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.

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.

About the Refuge at Three Sisters Springs


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

$6.50 Military

Ages 5 & Under are free

View of Springs from Boardwalk

Nature Trails

Wildlife Viewing

Trolley Tours Friday - Sunday

Walk-in Access everyday

NO Kayak Launch or Rentals

NO Water Access from refuge

Manatee Season


One Day Pass (Winter)

(November 15 - March 31)

$15 Adult, $12.50 Senior (55+)

$10 Military

$7.50 Child (Ages 6-16), Ages 5 & Under are free

Manatee Season

View of Springs from Boardwalk

Nature Trails

Wildlife Viewing

Trolley Tours every day

Free guided walking tours at set times daily

NO Kayak Launch or Rentals

NO Water Access from refuge


Trolley Tour to Three Sisters Springs


Trolley availability is based on the season:

  • April 1 - November 14: Trolley tours operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only
  • November 15 - March 31: Trolley tours operate 7 days a week

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

Interactive Map


Please follow the link to use our interactive map for the refuge around Three Sisters Springs! 



Guided Walking Tours


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).

Three Sisters Springs

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 
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