This road side attraction has stood as an icon of Florida's culture since 1947 when Newton A. Perry first developed a method for breathing underwater that would allow performers to move freely without the inhibition of scuba diving equipment. A theatre was built in the limestone on one side of the Weeki Wachee Spring and shows have been performed ever since inspiring generations of little girls to want to be mermaids. The performers are as talented as they are beautiful being able to hold their breath for nearly three minutes and to dive 175 feet into a spring blasting water at the rate of 117 million gallons a day. The first show was the Little Mermaid Show and based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. The second show was Fish Tails: a salute to the history of Weeki Wachee and featured demonstrations on just what is required to be a mermaid. Weeki Wachee is a famous part of Florida history
that is a must see.