Three ways to be a mermaid in Texas this summer.

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Ever dreamed of being a mermaid? Spent hours running a fork through your hair, channeling your inner-Ariel? You are super sure you were supposed to be born more magical? (You were by-the-way!)

If you answered yes to any of these, let this be the summer you realize your hidden siren desires.

While Texan’s lay claim to the third coast, which may not be your first thought as a mermaiding destination, it may be time to look again.

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Mermaids are on the move in the Lonestar state, and as history has it, mermaids may have been here all along.

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In San Marcos, dubbed The Mermaid Capital of Texas, a man named Paul Rogers created Aquarena Springs, an underwater amusement park by dredging up a portion of a lake and installing a custom submarine theatre a year later in 1950.

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A lot has come since the Aquamaids of yesteryear, but the mermaid remains a symbol of transformation, and as luck would have it the Mermaid Society of San Marcos is bringing back the tail this September 14-18th during the innaugural Mermaid Week.

If being a spectator isn’t enough to quell your passions, and you prefer to learn to dive like a mermaid yourself, a day-trip up the interstate to north Dallas will bring you to the facilities of Adventure Scuba and Snorkeling Center that offers classes for juniors and adults alike. Learning to be mermaids can be as easy as twice-weekly classes, appreciatveley kept small to around 6-10 swimmers each.

Maria Dobbs who has a diverse background to draw from including competitive cheer, ballet, theatre, and gymnastics has designed a mermaid program that combines fitness, performance art, and pool safety.

And if you are, or know, that boss babe, the bacholerette bride, or bikini Betty looking for the mermaid experience worthy of the gram. Look no further than the I-35 corridor.

Karine and team of Aqua Acro, the Alamo city acrobats and synchronized swimmers have flippered north to Austin for one of the most breathtaking aquatic experiences West of the Mississippi.

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The Westin Hotel Austin Downtown offers a rooftop mermaid experience worthy of a Sex in the City episode. For the metropolitan mermaid in your life, there is an option for you.

At the Azul Rooftop pool you can immerse yourself in a mermaid experience beginning with an hour lesson, followed by professional hair and makeup, an underwater photography session by a Shark-con18 featured photographer allowing you to share memories with friends forever.

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So this summer, grab a snorkel, let those tangled trusses flow, and swim like a mermaid. Texas has a siren spirit calling for you. Answer the call

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