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Three Sisters Springs: Our most recommended tours and activities

Crystal River: Manatee Snorkel Tour w/ In-Water Photographer

1. Crystal River: Manatee Snorkel Tour w/ In-Water Photographer

Get back to nature and discover the home of the world’s largest population of endangered manatees in the winter on a pontoon boat tour to Three Sisters Springs. Get the chance to interact with the curious, gentle giants in their natural habitat.  Learn all about the animals in a classroom-type setting and get tips for your snorkel tour to make the most of your day. Hear about "passive interaction" that ensures that the animals enjoy the experience just as much as you do. Then, journey to the estuary with a Coast Guard captain aboard a covered pontoon boat. Get your snorkeling gear on, marvel at the wildlife around you, and get up close to the sea cows as they move slowly through the water. Head back to base camp to visit the one-of-a-kind gift shop and purchase unique souvenirs. Get tips on what to do in the Kings Bay area, along with directions from the well-informed staff to other local attractions and restaurants.

Crystal River: Manatee Swim Group Tour

2. Crystal River: Manatee Swim Group Tour

Voted one of the top 10 World’s “Bucket List” Experiences in 2022, swimming with manatees is something you cannot miss while in Florida. Citrus County is revered as the manatee capital of the world, and swimming with manatees in their natural habitat is a privilege. Coming face to face with a thousand pound gentle giant is an experience unlike any other in the world! During your introduction to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's "Manatee Manners" video, you'll learn all about manatees and how to behave around them. This ensures that you have a super time snorkeling with these gentle giants while not disturbing any other their natural behaviors. After sliding into wetsuits, your guide will take you on a 5-minute van ride to the dock where you will be greeted by your Master Captain. As you hop aboard a safe, comfortable, and clean US Coast Guard certified vessel, you will to embark on your journey into the Kings Bay refuge waters. Offering information on ecology, history and some silly anecdotes about our area, your crew will offer the best manatee eco-tour in Crystal River, FL. Your captain and guide are very skilled in locating manatees even in the most challenging conditions. When it's time to ease into the water, your guide will give you a snorkel lesson and help get you comfortable in the water. They will be your personal photographer and assistant every step of the way, making your manatee tour safe and memorable. The amount of time you will spend snorkeling in the water with manatees varies greatly as these are wild animals and their behaviour changes by the day and even the hour. If they are not found in the springs areas, you will typically have time to swim into one of the springs after the manatee portion of your tour. At the end of the tour, your guide will bring you back to the shop where you can view their pictures and videos and decide if you'd like to purchase them.

Crystal River: Clear Kayak Manatee Ecotour

3. Crystal River: Clear Kayak Manatee Ecotour

Enjoy the Manatee Capital of the World and experience these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Follow your trusty and experienced guide as they introduce you to various wildlife on an eco-friendly tour. Start your day by arriving at the local shop. Check in for your tour and watch a short video (required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). Learn about the gentle giants and how to have a safe and respectful interaction with them. Head to the launch pad where you will board your clear kayak to begin your tour. Follow your local guide as he takes you to the best spots to discover the diverse wildlife of the region where you commonly see manatees, turtles, various birds, dolphins, and many species of fish. Journey through some of the most beautiful waterways in Florida and utilize the clear kayaks to give you the best viewing possible without getting wet.

Crystal River: Kayak Rental

4. Crystal River: Kayak Rental

Explore Crystal River with your own kayak rental, with a variety of rental durations available. Follow the map to King's Bay and search for a variety of native wildlife species as you discover the area at your own pace. Check-in at the shop 30 minutes prior to your reservation time to watch a short video, required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. From there, head to the launch dock where you will get a short introduction to your equipment and how to paddle your kayak. Start your adventure in the water by getting comfortable with your kayak while paddling through the waterways that lead to King's Bay and the Crystal River. Follow the map toward your preferred location as you look for manatees, dolphins, turtles, fish, birds, and other wildlife. Enjoy nature, the sun, the fresh air, and the calm waters of Crystal River. When arriving at the natural springs, such as the Three Sister Springs, take advantage of the beautiful clear waters to take plenty of wonderful photos.

