On the other side of the glass, the mermaids, with their glimmering tails and flowing hair swim through the cool, blue water. They perform with grace, moving effortlessly. The Weeki Wachee Florida mermaid show started in 1947. Former U.S. Navy sailor Newton Perry came a year earlier to the springs where he experimented with breathing through an air hose supplied by an air compressor while under water. He soon perfected “hose breathing” and built an under water theater in the spring.

Perry scouted girls with strong swimming skills and trained them to perform underwater, including dancing, eating and drinking, and avoiding the occasional alligator. Girls came from around the world to audition. Today the show wows more than 250,000 visitors each year, a popular choice for the residents of nearby GlenLakes with visiting grandchildren and family members.

Although Weeki Wachee has long been known as the home of the mermaids, this pristine natural area on the Florida Gulf Coast has become home to many nature lovers who have discovered the beautiful natural surroundings. Crystal clear springs draw visitors from around the globe for kayaking, hiking and swimming with the gentle manatee.

The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge surrounds the gated golf community of GlenLakes, providing immediate access to secluded trails that lead to pristine beaches that are protected in perpetuity. Bird watching, boating and a variety of eco-tours create an enviable address for homeowners seeking a slice of Florida paradise that will remain in its natural state.

These mesmerizing maidens perform their take on Disney films in a 30-minute show three times a day.. An obvious choice and fan favorite is the “The Little Mermaid.” It had such a successful run that is has returned this year. Another favorite was “Pocahontas Meets The Little Mermaid.” After every show, families line up to pose with the mystical ladies.

There’s no need to be a “poor unfortunate soul” for missing out on the famous Weeki Wachee mermaids. Better yet, make the move to GlenLakes, and you might just become friends with a world-famous mermaid.

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