One of the best family outings in Central Florida in our Best of Florida Travel series. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park (Spring Hill; weekiwachee.com; 352-592-5656). As a sentimental favorite, theres nothing like Weeki Wachee Springs. Women dressed as mermaids perform aquatic ballet in the bone-chilling spring as they have for more than 60 years. The attraction now includes a water park, riverboat cruise and an animal encounter that includes snakes, turtles and alligators.
JOE BURBANK, ORLANDO SENTINEL