Three Sisters Springs

In Florida’s sweltering summer months, what better way to relax than in chilly 72 degree natural spring water? Three Sisters Springs, only a short drive from our Inverness hotel, is one of several springs in Kings Bay at the headwaters of the Crystal River.  These springs are within the boundaries of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Three Sisters is the only spring in the refuge which can be reached by land and is open to the public. Three Sisters is a very special spring because it is a winter sanctuary for West Indian (Florida) manatees. Because of this, sections of the springs are not open to swimming or snorkeling from November 15th to March 31st annually. During this winter span, visitors can only view the manatees from the shore or designated swimming areas if the choose.

Outside of the restricted winter months, or designated non-swimming areas, Three Sisters Spring is open for swimming, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. There is a gift shop/concession stand and picnic areas onsite.  Unfortunately, camping and pets are not allowed at this spring. Admission to Three Sisters Spring is free so it is a popular destination for locals and families in the summer months.

Water in Three Sisters Spring is crystal clear so you can see fish easily against the white sandy bottom of the spring. You may also spot rays and manatees in the river waters. You must be cautious when swimming, however, as the current of the river is quite strong.  At some times of year, hundreds of manatees can be witnessed at the area around Three Sisters Spring.   Although manatees are gentle creatures, you should not pet them as there is a fine of over $100 if you are spotted doing so by a ranger.  It is always best to go to the spring on weekdays as weekends are quite crowded.

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