Know Your Manatee Manners
Our services focus on land-based recreation and one day admission includes a trolley tour, all day access to the Three Sisters Springs boardwalk, refuge and 3 trolley stops in Crystal River. Annual passes are also offered, and for a one-time discounted walk-in admission rate, visitors can access the Refuge year round.
The boardwalk offers passive manatee and other wildlife 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 spring vent called Idiots Delight. Additionally, you can get off the boardwalk and explore the surrounding refuge by using the nature trails.
One day admission tickets can be purchased online, at the Three Sisters Springs Center (cash/card) or at the front gates (cash). Annual Passes can be purchased at the Center.
Our visitors have a unique opportunity to take a trolley ride from our Center to Three Sisters
Springs until the April 14th. 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-In passes are available for sale at our Center. 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 boardwalk today!
Call us at 352-586-1170 or click here to book now.
Three Sisters Springs provide critical habitat for manatee populations that migrate here mid-November until the late March. During the summer months manatee leave the springs and look for food in the warmer waters of Kings Bay and other areas in the Gulf of Mexico. If you would like to swim with manatees you can do so by scheduling a tour or water craft rental with independent vendors. You can also swim in Three Sisters Springs by by getting out on the water (kayak/canoe/SUP/boating/etc.) and using a launch/boat ramp in town.
Meet the Manatees
Manatee can be found in Kings Bay year round.
Winter months (November 15 to March 31): Manatees can be found in springs and manatee sanctuaries throughout the area in high numbers. Manatee viewing is accessible from the boardwalk at Three Sisters Springs Refuge or by using a boat. This area is the largest winter refuge for manatees on the Florida Gulf Coast and is a National Wildlife refuge. Manatee sanctuaries (no human activity zones) are in effect during this time, and Three Sisters Springs water access can be closed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service occasionally whereas the boardwalk will remain open daily.
Summer months (April 1 to November 14): Around 30 manatees can be found each day throughout Kings Bay. Manatee can be seen by getting out on the water (kayak/canoe/SUP/boating/etc.). Manatee sanctuaries are no longer in effect during this time, and kayaking is allowed in Three Sisters Springs.
The Three Sisters Springs Refuge does not offer any water access facilities. You can swim or enter the water in Three Sisters Springs by boat (kayak/canoe/SUP/boating/etc.) only.
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
Wildlife Refuge & Tours
123 NW US Highway 19 (Behind City Hall on the right)
City of Crystal River, 34428
Ph: (352) 586-1170
8:30am - 4:30pm EST
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