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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

This historic and world-renowned tourist attraction features Weeki Wachee Spring, 1 of Florida’s 33 first-magnitude springs. The spring, plus a second-magnitude spring in the park and several smaller springs outside the park, combine to form the 7-mile-long Weeki Wachee River.

Image of WEEKI WACHEE SPRING: Mermaids, an underwater theatre, river cruises and water slides make Weeki Wachee one of Floridas most entertaining spring destinations. For those looking for a more natural experience, the Weeki Wachee River offers a beautiful clear water run with swift waters and lots of wildlife. Canoes and kayaks can be rented and launched within the park.WEEKI WACHEE SPRING: Mermaids, an underwater theatre, river cruises and water slides make Weeki Wachee one of Floridas most entertaining spring destinations. For those looking for a more natural experience, the Weeki Wachee River offers a beautiful clear water run with swift waters and lots of wildlife. Canoes and kayaks can be rented and launched within the park. FGS

The spring’s average discharge is 112 million gallons a day. The sandy-bottomed spring pool is large, at 165 feet by 210 feet, but the vent is a small 20-foot by 3-foot opening through exposed limestone rock at a depth of 185 feet. The force of the discharge is too great for safe entry except during drought conditions. Divers report that the cave has a roomlike tunnel that is 55 feet wide, 28 feet high, and 220 feet long. They have been able to map and explore over 6,700 feet of deep passages, and report 1 pit to be just over 400 feet deep, the deepest recorded in the United States. The mermaids at Weeki Wachee Spring have delighted visitors since 1947, and visitors can still witness their magic from the 400-seat submerged theater. The park is located on U.S. Highway 19 at the intersection of State Road 50, just north of Spring Hill and south of Homosassa Springs.

At a Glance:

Activities: Mermaid show, animal shows, boat tour, kayaking/canoeing, scuba diving, wildlife viewing, restaurant, banquet hall, snack bar, picnic area. Buccaneer Bay (a seasonal water park) offers swimming, a water slide, and snorkeling,

Entrance Fee: Yes

Scuba Diving: Yes–open water only and by reservation through the park

Onsite Camping: No

Dogs Allowed: No

Type of Park: Florida state park

Address and Contact Information:

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

6131 Commercial Way

Spring Hill, FL 34606

Phone: (352) 592–5656

Get More Information:

http://floridastateparks.org/weekiwachee/

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