Live Mermaid Show
Since 1947, millions of visitors have been amazed and charmed by the world famous mermaids who inhabit the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and perform live shows.
In 1946, Newton Perry, a former U.S. Navy man who trained Navy Frogmen to swim underwater in World War II, scouted out Weeki Wachee as a good site for a new business. Newt experimented with underwater breathing hoses and invented a method of breathing underwater from a free-flowing air hose supplying oxygen from an air compressor, rather than from a tank strapped to the back. With the air hose, humans could give the appearance of thriving twenty feet underwater with no breathing apparatus.
Weeki Wachee’s was purchased by ABC in 1959 who built the current theater, which seats 400 and is embedded in the side of the spring 16 feet below the surface. ABC developed themes for the underwater shows and performed Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, and Peter Pan. All sorts of people stopped to see the mermaids, including Elvis Presley, Don Knotts, Esther Williams, and Arthur Godfrey
In addition to live mermaid shows, visitors can swim at Buccaneer Bay, see the wildlife animal show, or take a river boat cruise down the Weeki Wachee River and into Old Florida. Visitors can pose with mermaids and children can attend the summer Mermaid Camp and fulfill their dreams of becoming a little mermaid or a merman.
We think it’s well worth the 1.5 hour drive to witness a one of a kind spectacular mermaid performance.