Crystal River: Springs and Manatees Clear Kayak Tour

5. Crystal River: Springs and Manatees Clear Kayak Tour

You will journey out to some of the clearest water in the world in our ALL clear kayaks with one of our amazing LOCAL guides. You will learn about our ecosystem and possibly spot local wildlife such as manatees, turtles, various birds, dolphins, and many species of fish. Manatee season ends March 31st, but we have resident manatees that live here year round. Manatee sightings are not guaranteed from April 1st - November 14th, but we definitely go to various springs. On non windy days, our tour enters the World Famous Three Sisters Springs. This is the NUMBER one tour in Florida for spring hunters. Don't miss out and reserve your spot today! Begin your tour at the activity provider's gift shop in Crystal River. After check-in, watch a short video required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Learn about manatees and how to interact safely and respectfully with these gentle giants. Then, go over some brief safety information with your guide before boarding a van or golf cart to head to the launch point. Once there, get your life vests and paddles before boarding your clear 2-seater kayak. Next, follow your guide on a 1-mile paddle to the world-famous Three Sisters Springs, which are only open to kayaks from April 1 to November 14. Along the way, look out for the region's diverse wildlife, including manatees, turtles, birds, dolphins, and many fish species. Once you’ve experienced the springs, paddle back to the launch point. From there, you’ll be picked up and transported back to the gift shop, where you can see and buy a photo package of your tour before departing.

Crystal River: Paddle Board Rental

6. Crystal River: Paddle Board Rental

Check-in at the shop 30 minutes prior to your reservation time to watch a short video (required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) and sign some waivers before heading to the water. From there, transport yourself 0.7 miles to the launch dock where you will get a short introduction to your equipment and how to paddle your board. Start your adventure in the water by getting comfortable with your board while paddling through the waterways that lead to King's Bay and the Crystal River. Follow the map (included with your rental) toward your favorite natural springs as you look for manatees, dolphins, turtles, fish, birds, and other wildlife. Enjoy nature, the sun, the fresh air, and the calm waters of Crystal River. When arriving at the natural springs, such as the Three Sister Springs, take advantage of the beautiful clear waters to get lots of pictures and boost your Instagram posts.

Crystal River: Three Sisters Springs Guided Kayak Tour

7. Crystal River: Three Sisters Springs Guided Kayak Tour

Take our guided kayak and swim tour in some of the clearest water in the world inside the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. On this tour you will swim in 72 degrees water that is crystal clear and breathtaking. During your journey you will encounter the area’s diverse local wildlife, such as manatees and dolphins. Your tour begins at the provider's gift shop in Crystal River. After check-in, you will watch a short video required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and sign your waivers. You will learn about the local manatees and how to interact safely and respectfully with these gentle giants if you are lucky to spot some along the way. You will then go over some brief safety information with your guide before boarding a van or golf cart to head to the launch point. Once there, get your life vests and paddles before boarding your kayak or paddleboard and begin your tour. Next, follow your guide on a 1-mile paddle to the world-famous Three Sisters Springs, which are only open to kayaks from April 1 to November 14 each year. Along the way, look out for the region's diverse wildlife, including manatees, turtles, birds, dolphins, and many fish species. Once you’ve experienced the springs, paddle back to the launch point. From there, you’ll be picked up and transported back to the gift shop, where you can see and buy a photo package of your tour before departing.

Three Sisters Springs: Our most recommended tours and activities

Crystal River: Manatee Snorkel Tour w/ In-Water Photographer

Crystal River: Manatee Snorkel Tour w/ In-Water Photographer

Get back to nature and discover the home of the world’s largest population of endangered manatees in the winter on a pontoon boat tour to Three Sisters Springs. Get the chance to interact with the curious, gentle giants in their natural habitat.  Learn all about the animals in a classroom-type setting and get tips for your snorkel tour to make the most of your day. Hear about "passive interaction" that ensures that the animals enjoy the experience just as much as you do. Then, journey to the estuary with a Coast Guard captain aboard a covered pontoon boat. Get your snorkeling gear on, marvel at the wildlife around you, and get up close to the sea cows as they move slowly through the water. Head back to base camp to visit the one-of-a-kind gift shop and purchase unique souvenirs. Get tips on what to do in the Kings Bay area, along with directions from the well-informed staff to other local attractions and restaurants.

