Ahoy there! The Weeki Wachee Mermaids will be back this weekend (Nov. 3-6) as well as the following (Nov. 10-13) at the Audubon Aquarium to enchant both young and old alike. "Our guests were mesmerized by the mermaids last year and we're excited to bring them back to New Orleans," said Audubon Aquarium’s administrator Rich Toth in a press announcement.
Visitors will be given the opportunity to admire the sirens’ underwater prowesses at the Gulf of Mexico Exhibit from 11:00am to 12:30pm and from 2:30pm to 5:00pm and also at the Maya Reef Tunnel from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. They will swim and splash amongst manatees and turtles.
Younger guests (from 3 to 12 years old) will have the possibility to make Halloween last a little longer as the “Sea Grass Salon” offers a 30-minute mermaid (or merman) transformation; different packages are available, with prices ranging from $45 to $90. In order to be sure to have a spot, little mermaids can reserve by calling 504.861.5103.
The world-famous damsels of the sea are an important feature of one of Florida’s oldest tourist attractions, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Opened in 1947, the pleasure ground was founded by Newton Perry, a former U.S. Navy sailor and dive instructor. It became more and more popular during the ‘50s and especially when American Broadcasting Company (ABC) bought the park and built a 500-seat theater. Weeki Wachee was also given a second birth when, in 2008, it became officially one of Florida’s state park.