Hit the Road: an outdoor adventure to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Rent a kayak to see Weeki Wachee’s wildlife up close and personal. | Photo by @carlie.stach

We’re kicking off our summer road trip series — Hit the Road — with an outdoor adventure-themed trip to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. With over seven miles of river and a natural spring to explore, this area is a great destination for experienced adventurers + novice nature seekers alike. 

Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.

Drive time: ~1.5 hours

Est. population: 113,742

Avg. high in June: 90°

🥾Things to do

Weeki Fresh Water Adventures

Want to get close to nature? Rent a kayak or paddleboard to take a 5.5-mile ride down the  Weeki Wachee River — keep an eye out for manatees, turtles, or river otters on your journey.

Buccaneer Bay

For more of a thrill, ride down water slides into the cold spring water at Buccaneer Bay. Rent an inner tube for a leisurely float down the natural lazy river, or relax on the white sand beach after going for a swim.

Mermaid shows

Step into the park’s underwater amphitheater to watch a show from the Mermaids of Weeki Wachee State Park. These aquatic performers have entertained audiences for the past 60 years with their fin-tastic skills. 

Cool off after a day in the sun with a bloody mary or mimosa from Breakfast Station. | Photo by @cristina34442

🍽️ Fuel up after kayaking

Mermaid Galley

After paddling down the Weeki Wachee River, refuel with a burger, sandwich, or salad on-site at the park. Then, treat yourself to a well-deserved ice cream cone.

Breakfast Station

Stop by this local spot after your park trip for brunch and a mimosa until 3 p.m. Order the Tiffany Blue Mimosa to remind you of the clear spring waters.

Nouvelle Cuisine

If you’re still in the adventurous mood, try something new from Nouvelle Cuisine. This fine dining restaurant is serving up French and Belgian food like escargot + seafood-stuffed crepes. 

End your day of adventure by watching the sunset from the deck at Best Place in WeekiWachee. | Photo via VRBO

🏕️ Cozy campsites + cabins

Best Place at WeekiWachee, Hernando County

Enjoy the best views of the Gulf of Mexico at this home on Pine Island, six miles from the state park. You can even launch a boat from its backyard with 600 feet of waterfront access.

Private Island Luxury Home, North Weeki Wachee

Located on a secluded peninsula, this vacation home will feel like you really are on your own private island. It’s just five minutes away from Weeki Wachee State Park.

Chassahowitzka River Campground, 8600 W. Miss Maggie Dr, Homosassa

Florida has no shortage of natural beauty to enjoy. Pitch a tent or park your camper at this campground to enjoy the outdoors on the Chassahowitzka River.

Looking for more recommendations? Head to the link below. Plus, stay tuned for the July installment of our Hit the Road series. We’ll be highlighting a 30-mile road trip