Before we ever even left Florida last week, we stayed one night at Weeki Wachee Springs.
Weeki Wachee is a former tourist trap attraction that is now a State Park (only in Florida). It is is the one where you can see a LIVE! MERMAID! SHOW!
In the 1940s, entrepeuners developed a lot of roadside attractions as they tried to attract tourist dollars. It actually makes sense that the State has bought up some of the best ones and restored them, in order to preserve the history.
And of couse, tourism is still a huge part of Florida's economy. So the State gets some of the dollars. It doesn't feel like a State Park, but it was definitely worth the stop...
... Because I've wanted to see this show since I was about seven years old, when I lived in Eastern Washington State and Florida might as well have been Timbuktoo! We both remember reading about the live mermaids when we were little children. I'm sure it was in Life Magazine, which I used to read cover to cover as soon as it arrived in my parents' mailbox!
It was hokey, but it was fun -- not as magical as it would have been if I'd seen it when I was seven, but definitely worth it.
FOR: OUR WORLD. Thank you hosts.