If you’re bringing the family on a Florida vacation, with miles of sandy beaches and a hopping nightlife, The Sunshine State has plenty for mom and dad. But you’ll want to take the kids to see the mermaids.
Yes. That’s right! There are mermaids in Florida! Not real ones, obviously, but your youngsters won’t notice. So, let’s unpack 5 Places to See Mermaids in Florida.
#1 Weeki Wachee Springs
Located in Spring Hill, Florida, Weeki Wachee Springs is probably the number one place to see mermaids in the Sunshine State. The Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaids call the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park home.
Here the mermaid show is a version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. The underwater presentation can be viewed from dry seats in the Newton Perry amphitheater within the state park located at the intersection of S.R. 50 and Hwy. 19, just 45 minutes north of Tampa, Florida.
Fees for the park range from $13 for adults, and $8 for children ages 6 to 12. Ages 5 and under are admitted free.
#2 Mertailor’s Mermaid Aquarium Encounter
Mertailor’s Mermaid Aquarium Encounter is located on W Gulf to Lake Hwy in Lecanto, Florida. It’s a fairly new all-in-one shop and mermaid aquarium. Here you can purchase mermaid merchandise and check out the mermaids showcasing their underwater talent in the aquarium.
The aquarium, which opened in 2021, is home to a variety of marine life from local sources as well as from oceans around the world. Some marine life displayed is from Florida’s natural springs, like the Florida garfish and American bullfrog. Others include ocean species such as the Peacock Mantis Shrimp and Two-Spotted Octopus.
The aquarium is open Monday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Shows are currently at 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, and 3 PM, Monday – Saturday. Prices range from $15 for children 4-12 and $20 for everyone over 13.
#3 The Wreck Bar
Located at B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale, The Wreck Bar, not just for youngsters, is a maritime-themed dive bar featuring porthole views of a pool with mermaid shows. The bar boasts 21+ shows such as the Aquamen Boylesque Show where the fellas hit the water on Thursday nights. And every Friday and Saturday night you can catch a MeduSirena aqua burlesque show.
#4 The Blue Lagoon Farm’s Mermaid Encounter
Located just outside of Miami in Homestead, Florida, the Blue Lagoon Farm is one of northern Florida’s popular attractions. This manmade lagoon is a great place to swim on any day but what brings visitors back is the once-a-month mermaid encounter.
You can swim here or have a picnic, but the main attraction is the chance to meet a mermaid up close and personal at the Blue Lagoon Farm.
#5 Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area
Located in the Ocala National Forest in Salt Springs, Florida, the Silver Glen Springs Recreation Area boasts a bit more than your average recreation. It’s a beautiful swimming and snorkeling spot where you get a chance to be a mermaid while swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the spring.
Admission for day use is $9 per person on weekdays and $12 per person on weekends. However, these policies and fees are subject to change. Be sure and stay up to speed on all the hot spots and sweet destinations in Florida.
Return to Travel Hop regularly for all the latest travel news and updates.