The second spring semester was over, Alex and I took off to Orlando for a whole week. Besides Weeki Wachee, we got the chance to go to all four Disney parks. . . multiple times ( I was ready to pass out, temperatures were reaching close to the 90s). When we made it to Weeki Wachee it was perfect weather. The drive was about an hour and a half & we got there when it opened. We paid $13 to enter the national park but the good thing is that it includes a boat ride around the spring, a wildlife show, entrance to the waterpark called Buccaneer Bay, and what they’re best known for, the Mermaid show.
The only thing we were disappointed about was the kayaking and paddleboarding. Based on the website, we thought we’d be able to rent a kayak at the park but we soon realized that all water activities were available for rent at the park next door and reservations were highly recommended. So just keep that in mind.
I was super hyped about kayaking because the spring is known for its crystal clear waters & many people have spotted otters and manatees while out in the water. So to all you Miamians that travel to Orlando, this place is definitely worth checking out plus you can tell all your friends that mermaids are a real thing.
1. If you can’t swim (like me) or have kids (not like me), there is a kiddie pool. The spring can get as deep as 20 ft. so keep a close eye on your little ones.
2. If you do decide to kayak or paddleboard, the trip is a 3-hour float down 5.5 miles of the spring. So pack some snacks or a full out buffet like I would because there are several stops you can make.
3. You can also rent single, double or triple inner tubes for the lazy river at the park (this is part of Buccaneer Bay). I can’t say much about the lazy river because it was closed when we went. But here are the prices.
Much love, Cindy C.