Brooksville and Weeki Wachee Florida
Azaleas frame the historic Chinsegut Hill Manor House
An underwater wonder … mermaids!
Sunset cruise in the Gulf of Mexico
Flying high on an ATV at Croom Motorcycle Area in Withlacoochee State Forest
Re-enacting the Civil War’s Brooksville Raid in Sand Hill Scout Reservation
Camping at the shore of Silver Lake in Croom Wildlife Management Area
Golfing on the championship course at Glen Lakes
Cyclists racing down a shady, brick-paved street
Outdoor adventures, history and magical mermaids
Just 45 minutes north of Tampa and 96 kilometers west of Orlando, Brooksville and Weeki Wachee are in the geographic center of the state and easily accessible from major highways. Just off the beaten path, find welcoming Southern charm, a relaxing pace and adventures ranging from mild to wild.
Parks and waterways offer access to some of the best fresh and saltwater fishing on Florida’s west coast – including the chance to catch snook, cobia, redfish, tarpon and grouper – as well as the opportunity to go on an exceptional scalloping tour every summer.
Well-designed golf courses challenge all skill levels. A network of biking, hiking and horse trails winds through forests, and sightings of rare local and migratory birds are frequent. Other types of wildlife living throughout park and conservation lands include Florida black bears, bobcats, turkeys, wild hogs, white-tailed deer, coyotes and gopher tortoises. Often visible just off shore are manatees, dolphins and sea otters.
Lodging choices range from campgrounds and RV parks to conveniently located national hotel chains. Local eateries offer fresh seafood and award-winning Southern cuisine. Historic Brooksville’s museums and oak-canopied streets offer a glimpse of yesteryear, while the famous mermaids entertain seven days a week at Weeki Wachee Springs.
With adventures on water and land, culture, family entertainment, great dining and sightseeing, Brooksville and Weeki Wachee are indeed the place to play in nature.
Over the past 60 years, more than 1,500 women have performed as mermaids in Weeki Wachee’s mermaid show.