The 1940s Mermaid Show That’s Still Pulling Crowds

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In Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Florida, there’s a mermaid show — and there has been for 70 years. It’s one of the United States’ oldest roadside attractions, and it still does three shows a day.At least, provided the local wildlife doesn’t get in the way.

image/source: Tom Scott

At least, provided the local wildlife doesn’t get in the way.The home of gorgeous natural springs and a legendary underwater mermaid show began in the 1940s. While the show was very popular up through the 1960s, the cynicism of the 1990s along with the shiny newness of other more more modern parks almost took the show down.

But the nostalgic philosophy that states everything old is new again, the show has once again enjoyed a healthy rebound with help from an appreciative state.

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The Mermaids of Weeki Wachee perform underwater feats from the past six decades, including eating and drinking underwater. The show also includes several musical numbers. The theater sits above subterranean aquifers that pump over 170 million gallons of freshwater per day.

VIATom Scott
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