Weeki Wachee Springs and Underwater Theater

By Published On: May 25th, 2021

Weeki Wachee Springs and Underwater Theater

Published on 05/25/21: First, make sure you are Following @LovingStPete on Facebook and Instagram for local activity ideas and day trips to unique places! We are grateful for your support! 👨‍👩‍👦 🏝 Now to discuss our recent day trip to Weeki Wachee Springs!

Brief history of Weeki Wachee

Did you know the deepest freshwater cave system in the U.S. is just 60 miles north of St. Pete? Newton Perry scouted the land in 1946, believing it was perfect for a new business. He made quick work, as the first show at his new Weeki Wachee Springs underwater theater opened in 1947. Fast forward to 1982, ‘Buccaneer Bay’ was added to the park with a couple waterslides and white sand beach, giving us what we have today.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is an icon of the ‘yesteryear’ of Florida tourism, with the mermaids performing ever since 1946. Many famous stars have visited the park and the aquatic goddesses themselves have starred in multiple movies.

Weeki Wachee Today

It’s easy to see why Mr. Perry originally staked his claim. Hard to imagine anyone stumbling across this land with crystal clear flowing water and saying “that’s nice, but let’s find another spot”. While it appears you’re pulling up to a water park (tall slides), we had to remind ourselves that the park is built around natural springs. It’s not Six Flags plunging you into a chlorinated pool. Each day, 170 million gallons of 72-74 degree water flow from the subterranean cavern through the park and on into the Gulf. Very unique.

Arrive Early

The key is to arrive early if you’re visiting on the weekend (by 9am). These days, once capacity is reached, the gates close. Same with the mermaid show, as only the first certain number of people thru the gates receive tickets to the show (at no additional cost). We arrived at 10:30am, so Colt was unable to flirt with the gals. Next time. In fact, even all the beach chairs were taken. But that’s fine, as we enjoyed simply exploring the park and the entertaining animal show. Speaking of animals, Peacocks roam freely, keep an eye out on fences and roofs!

Next door to the waterpark you can rent kayaks & canoes to drift/paddle the beautiful river! The park recommends reserving 1-2 weeks in advance. You can bring your own, though still need to reserve a launch time as they stagger launches for crowd management.

– Park Entry Fee: Adults are $13, Children ages 6-12 are $8, Free for 5 and under.
– The Wilderness River Cruise is not available currently
– Park Open: 9am-5:30pm Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
– 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee FL

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Address: 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee FL

Phone: 352-597-8484

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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