Aquatic acrobatic theater, on Florida’s western coast.
Weeki Wachee Springs Celebrates Mermaids
Credit: John Athanason

Hidden in Florida’s so-called Big Bend, mermaid-themed hamlet Weeki Wachee Springs is a quirky Old Florida oddity. Check out its one-of-a-kind amusement park during the day (children who grew up watching The Little Mermaid will be in awe) and then retreat to Homosassa Springs for the evening.

Weeki Wachee Springs

More than 60 years old, the mermaid show is the main lure at this theme park, where a troupe (currently 17 strong) of aquatic acrobats in mermaid-like fins performs Esther Williams-esque routines in the pool. There are also bird shows and a river cruise included in the entry fee, but the kitschy show is unbeatable.

Riverside Resort

The hotel has four-person suites with full kitchenettes—plus monkeys and the chance to swim with manatees!


The expat Greek hub Tarpon Springs, was once populated with sponge divers: their legacy is the fresh Mediterranean food at spots like this one.

Florida Canoe

Once you’ve watched the Weeki Wachee Springs’ mermaid show, hit the spring-fed waters yourself in a canoe. This tour operator offers three-and-a-half-hour self-guided paddling trips that span about seven miles. You’ll end up in Rogers Park where you’ll be met and transported back to your starting point.