Weeki Wachee: Spring #11

Is this anything? That’s the question that kept running through my mind as I watched the “famous” Weeki Wachee mermaid show.


You may remember the David Letterman bit where he, Paul Shaffer, and sometimes a guest judge would ask the question, “Is this anything?” after watching a performance. In addition to the the act they were judging, the hula hoop girl and meat grinder girl sometimes accompanied the “Is this anything?” performer on stage and often times, they were more entertaining than those being evaluated.

Well, I’m afraid my impression of the mermaid show was that it was simply a longer version of one of these performances but this time missing the hula hoop and meat grinder girls. And in fact, when we left the theater, my question to John: “Was it anything?”

Unfortunately, we both came to the conclusion, that no, it was nothing. The bubbles between acts provided more interest than the mermaids.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park turned out to be a major disappointment. Due to the large crowds, no rental canoes or kayaks were available so our plan to paddle down the river went down the tube.

The boats were not operating in the park, and the mermaid show was less than spectacular. Fortunately, we did not pay the $13 per person entry fee since we purchased the annual Florida State Park Pass and admission to the park was included in the with the pass.

The $99 admission to a Florida theme park looks like a bargain compared to $13 at Weeki Wachee. However, the admission does permit visitors to spend the day at Buccaneer Bay, the water park, so on a hot summer’s day, it may be worth a visit for those with children.


On the bright side, we set a goal to visit at least 14 of Florida’s springs this year and Weeki Wachi makes eleven. I’m glad we went to see an old time Florida roadside attraction, but I don’t need to go again.


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