Take a Scenic Drive to Explore the “Destination Mermaids” Statue Trail on Florida’s Adventure Coast
A Mer-Mazing Road Trip!
Celebrating 75 years of ‘Mermaids and Magic’, The Mermaid Tale Trail is comprised of 27 mermaid statues hidden throughout Hernando County.
Each larger-than-life work of art displaying the talents of local artists, the mermaids can be spotted at various parks and points of interest. Finding them all makes for an exciting day trip or an excuse to go off the beaten path! Whether you go out and find all 27 mermaids in a day or discover them at a slower pace, you’re guaranteed to enjoy some beautiful sights and discover some new hidden gems along the way.
Meet the Mermaids
A Celebration of the Famous Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
The Destination Mermaids Trail was created as a legacy to the history of Weeki Wachee Springs, and a celebration of people and memories leading to it becoming a hallmark of what makes Florida the wonderful state that it is.
On October 13, 1947, the first show at the Weeki Wachee Springs underwater theater opened. It was the same day that Kukla, Fran and Ollie first aired on that newfangled invention called television, and one day before Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. On that day, the mermaids performed synchronized ballet moves underwater while breathing through the air hoses hidden in the scenery.
To celebrate the 75th Anniversary at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, a mermaid sculpture trail was designed to cover the whole of Florida’s Adventure Coast, from the rural countryside in Brooksville to the coastal community of Hernando Beach, FL. Each of the six-foot tall statues is hand-painted by an artist who calls Florida home, with a unique tale to tell.
Discover hidden landmarks and attractions as you search for the sirens and discover works of art inspired by Florida’s history and natural wonder. Some statues are traditional and hark back to the old school, with nautical themes and references to Weeki Wachee, while others are wild and quite literally out of this world! There are plenty of surprises to find.
Our mermaids love taking selfies, especially with their fans!
Share your photos on the trail by using #TheMermaidTaleTrail, and you will have a chance to be featured on our website and social media channels.