The world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaids will splash into Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for a pair of four-day sessions in November. Visitors can see the mermaids on Thursday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 4 and Thursday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 11.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of the eight days, mermaids and pirates will dive beneath the surface of the Great Maya Reef, which is home to stingrays and tropical fish.
Each day will kick off with a pirate dive. Guests can also meet a mermaid up-close and have photos taken near the second floor Stingray touchpool as well as enjoy many different new activities.
Audubon Aquarium’s managing director Rich Toth said they’re excited for the mermaids’ return.
“We hope children will marvel at their performances while being inspired by the marine life and educational opportunities in our Aquarium,” Toth said.
In addition to viewings at the Great Maya Reef, Audubon Aquarium will offer several activities for kids and families during the mermaids’ visit. Kids can get transformed into a mermaid or pirate at the Sea Grass Salon, enjoy breakfast with the mermaids or attend the Mermaid and Pirate Party. Prices for these activities vary, and advance registration is highly recommended. More details on the packages can be found at Audubon’s website.
Adults can also enjoy an after-hours, all-inclusive cocktail event called the Mermaid Saloon on Nov. 8. The party will include signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, photo opportunities and mermaid sightings. Ticket prices range from $55 to $65 per person.
Located 45 minutes north of Tampa, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is one of Florida’s oldest roadside attractions, and is home to the world famous mermaids. These legendary sirens have been entertaining audiences worldwide since 1947.