Everyone is familiar with Florida’s hot sun and warm sandy beaches. Often, people visit Clearwater, Venice, Naples or other Gulf Coast areas.
There are many hidden gems for you to check out if you ever are visiting the Gulf Coast of Florida. One such area is called Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
This park is about an hour north of the Tampa Clearwater area. Visitors have been coming here since 1947 and have been witnessing the magic of the mermaids on the riverboat cruise or by canoe or kayak on the river. The park is 538 acres and features a first magnitude spring and a theater for watching the mermaid show.
The name Weeki Wachee was named by the Seminole Indians which means little spring or winding River. What is amazing to so many people is that the spring is so deep, no one has ever been able to find the bottom. As you go deeper into the spring, the current is so strong and can knock a scuba divers mask off. At the bottom that you can see of the spring, and is 100 feet wide with limestone sides.
There is also a great river boat cruise where you can float along the crystal clear water and see bald eagles, turtles, wild turkeys, dear, fishes of all sizes etc. If you are lucky you might even see some manatees so make sure you have your camera at the ready.
If you were into wildlife, there are a lot of different options to see alligators and snakes. There are also exotic birds native to Florida area. It is a great educational experience for children and adults alike. If you like to kayak or paddleboard, you can do this as well, just be careful of the alligators.
So if you are visiting the West Coast of Florida and are open to taking a drive an hour north of the Tampa area, deafly come check out Weeki Wachee Springs State Park!!!
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