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  Weeki Wachee, Pistachio St
by Tolik

The Western Florida town itself is only of passing interest, with precious little to see or do other than a couple of hours of exploratory wanderings. But Weeki Wachee is a great home base if you are looking for an adventure that includes the surrounding areas. Another major road, Shoal Line Blvd. Runs takes you to the local parks and beaches.

This area of the Western Florida is known as the Nature Coast. Instead of white sand beaches and seaside resorts you will find sea-salt marshes and wild rivers. While this spells bad news for the beach-lovers, it means excellent conditions for wildlife.

Most famous inhabitants are manatees or the sea cows, but the Nature Coast is also home to hundreds of bird species. The ancient manatee used to confuse sailors into beleiving that they had sighted a mermaid. The sailors drank a lot of rum, as the sea cow, with its burlap-like skin and up to 3,500-pound un-girlish figure, more closely resembles the elephant. High tourist season in the area is January - March when you can see the visiting manatees - they come to winter here in warm pockets of water created by natural springs. You can even dive to see manatees in Crystal Rive Manatee Dive tour.

But you can find the live mermaids too (no drinking necessary) - at the Weeki Wachee Springs Waterpark.

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  • Updated Nov 29, 2003
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