The Three Sisters Springs Center is the official concessionaire for land access to Three Sisters Springs a unit of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. We offer shuttle service, walk-in, and bicycle-in access to the refuge.

People walking on the board walk at Three Sisters Springs.
A Guy kayaking at thee Sisters springs.
People waiting to get on the Three Sisters Springs Trolley.

Land Access


The 57-acre refuge that surrounds the Three Sisters Springs is an example of a restored  wetland habit. Visitors can explore hiking trails to view the Wetland, Lake Crystal, Magnolia Spring and the scenic boardwalk that surrounds Three Sisters Springs.


Visitors can observe mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians common to a Florida spring ecosystem when visiting the refuge. Cold winter days bring 100's of manatees seeking warm water refuge into the springs.


US Fish & Wildlife Service volunteers offer guided walking tours and are available to field questions concerning the refuge, native wildlife and the Florida spring system.



  • There is no water access from the refuge. Due to erosion; visitors are not permitted to enter the springs from the refuge.
  • The only parking on the refuge is for handicap vehicles.

Water Access


To swim, snorkel or paddle the crystal clear waters of Three Sisters Springs, visitors must arrive through the waterways. There is no water access from the refuge into the springs. The Three Sisters Springs Center does not offer any water based activities. 


Swimming is permitted inside Three Sisters Springs  from sunrise to sunset year round. US Fish & Wildlife Service may close water access for the protection of manatees on extreme cold weather events. Check the Crystal River NWR Facebook page for updates on temporary closures.


Paddle craft are permitted inside of Three Sisters Springs from sunrise to sunset, April 1st - November 14th.


Boat/ Kayak launches can be found throughout Kings Bay.


Summer Day Passes (April 1st - Nov. 14th)

Includes one day land access to Three Sisters Springs ( Trolley - Friday, Saturday & Sunday)


Ticket sales end at 3:30 pm.


Three Sisters Springs Center

123 N.W U.S. Highway 19, Crystal River,Fl. (behind City Hall)

  • Ticket sales
  • Annual pass sales
  • Trolley departs from here every 30 minutes

Front Gate @ Three Sisters Springs

 601 Three Sisters Springs Trail, Crystal River, Fl. (Credit/Debit Card Only)

  • Walk-in Access
  • Bicycle Access

New pricing goes into effect on 10/1/2019.

New fee and annual pass schedule can be found on our Ticket Information page.



Three Sisters Springs with boardwalk.
Trolley at Three Sisters Springs.
People and manatees in the water.
Aerial view on refuge.
People swimming with manatees.
Family on boardwalk at Three Sisters Springs looking at manatees.
Virtual Tour
Map of Kings Bay valid November to April

Three Sisters Springs Center

Official Concessionaire for Land Access to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge's Three Sisters Springs

123 NW US Highway 19

City of Crystal River, 34428

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Ph: (352) 586-1170 
Contact Us

8:30am - 4:30pm EST

Ticket sales end 1 hour before closing

See Calendar for Closures

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