Take a SideTrip to Weeki Wachee Springs

by Rachel Baker on September 6, 2013

A two-hour drive across Central Florida from Disney, lies the only place in the world you can see live mermaids. Next time you plan your trip to Disney and all the top notched theme parks in the Orlando, FL area, meander your way to Weeki Wachee Springs, FL.

When I reached the intersection of 50 and Route 19, a faded blue-and-white sign welcomed me to Weeki Wachee Springs, which is both a very small “city” (population: 4) and a 538-acre state park. It is also “the world’s only city of live mermaids.” For an entrance fee of just $13, the “live mermaids” perform three or four daily shows in the Newton Perry Underwater Theater. Perry was a local entrepreneur and diver who built the theater directly into the limestone side of the spring in 1947.


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