The enchanting Weeki Wachee mermaids
Florida Vacation Guide to the Mermaids of Weeki Wachee
What is more magical than a mermaid? These mythical creatures can invade the dreams of children of all ages. Many of us never stop believing in mermaids. In fact, if you take a visit to the tiny town of Weeki Wachee on your Florida vacation, you’ll find yourself in a place where everyone knows for certain that mermaids are real.
See the live mermaid show at Weeki Wachee
Since 1947, the mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs have been entertaining visitors with their underwater acrobatics. When you visit Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, be sure to get tickets to the live mermaid show which takes place in a 400-seat submerged theater.
The history of the Weeki Wachee mermaid show
One of Florida’s oldest and most unique roadside attractions, you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported back to a simpler time when you sit back and watch the show taking place in the enchanted Weeki Wachee spring with its mermaids, turtles, manatees and bubbles.
Yes, every day, 117 million gallons of fresh, clear, 72-degree water springs up out of the earth. The spring is so deep that supposedly nobody has ever found the bottom. The current is so strong deep in the spring that it will knock the mask off a scuba diver. In fact, it’s amazing how the mermaids are able to stay in place 20 feet below the surface of the water where the current runs five miles per hour.
How does the magic happen?
Spoiler alert! While we like to believe the Weeki Wachee Spring really is enchanted, it’s not quite as simple as that. A former US Navy man who had been responsible for training SEALS how to swim under water during WWII, Newton Perry, developed the mermaid show. He invented a method of breathing underwater with a free-flowing air hose that supplies oxygen from an air compressor rather than from a tank strapped to a swimmer’s back. This gives humans the appearance of being able to thrive at twenty feet below the water without a special breathing apparatus.
Have you ever seen a mermaid?