by Brittany Hall-Scharf
“Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.” – Chief Seattle
Did you know that volunteers collected 23,396 pieces of trash from the coastal communities, dredge islands, and marine waters along Hernando County during the 2018 and 2019 Coastal Cleanups hosted by UF/IFAS Extension.read more..
The tapestry of natural areas, parks, and preserves along Florida’s Adventure Coast support a spectacular diversity of flora and fauna. Spread along the Gulf of Mexico, the region offers 200,000 acres of protected parklands to explore, along with pristine rivers, swathes of old-growth forest, and the beautiful waters of the Gulf. From birding walks to family cycling trips.read more..
Far beneath the Mermaids, Buccaneer Bay slides and visitors bustling about enjoying Weeki Wachee Springs State Park lies a vast and mysterious realm few have entered.
Glide silently through sprawling caverns and narrow passageways as if strolling room-to-room in an otherworldly castle. Emerge from narrow cracks to spaces so immense that a parked jetliner would have room to.read more..
by John Athanason
Every year, Florida State Parks celebrate National Literacy Month, an important subject in this day and age of smartphones, tablets, and emails. In 2012, the agency asked each park to come up with an idea to promote the importance of reading and writing. Weeki Wachee aspired to do something unique to our park. Of course, the mermaids.read more..
“Dude, school’s out in a few weeks. What do you have planned this summer?”
“We’re going to Florida’s Adventure Coast for a week in July. My mom says I can bring a friend. Want to come?”
“Cool; I’d love to! What’s that area of Florida like?”read more..
With shimmering clarity, the Weeki Wachee is as precious as the aquamarine gem the Springs’ color resembles. Named by the Seminole Indians, the moniker is said to mean “Little Spring” or “Winding River.” Best known as home to Mermaids who have entertained audiences for generations, the entire waterway is itself a treasure on many levels, both above and below.read more..
“I remember coming to Weeki Wachee Springs as a child but that was – my goodness – fifty years ago!” Mary exclaimed. “The Mermaids, this beautiful river; I can’t believe it’s all still here.”read more..
How brilliant are you to base your Florida vacation right here in the middle of the state? You win with affordability, access and outdoor adventure.read more..
Mermaids are ethereal. Like sparkling apparitions, they shimmer through the mists of time. The subject of folklore, fairytale and mystery, early mermaid visions surfaced around 1000 B.C. Sweeping back history’s veils reveals possible origins in Greek mythology. Portrayed in ancient artwork, they were legendary creatures with the tails of fish and upper bodies of humans. Usually mermen, imagery of mermaids was.read more..