Weeki Wachee Springs is known as one of the most unique family destinations in all of Florida, offering mermaid shows, riverboat cruises, and even wildlife exhibits. But what some travelers don’t realize is that there’s an amazing water park inside Weeki Wachee Springs that provides a perfect way to spend a summer day.
Why You Should Go
Buccaneer Bay is Florida’s one and only spring-fed water park, and it’s located right in Weeki Wachee Springs. Here you’ll find much more than just a swimming area, but also high-speed water slides, flume rides, a tube ride, a lazy river, sandy beaches, and a beach volleyball court. Although the water park features are seasonal, the beach and swimming are open 365 days a year.
Buccaneer Bay offers a fun and affordable way to stay cool and entertain the kids when they’re out of school for summer vacation. But what sets this water park apart from others in Florida is that there are so many different things to do at Weeki Wachee Springs.
It’s easy to spend an entire day at this state park by splashing around at Buccaneer Bay for a few hours and then drying off to check out some of the other attractions too. Your daily admission fee grants you access to Buccaneer Bay, the mermaid shows, wildlife shows, and river boat rides.
If you live in the area, consider getting an annual pass for $60 per person because the pass includes free admission to all Florida State Parks, including this water park, for a year.
This water park really does offer something for everyone, as thrill-seeker kids will enjoy the four amazing water slides and little ones can play in the lifeguard-supervised Lil’ Mates Caribbean Cove. Meanwhile, parents can relax, socialize, and soak up some sun.
When your family gets hungry or thirsty, Pirates Grubb, the Snack Shack, and the Tiki Bar serve up delicious burgers, hot dogs, ice cream treats, and drinks. You can also bring your own food inside the water park to enjoy a beach picnic!
Rules to Know
As with any water park, rules have been established to keep everyone safe and having a fun time. Since Buccaneer Bay is a natural spring, it is possible for wildlife to enter the area. It is important to leave wildlife alone for everyone’s safety.
Children under the age of 13 must always be accompanied by an adult at Buccaneer Bay, and flotation devices less than 48 inches in size are only allowed in the swimming area. You can rent a single inner tube for $8, double tube for $12, or a triple tube for $15 inside the water park. Lockers can also be rented for $5-10.
- Address: 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606
- Phone: (352) 592-5656
- Hours: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm daily between May 27 and August 13, weekends only from August 14 to October 1
- Prices: Free with your admission to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park ($13 for adults, $8 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under)