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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park – One of the most visited attractions in west central Florida where mermaids have delighted visitors since 1947.
Golf – Experience private Championship Golf at Glen Lakes Golf and Country Club .
Crystal River Kayak Company – A great way traverse these clear freshwater springs and rivers.
Manatee Viewing – You can actually swim with the manatees, especially if you go on a non-crowded day, you may be able to swim with a whole pod of these gentle giants.
Eat Like a Local
Becky Jack’s Food Shack – Only two miles from the Weeki Wachee State Park you’ll find this funky laid-back restaurant with great food and unique atmosphere. beckyjacks.com
Brian’s Place – This Spanish-Italian fusion restaurant is a rare treat that offers adventurous cuisine with perfect proportions at the right price. briansonthebeach.com
Upper Deck – Kayak from the state park to the Upper Deck that has a spectacular views of the Weeki Wachee River. You might even see some manatee while there. upperdeckweekiwachee.com
Kayaking, Manatees and Mermaids in Weeki Wachee
Along the west coast, north of Tampa, lies Florida’s Nature Coast. Beyond the hustle and bustle of big cities, the Nature Coast offers scenic beauty with more freshwater springs than anywhere in the country.
Weeki Wachee is one of the Nature Coast’s charming towns and touts itself as “The Only City with Live Mermaids.” Water bubbles up from an aquifer in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park where they have daily mermaid shows and manatees frolic in the constant 74 degree water. Kayaking and canoeing in the crystal clear waters is a favorite pasttime of residents and visitors alike.