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.
Visit the boardwalk today!
Call us at 352-586-1170 or click here to book now.
Click here to view Calendar for scheduled holidays and other closures.
At the 57 acre refuge around Three Sisters Springs we have a 1/4 mile boardwalk with viewing platforms to observe the springs and native wildlife. There are also at least 1.5 miles of nature trails that you can explore to see views of Kings Bay, Magnolia Springs, Lake Crystal and wetlands. Three Sisters Springs is a world-renowned sanctuary for the West Indian Manatee during the winter; however, at the refuge you can see many native and migratory species year-round.
The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (CRNWR) is mostly accessible to visitors by water; only the Three Sisters Springs property provides land access to see the springs. CRNWR does not provide water access to visitors at this site, but there are many boat ramps/launches in Crystal River.
Since we are now open year-round, Annual Walk-In Passes are available for purchase. For One day Passes, seasonal rates apply:
Summer Season: April 1 - mid November
Winter Season: mid-November - March 31 (manatee season)
One Day Pass (Summer)
(April 1 - November 14)
$7.50 per person
Ages 5 & Under are free
View of Springs from Boardwalk
Trolley Tours Friday - Sunday
Walk-in Access everyday
NO Kayak Launch or Rentals
NO Water Access from refuge
One Day Pass (Winter)
(November 15 - March 31)
$15 Adult, $12.50 Senior (55+)
$7.50 Child (Ages 6-16), Ages 5 & Under are free
Trolley Tours every day
Free guided walking tours at set times daily
Trolley availability is based on the season:
Trolley tours depart from the Three Sisters Springs Center about every 30 minutes and head to the boardwalk at Three Sisters Springs. Visitors have the option of waiting for the next trolley, or texting calling #352-586-5093 to receive the next pickup time. After Three Sisters Springs, visitors can hop on and off the trolley at 3 other stops in Crystal River: Hunter Springs Park, South Citrus, and Heritage Village.
Restoration work is complete. Come and see the Springs today!
Learn more about Southwest Florida Water Management District's restoration project here
Please follow the link to use our interactive map for the refuge around Three Sisters Springs!
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Volunteers lead guided tours at Three Sisters Springs daily during manatee season. The schedule for the 2017- 2018 manatee season will be posted in October.
Previously, Three Sisters Springs was a forested wetland to be developed with condos and the spring water was intended to be commercially extracted. In order to protect manatee, improve access to the springs and restore native habitat the land was purchased in 2010 with funds from the Florida Community Trust, the City of Crystal River, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), many community members and non-profit groups. The City and SWFWMD jointly own the land, and it is managed by USFWS under the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex (CRNWR).
Wildlife Refuge & Tours
123 NW US Highway 19
(Behind City Hall on the right)
City of Crystal River, 34428
Click here for Google Map
Ph: (352) 586-1170
8:30am - 4:30pm EST
Ticket sales end 1 hour before closing
See Calendar for Closures
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