Mermaids are Real!

Florida trip, Part 7

So, when I’m thinking about Florida and I’m not thinking of Coral Castle or Miami Vice, I’m thinking about the Weeki Wachee Mermaids! I mean, obviously!

MIAMI VICE — Sleuth Series — Pictured: (l-r) Don Johnson as Det. John “Sonny” Crockett, Philip Michael Thomas as Det. Ricardo Tubbs — Sleuth Photo

I wasn’t interested in too much of West Coast Florida, but I had to see the mermaids. This has been a Florida attraction since 1947, and I was so surprised to learn they still exist! I’ve been reading/thinking about them since the early 1990s. I’m a pessimist when it comes to visiting old tourist attractions, so I had pretty low expectations. I drove up from Kissimmee, pedal to the metal, and barely made the final show of the day. I was like 10 minutes late or something.

Oh man, the show was SO GREAT! Archival film footage, live pre-recorded comedy, straight up unparalleled mermaid behavior…. The scene is pretty much what it was in 1947 when the show opened, but it stands the test of time.


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