Frequently Asked Questions

How do we get to Three Sisters Springs?  

The Three Sisters Springs Center is located at:

123 NW US 19
Crystal River, FL 34428


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Are there manatees in the spring at all times?

Manatees move freely in and out of the springs as temperatures and tides change. Your best chances for seeing manatees inside of Three Sisters Springs is on a cold winter day, when the water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are below 68 degrees Fahrenheit.


Are the Trolley and Boardwalk handicap accessible?

Both the trolley and the boardwalk are handicap accessible.


Can I use my Federal Lands Pass or Duck Stamp to Enter?

As a concessionaire the City will NOT be accepting any federal passes this year.   Annual passes for visitors to walk on the property are available for purchase.  All passes are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

  • Walk-In: Includes entry to the refuge at Three Sisters Springs
    • $25 Individual
    • $60 Group (up to 6 people)
  • Trolley and Entrance Pass:
    • $50 Individual
    • $120 Group (up to 6 people)


Can I park onsite?  There is no public parking onsite unless you possess a handicap parking permit. Otherwise access to the refuge is provided via our trolley which is included with daily admission.


When is the best time to visit? The springs regardless of the time of year are always stunning.  The best times for manatee viewing are during cold fronts and high tides from November 15th to March 31. 

Can I bring my dog? Only certified service animals are allowed at the refuge.


What else is there to do other than the boardwalk? During manatee season, USFWS volunteers provide guided walking tours, please inquire with the volunteers at the Boardwalk for the tour schedule. 


Three Sisters Springs is an excellent birding site! We have over 100 different documented bird species sighted at the Three Sisters Springs! USFWS volunteers offer birding tours throughout the year. Check with the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge for a schedule of tours. Ph: 352-563-2088


Can we swim in the springs?  Yes, swimming is permitted at Three sisters Springs, however you must arrive through the waterways. There is no water access from the land. This is to protect the springs from erosion.


Do you rent kayaks or paddle boards? No. There are many outfitters in Crystal River that provide rentals, please visit discovercrystalriverfl.com for a list of outfitters.


Is this a swim with the manatee's tour?  No.  There are numerous qualified guides and rentals company's available in Crystal River that provide these services.  A simple google search will help you to find a guide, or please visit discovercrystalriverfl.com 


What amenities are located on site?  We have portable restrooms and wash stations onsite. There is no potable water or electricity available.


Can I take photos? Yes! There are opportunities to photograph manatees from the boardwalk and birds from the wetland trails. Please stay on the designated trails and boardwalk for your safety. Please respect wildlife; camera extension poles (aka selfie-sticks) are not allowed. Drones are not permitted on the refuge. If you are a commercial photographer please contact the Crystal River NWR to obtain a Special Use Permit. Phone: 352-563-2088

Do you have campsites? No, we are a day use facility only. Please visit discovercrystalriverfl.com for a listing of campgrounds in Citrus County.


Are there alligators or venomous snakes on the refuge? Three Sisters Springs is a wetland habitat and both alligators and venomous snakes live in this habitat. Please respect wildlife and view from a distance. Do not touch, get close to, feed or pick up wild animals.

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 
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