Park Rules & FAQs

Park Rules & FAQs

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park – Buccaneer Bay

  • Due to limited seating, we cannot assure that all guests will be able to enjoy the River Boat Cruise.
  • Inclement weather may affect park operations. It is recommended that you call the park on days with unfavorable weather for any possible changes. We recommend signing up for our text message alerts by texting the keyword, WEEKI to 51660.
  • Tickets are not refundable. This includes weather closures. Please check the forecast before visiting the park.
  • We recommend guests check our Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates regarding capacity and closures.
  • The ticket window closes at 4:30 PM each day.
  • You cannot purchase tickets for anyone not presently with you. There are no refunds given for tickets not used because capacity was reached before they arrived. You may use those tickets up to one year from the date of purchase.
  • If you are arriving during inclement weather and the water activities are temporarily closed, the park will not sell any tickets. Entry will be allowed only when the water safety team deems it safe.
  • Pets are not permitted in the park with the exception of service dogs, as defined by the ADA. Emotional support dogs are NOT recognized by the ADA as service animals. Kennels are not available. Do NOT leave your pet in the car. We will call the local sheriff’s office immediately, and they will issue a fine.
  • Food and drink are not permitted inside the buildings at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, including the Underwater Theater. However, you can bring food/drink into the park, and use the picnic areas located on the water park side (Buccaneer Bay).
  • No cooking/grilling is permitted. Alcohol and glassware are NOT permitted anywhere in the park. There is a concessionaire who sells food inside the park.
  • Radios and boomboxes are not permitted.
  • Appropriate clothing is required. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park reserves the right to refuse admittance for inappropriate or offensive attire.
  • Shirt and shoes are required. This includes inside the underwater theater.
  • Costumes (including mermaid tails), are not permitted to be worn inside the park.
  • Swimming is not permitted in the main-spring. Only in the designated swimming area at Buc Bay.
  • Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For your protection, park rules in 62D-2 F.A.C. are enforced.
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

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Park Capacity

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is always excited to welcome its guests and supporters to come out and enjoy the environment, history, and recreation we have to offer. With this being said, please plan on arriving early. We open our gates at 9:00 am, 365 days a year.

Due to heavy popularity, the park often reaches capacity on weekends, holidays, and during the summer season. We will close for entry until space for new guests has been made. Unfortunately, all guests who arrive after the park has reached capacity will be turned away and asked to return at a later time. This includes guests who are annual pass holders, have an existing ticket, and individuals affiliated with large parties that have already entered the park. We appreciate your patience and look forward to your visit. You can sign up for our local text alerts by texting the keyword, Weeki, to 51660. We also update our Facebook and Twitter page for potential closings.

Important FAQs to Know

  • Your entire party must wait together in line to purchase tickets.
  • You must remain in line to purchase tickets. You will lose your spot and not be able to gain entry into the park if you decide to leave the line.
  • You can not park anywhere except for a valid parking space in the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park parking lot.
  • Groups that are walking across US Hwy. 19 will be not be permitted into the park. Parking off-site simply indicates parking was full and we are at capacity.
  • Any cars parked in neighboring businesses parking will be towed at owner’s expense.
  • Anyone with pre-purchased tickets, complimentary tickets or annual passes will not gain entry once the park has reached capacity.
  • The park does not offer birthday packages. Pavilions are on a first-come basis. Pavilions or picnic tables cannot be reserved.

Park Rules for Buccaneer Bay Waterpark

  • Inclement weather may affect park operations. It is recommended that you call the park on days with unfavorable weather for any possible changes. We highly recommend signing up for our text message alerts by texting the keyword, WEEKI to 51660.
  • Tickets are not refundable. This includes weather closures. Please check the weather forecast before visiting the park.
  • Pets are not permitted inside the park with the exception of service dogs, as defined by the ADA. Companion/emotional support pets are not defined as a service pet.
  • To help protect the spring, the environment, and the comfort of others, the beach area at Buccaneer Bay is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is permitted in outdoor designated areas only.
  • The ticket window closes at 4:30 PM each day.
  • The waterslides and swimming area close 15 minutes prior to park closing.
  • Guests must be at least 42 inches tall to ride Pirate’s Revenge and the Thunderbolt flumes and 48 inches tall to ride the Cannonball. Denim shorts (cut-off jeans), nor shirts, are not permitted to be worn on the water slides for safety. Swim (skin) shirts are acceptable.
  • Only tubes rented from the concessionaire are permitted on the lazy river float. You are able to bring your own tube, but it can ONLY be used in the swimming area, NOT the lazy river. Tubes MUST be smaller than 48-inches. Management has the right to remove any tubes in the water they deem to pose a safety risk. The lazy river does have a capacity limit for safety reasons.
  • You can bring your own chairs, tents, coolers, and umbrellas. However, umbrellas and tents are not permitted on the beach. You will need to speak with a lifeguard upon arrival as to where you can set up, so not to impede a lifeguard’s vision of the swimming area. ALL coolers will be checked at the gate upon arrival.
  • Radios and boomboxes are not permitted.
  • Appropriate swimwear is required. Buccaneer Bay reserves the right to refuse admittance for inappropriate or offensive attire.
  • Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Grilling is not permitted inside the park. Alcohol and glassware are NOT permitted anywhere in the park. There is a concessionaire who sells food inside the park.
  • Swimming is not permitted in the main-spring. Only in the designated swimming area.
  • Buccaneer Bay is a natural spring, therefore accessible to all wildlife that may inhabit the river. Wildlife may include alligators, turtles, manatees & otters. DO NOT approach, touch, or feed any of the wildlife. It is against the law.

For your protection, park rules in 62D-2 F.A.C. are enforced.
Buccaneer Bay is not responsible for lost or stolen items.