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 for more information

  • The refuge at Three Sisters Springs is open 7 days a week, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, last entrance at 3:30 pm.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the Three Sisters Springs Center or the front gates to the refuge at Three Sisters Springs.
  • Admission ends 1 hour before closing.
  • Trolley tours are available Friday - Sunday from April 1 - November 14, and 7 days a week November 15 - March 31.
  • Tours depart every 30 mins from the Three Sisters Springs Center 8:30 - 3:30pm (located 1 mile from the springs, behind Crystal River City Hall). Last pick up is at 4:30pm. 

Click here to view Calendar for scheduled holidays and other closures.

About the Refuge at Three Sisters Springs


When visiting Three Sisters Springs, a unit of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, visitors can enjoy a  1/4 mile scenic boardwalk that surrounds the springs. The boardwalk has viewing platforms to observe the springs and native wildlife. There are also nature trails that afford views of Magnolia Springs, Lake Crystal and wetlands. Three Sisters Springs is a world-renowned winter sanctuary for the West Indian Manatee. Visitors can also find over 100 different native and migratory bird species using the refuge 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.  In an effort to preserve the shoreline vegetation, control erosion and maintain water clarity, CRNWR does not allow water access to visitors from  this site, nor do they allow land access from the water.


 Annual Passes are available for purchase at the Three Sisters Springs Center, located at 123 NW US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL (behind City Hall).

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 & Bicycle 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

Walk-in & Bicycle Access everyday

     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.

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. Please contact the CRNWR  for information on guided walking tours, 352-563-2088.









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 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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