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Three Sisters Springs Wildlife Refuge


Enjoy a trolley tour to Three Sisters Springs boardwalk, guided walking tours, and explore 57 acres of trails to view 5 natural springs, Lake Crystal and wetlands.

Three Sisters Springs land access is available exclusively through our services and tickets are available online or at our Three Sisters Springs Center. The boardwalk offers passive manatee viewing from land, and allows spectacular views of the Three Sisters Springs. The boardwalk also takes you to the mouth of the springs where you can observe another manatee sanctuary at Idiots Delight. Additionally, you can get off the boardwalk and explore the surrounding refuge.
Three Sisters Springs provide critical habitat for manatee populations that migrate here each winter. If you would like to see the manatees in the springs, you can do so by land or by boat. Our services focus on land-based recreation and includes a trolley tour, one-day access to the Three Sisters Springs boardwalk, refuge and 3 trolley stops in Crystal River. If you would like to swim with manatees you can do so by scheduling a tour or water craft rental with independent vendors.

Our visitors have a unique opportunity to take a trolley ride from our Center to Three Sisters

 Springs until the March 31st. The trolley departs from our Center daily every half hour from 8:30am to 3:30pm. The last ticket sold for the day is at 3:30 pm, to allow adequate time to visit the springs since the refuge closes at 4:30pm.

Three Sisters Springs Annual Walk On passes are available for sale at our Center exclusively.  These are the only passes that will be honored for the season.  For more information please visit us at our newly renovated Three Sisters Springs Center. 


Tickets can be purchased in person at the Three Sisters Springs Center or online following the link below.


Visit the manatees at the boardwalk today!

Call us at 352-586-1170 or click here to book now.

Looking to get on the water or swim with manatees? Learn about Manatee Manners and see if the springs are open to in-water access at Crystal River National Wildlife Complex

Restoration work is complete. Come and see the Springs today!!!!

Learn more about the restoration project here

Three Sisters Springs

Wildlife Refuge & Tours
123 NW US Highway 19 (Behind City Hall on the right)
City of Crystal River, 34428

Ph: (352) 586-1170 
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8:30am - 4:30pm EST

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