This was definitely the girl day of the trip!!!
"Mermaid Land" as Malia called it was a really cool state park. It has been around since the 1960s and still uses the underwater technology that was developed n the 60s to produce the shows. The shows take place in the deepest fresh water spring in the country and wildlife swims through the show all the time...we saw turtles and fish, but they claim manatees have also swam through.
There were wild peacocks all over the park. This one gave us a little tour.
They have wildlife shows where the kids got to pet a snake and a baby alligator
The nature trails made you feel like you were walking through a tropical jungle,
and the boat tour was just breathtaking. We saw turtles, fish, osprey and bald eagle nests. Plus the views were amazing and the water was so clear.
But most important....were the MERMAIDS!!!
They did two performances during the day..."The Little Mermaid" and a "History of the Park."We saw both shows and then Malia made me go back to watch the Little Mermaid again!!
The performers stay under the water the entire time, getting oxygen from tubes that pump in air. It takes 6-12 months for a mermaid to train to adjust her body/oxygen intake to do the required moves to perform in the shows. It was pretty awesome.
The boys enjoyed the shows...but had to show their manliness by swimming in the fresh water spring (which was freezing) but very fun.
This might have been my favorite day of the trip. You can't go wrong with mermaids, peacocks, and fresh water springs.