A few days ago, I published a comprehensive article about the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and about paddling down the Weeki Wachee River over on the Happier Place website. Please feel free to check it out right now: Meet Mermaids and Paddle A Crystal Clear River: Weeki Wachee Springs and River (Florida)

Or… just stay here and look at the photos I included with that article (and a few more) without all the additional information about the park, the river and all my tips about visiting. This here blog post is all about the photos.

Just FYI: If you’d like to see a photo larger. Just click on it. With some of them it’ll also give you the option to purchase a print or another item featuring that image (e.g., mug, magnet, phone case etc.). How very entrepreneurial of me, right?

Okay, let’s start with an afternoon on the Weeki Wachee River…

The water of the Weeki Wachee River is so clear that you’ll see every fish and manatee – if you’re there during manatee season (winter + early spring), which we were not.
During the day, the water appears turquoise where it reflects the blue sky and the white sand is free of any underwater vegetation.
Whiskey Dog and Scott floating along the Weeki Wachee River around Golden Hour, when the water appears in more of a honey color.
Whiskey’s very first swim in fresh water since moving to Florida. She gets plenty of saltwater swims in, but lakes are off-limits due to the alligators, naturally.
Towards the end of our kayak and SUP tour down the Weeki Wachee River we cruised by quite a few houses and backyards with steps right into the river.
Closing out a day on the Weeki Wachee River: Erik contemplating if to turn left or right to get back to Rogers Park (and our car) before dark. The answer is: to the left!

 And now on to a fun day at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park…

This is the actual Weeki Wachee Spring – one of the deepest in North America. The building in the background is the Mermaid Theatre, which allows underwater viewing straight into the spring. To the right is where the river flows along Bucaneer Bay and then on for about 10 miles west until the Weeki Wachee River reaches the Gulf of Mexico.
A swimmer’s perspective of the Weeki Wachee River just past the spring.
Buccaneer Bay is the water park is part of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and was built right next to the actual spring – allowing you to swim in shallow, clear water flowing from the spring down the river.
Nothing quite like tubing down a gentle, refreshing river with your besties. There is a short and lovely tubing section as part of Buccaneer Bay. Rentals are available. You can’t bring your own floaties.
Baby Alligator. Erik totally touched it. I didn’t. Scott was fishing elsewhere.
Yeah, there are peacocks just roaming around Weeki Wachee State Park and right here in Buccaneer Bay.
Peacock – in classic colors and attitude.
Brown peafowl chicks and their white “albino” peafowl mother.
The Mold-A-Matic just made this “girl on a seahorse” for me while I was watching!

Oh, you came here to see photos of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids? Well, here you go then…


If you want to know more about the Florida State Park or the spring-fed river, check out this comprehensive guide to Weeki Wachee.

2020 Update

Since the first trip and this blog post, I’ve been back to Weeki Wachee several times, seeing lots of manatees, and taking quite a few more photos. Here are just a few (more on the Happier.Place website).

Kayaking on the Weeki Wachee River, Florida
Scott floating down the Weeki Wachee in his fishing kayak.
Weeki Wachee River, Florida
Just another manatee swimming by. No big deal.
Weeki Wachee River, Florida
Manatee sticking its head out of the water to munch on some above-water plants.
Kayaker on the Weeki Wachee River, Florida
Scott cruising along in his kayak, seen from my vantage point atop a rental SUP (since the pump for my inflatable broke that day. Booh).

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