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Friday, January 24, 2020

Florida’s Hot Spot for Viewing and Snorkeling with Manatees

Located in Crystal River, Florida, Three Sisters Springs is the hot spot for manatees in the winter months.

The 57-acre Three Sisters Springs refuge surrounds the springs and is the only way to access the land around Three Sisters Springs.

A nice boardwalk with viewing platforms takes you around most of the springs.

If you arrive as soon as they open and walk in, you will have a few minutes to walk around before the crowds arrive by trolley.

You can swim and snorkel in the manatees, but must enter through the waterway at the south end of the springs. There is no access on the refuge.

Boat/ Kayak launches can be found throughout Kings Bay. If you do one of the “snorkel with manatees” tours, chances are this is where you will wind up. Two tour groups and tons of snorkelers on their own, were there the morning we visited. 

Swim and snorkel tours:
 here & here.


Front Gate for Walk-in   

601 Three Sisters Springs Trail, Crystal River, Florida

We parked in a large parking lot on Kings Bay Drive between Little Caesars Pizza and Sonic and walked in. It's about a two block walk. 

Trolley Parking area

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

This is where you can catch the trolley that departs every 30 minutes. 


Daily, 8:30am - 4:30pm


(November 15th- March 31st)
$20.00 Adult
$17.50 Senior (55+)
$15.00 Military
$7.50 Child (6-15)
FREE for Children 5 &under

Happy Travels!


  1. What an excellent view! I really like this unique spot where you will be able to relax and calm down for a little while.

  2. This place will be fascinating for visiting by any tourist. Here you can dive under the water to view the unique world of flora and fauna. It will be very interesting