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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Spring Hill

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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Spring Hill
FL
34606
Tel: 352 596-2062

Where are we going today?

The State Parks in the USA are pretty special, however some have that extra point of difference that makes it super fun for a family day out!

Have you ever been to a mermaid show? Welcome to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park!

There are a host of family attractions, activities and entertainment in the Florida State Park. Where to begin!

How about those famous mermaid shows? You can see the world famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs as they perform for you - The Little Mermaid of course!

These beautiful mermaids also perform underwater feats from over 60 years, including drinking and eating underwater. Of course there are musical numbers too! 

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park also takes you on a fun river cruise along the Weeki Wachee River. Their experienced boat captains give families a fun and educational experience, where you can learn all about the river, and all the different types of wildlife that you might be able to spot!

Animal shows are up next, where kids can have some pretty unique and special encounters. Alligators, snakes and other amazing creatures are waiting to say hello and have their picture taken with you!

And what some people consider the highlight - Buccaneer Bay! This is Florida's ONLY spring-fed waterpark! White sandy beaches, thrilling flume rides, a kiddie pool area, tiki bar, beach volleyball and the constant 72 degree spring water of Weeki Wachee Springs!

With canoeing and kayaking available on the river too, you certainly won't be short on things to do in this amazing state park!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$13 / day
  • Children$8 / day (ages 6 to 12)
  • Free Under: 5 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am - 5:30pm. Show and boat times vary within opening hours

365 days a year.

Teachers corner

They have camps! Mermaid Camp is great fun for those who want to be an underwater performer. They have lifeguard and ranger camps too .

Any Top Tips?

Don't forget hats and sunscreen, and you might want to pack those cameras too!.

Need a little extra help?

You can rent wheelchairs for $3. If you're unsure what attractions you can enjoy, speak to staff when you arrive and they can help.

Can I get one of those?

You can rent tubes, as well as lockers, so why not make your time there a bit more fun!.

More information

The swimming area is open 365 in Buccaneer Bay, but the slides kiddie pool and lazy river are seasonal.

What people are saying?

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    Old school Florida tourist trap at its best. This is what road trips were made of before the corporate mega-parks put all the little mom-n-pop places out of business (e.g., Cypress Gardens, Silver Springs). I don't care if it isn't the "best" - it brings back memories, it is unique, and it is a welcome place to spend a low-key, low cost, half of a day compared to the rush of every place else.

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    Most of these reviews were mistaking it for Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, but this isn't the place with the mermaids. This is a nature preserve with no facilities and no mer-creatures of any sort. It's my favorite preserve in the area - very unique scenery and a great place for a hike. Oh, and it has a hill! That's kind of unique for this part of Florida...

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    We rented a double Kayak and we had such a great time. The people who rented a canoe not so much, theirs kept flipping over while we were just passing through in such a nice ride. I enjoyed it very much. I would highly reccomend.

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    The mermaid show is the only reason to go to this state park. Everyone knows that! There is a crappy kids water park called Buccaneer Bay and believe me it's nothing to write home about. On July 4 weekend I took my parents to see the show. I couldn't believe they remembered the Weeki Wachee commercials from their childhood (in the 60s, they were living in New York... watching this dinky park in Spring Hill Florida on national tv!). So anyway the show was cancelled due to a lightning warning (did not actually see any lightning), but staff on...Read More

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    I had such a good time at this fun, quirky park. There are two parts of the park. The first part is one that you walk through, taking photos, and you can also take a short cruise down the river, and learn about wildlife. You can also watch a mermaid show. The second part is a water park, that has 3 water slides, and a swimming area. $8.00 gets you into both parts, and parking is free. Pretty cheap for a good time! I do wish that the "tubing area" was larger (it is roped off, which was kind of a bummer). Also, as soon as we got to the end of the...Read More

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by Kara Malin

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The mermaid show is the only reason to go to this state park. Everyone knows that! There is a crappy kids water park called Buccaneer Bay and believe me it's nothing to write home about. On July 4 weekend I took my parents to see the show. I couldn't believe they remembered the Weeki Wachee commercials from their childhood (in the 60s, they were living in New York... watching this dinky park in Spring Hill Florida on national tv!). So anyway the show was cancelled due to a lightning warning (did not actually see any lightning), but staff on the overhead speaker encouraged all 400 patrons packed like sardines in their auditorium to swim in the BUCCANEER BAY instead. That doesn't make any sense!!!! The management refused to issue any refunds, they would not even give out rain checks to those who complained. I call that fraud buddy!!!!!!!!!!!

by Bizarre Barbie

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I had such a good time at this fun, quirky park. There are two parts of the park. The first part is one that you walk through, taking photos, and you can also take a short cruise down the river, and learn about wildlife. You can also watch a mermaid show. The second part is a water park, that has 3 water slides, and a swimming area. $8.00 gets you into both parts, and parking is free. Pretty cheap for a good time! I do wish that the "tubing area" was larger (it is roped off, which was kind of a bummer). Also, as soon as we got to the end of the "tubing area", the employee was a little bit snappy, and wanted us to move right away. I could have done without the rudeness, on a nice relaxing day. Other than that, I give this place 4 out of 5 stars, because it is a fun family day for cheap!

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