|By: Paul S. Cilwa||Viewed: 6/15/2019
|Topics/Keywords: #65thBirthdayTrip #Florida #Lakeland #Travel #WeekiWacheeSpringsStatePark #WrightLake||Page Views: 1826|
|All about the twenty-first day of my 65th Birthday Trip.|
Today's travels took us to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and into the Florida Panhandle as we continued our trek back home.
|Starting Point||Lakeland, Florida|
|Point of Interest||Weeki Wachee Springs State Park|
|Ending Point||Wright Lake, Florida|
|Estimated Driving Time||5 hours 50 minutes|
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After saying goodbye to Chris and Debbie (and promising to not wait another 30 years to get together), Keith and I continued on our trip home with a stop at the world-famous Weeki Wachee Springs. For years this was a commercial attraction, but Disney World development redirected tourists to the Orlando area. Without enough business to get it profitable, the owners turned it over to the state; it is now a state park, and probably the most unique of them all.
The park includes a large swimming area, the famous mermaid shows (seen from an underwater auditorium), miles of nature trails, and a river cruise.
Since our time was limited, we opted to do just the river cruise.
The springs average discharge is 112 million gallons a day. This, combined with the output of a couple other neighboring springs, forms the seven-mile Weeki Wachee River, which empties into the Gulf of Mexico.