By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 2/20/2020
Occurred: 4/29/2016
Topics/Keywords: #Travel #65thBirthdayTrip #Florida #WrightLake #Lakeland #WeekiWacheeSpringsStatePark Page Views: 2235
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.

Travel Day 21
Starting Point Lakeland, Florida
Point of Interest Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Ending Point Wright Lake, Florida
Accommodations Wright Lake
Miles Covered 320
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 spring was named "Weeki Wachee" by Seminole Indians, which means "Little Spring" or "Winding River" in their language.

The spring was named

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.