ATTENTION: Now that school has started for most, please note the waterslides, kiddie pool and lazy river float are closed Monday through Friday. They will be open on Saturdays and Sundays through the month of September. The swimming area will remain open daily through September.

The mermaids are now on a three-show schedule Monday through Friday. Show times are 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.. The mermaids will continue their four-show schedule on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The weekends are still very busy, so we still encourage you to arrive early before the park opens. Thank you very much for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at the park!

Garden & Gun

A Dip into Southern Mermaid History

In small-town Florida in the 1950s, young women had three options, Vicki Smith says: “You got married, went off to school, or you became a Weeki Wachee mermaid.”

Smith, who grew up near Weeki Wachee Springs, chose the last option. At age 17, she began swimming at the longtime Sunshine State attraction. Today, at 78 years old, she is considered the world’s oldest performing mermaid.

“Whenever I sink beneath the surface of that beautiful water, I don’t want to get out again,” Smith says. “There’s a freedom there. The movement of the current feels like silk wrapping you, and the bubbles become silver pearls all around.”

To read the full article, click here


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *