Decided to sit back and enjoy local this week by heading to Weeki Wachee Springs, a place that I absolutely never knew existed until about two weeks ago. Weeki Wachee is located in Spring Hill, Florida, just a little over 45 minutes north of Tampa. This Florida state park is home to one of Florida's most beautiful springs. It's also the home of and permanent playground to the famous mermaids of Weeki Wachee. I'm telling you, this place is truly enchanting!
Pristine blue waters with deep dark gouges, lush greens, water slides, real live mermaids, and peacocks are just some of what makes Weeki Wachee such a cool place to visit. You almost feel as if you're on a deserted island with a bunch of people who've decided to make the very best of it. I must warn you though, that the water is absolutely freezing! You'll get use to it. Piece of advice...very little thinking, just dive on in!
Here are some quick tips on how to keep those pockets as cool as Weeki Wachee waters, should you decide to pay a visit:
1. You've heard of the term, "pack light", however in this case, don't! If visiting during Florida's warmer months, which are typically more hot than they are warm, and more frequent than not, then packing a tent and beach chairs is an absolute must! While there is some shelter available at the park, the extent of availability is on a first come, first serve basis.
2. Arrive prepared! This means, pack stuff (i.e. food, drinks, ice, snacks for babies, toys, floats)! I know what you're thinking, "gee, this sounds like a lot!", however, arriving prepared will spare you from having to rent or purchase these things when you get there. We all know that food, beverage, and rental prices are sky high when visiting most, if not all, themed parks, so why not reserve some of that money to use on another rainy day by ensuring that you are well prepared and have your own.
3. Don't panic, there are other food options! Should you decide to keep it somewhat light, and pack the bare minimum with regard to food and beverages, then don't panic, there are several fast food and dine-in restaurants located just outside of Weeki Wachee. You can snag a couple of $5 pizzas from Little Caesars, and bam...you're all set! Or, if push comes to shove and you're just not up for leaving, you can always make food and beverage purchases from right within the park.
I'd have to say, that Weeki Wachee may just become one of our favorite spots to hang during our summers off. Nothing like deciding on a whim to pack up the car and the kids and head somewhere that looks and feels like paradise, only minus the flights, the stress, and the hurt that it puts on your wallet.
To read about Weeki Wachee Springs and what they have to offer, click here. Happy Hump Day folks!!!