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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.







Address:

Front Gate for Walk-in   

601 Three Sisters Springs Trail, Crystal River, Florida




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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. 




Hours:

Daily, 8:30am - 4:30pm




Admission:

(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!











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