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Weeki Wachee Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 126 photos

Weeki Wachee

This Hernando County town supposedly has a population of 12, but within the area of the Weeki Wachee Springs Park and Preserve, there are obviously a lot more residents crowded around some freshwater bayous that feed in to the Gulf of Mexico, about an hour's driving time north of Tampa Bay. The original "town" centers on a 1940's era theme park featuring the Weeki Wachee Mermaids. While the theme park still thrives, the real "mermaids" are the manatee that inhabit this fresh water wetland area. Although not all visitors can expect to see this wonderful "sea cows", I was fortunate to spot a group of them during a boat ride with a friend and resident of the area. The image here shows his boat.

  • Last visit to Weeki Wachee: May 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    I had no idea this place had its own entry into the VT database. I visited here as a child many years ago.

    • atufft's Profile Photo
      Apr 24, 2016 at 10:15 PM

      It really is an interesting place. If I lived there, I'd want my house built on 12' tall concrete posts though. Hurricanes and floods are all too common.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Hi, Alan~! Thanks for your story!

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