Crystal River: Manatee Swim Group Tour

Crystal River: Manatee Swim Group Tour

Voted one of the top 10 World’s “Bucket List” Experiences in 2022, swimming with manatees is something you cannot miss while in Florida. Citrus County is revered as the manatee capital of the world, and swimming with manatees in their natural habitat is a privilege. Coming face to face with a thousand pound gentle giant is an experience unlike any other in the world! During your introduction to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission's "Manatee Manners" video, you'll learn all about manatees and how to behave around them. This ensures that you have a super time snorkeling with these gentle giants while not disturbing any other their natural behaviors. After sliding into wetsuits, your guide will take you on a 5-minute van ride to the dock where you will be greeted by your Master Captain. As you hop aboard a safe, comfortable, and clean US Coast Guard certified vessel, you will to embark on your journey into the Kings Bay refuge waters. Offering information on ecology, history and some silly anecdotes about our area, your crew will offer the best manatee eco-tour in Crystal River, FL. Your captain and guide are very skilled in locating manatees even in the most challenging conditions. When it's time to ease into the water, your guide will give you a snorkel lesson and help get you comfortable in the water. They will be your personal photographer and assistant every step of the way, making your manatee tour safe and memorable. The amount of time you will spend snorkeling in the water with manatees varies greatly as these are wild animals and their behaviour changes by the day and even the hour. If they are not found in the springs areas, you will typically have time to swim into one of the springs after the manatee portion of your tour. At the end of the tour, your guide will bring you back to the shop where you can view their pictures and videos and decide if you'd like to purchase them.

Crystal River: Clear Kayak Manatee Ecotour

Crystal River: Clear Kayak Manatee Ecotour

Enjoy the Manatee Capital of the World and experience these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Follow your trusty and experienced guide as they introduce you to various wildlife on an eco-friendly tour. Start your day by arriving at the local shop. Check in for your tour and watch a short video (required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission). Learn about the gentle giants and how to have a safe and respectful interaction with them. Head to the launch pad where you will board your clear kayak to begin your tour. Follow your local guide as he takes you to the best spots to discover the diverse wildlife of the region where you commonly see manatees, turtles, various birds, dolphins, and many species of fish. Journey through some of the most beautiful waterways in Florida and utilize the clear kayaks to give you the best viewing possible without getting wet.

Crystal River: Kayak Rental

Crystal River: Kayak Rental

Explore Crystal River with your own kayak rental, with a variety of rental durations available. Follow the map to King's Bay and search for a variety of native wildlife species as you discover the area at your own pace. Check-in at the shop 30 minutes prior to your reservation time to watch a short video, required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. From there, head to the launch dock where you will get a short introduction to your equipment and how to paddle your kayak. Start your adventure in the water by getting comfortable with your kayak while paddling through the waterways that lead to King's Bay and the Crystal River. Follow the map toward your preferred location as you look for manatees, dolphins, turtles, fish, birds, and other wildlife. Enjoy nature, the sun, the fresh air, and the calm waters of Crystal River. When arriving at the natural springs, such as the Three Sister Springs, take advantage of the beautiful clear waters to take plenty of wonderful photos.

Crystal River: Springs and Manatees Clear Kayak Tour

Crystal River: Springs and Manatees Clear Kayak Tour

You will journey out to some of the clearest water in the world in our ALL clear kayaks with one of our amazing LOCAL guides. You will learn about our ecosystem and possibly spot local wildlife such as manatees, turtles, various birds, dolphins, and many species of fish. Manatee season ends March 31st, but we have resident manatees that live here year round. Manatee sightings are not guaranteed from April 1st - November 14th, but we definitely go to various springs. On non windy days, our tour enters the World Famous Three Sisters Springs. This is the NUMBER one tour in Florida for spring hunters. Don't miss out and reserve your spot today! Begin your tour at the activity provider's gift shop in Crystal River. After check-in, watch a short video required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Learn about manatees and how to interact safely and respectfully with these gentle giants. Then, go over some brief safety information with your guide before boarding a van or golf cart to head to the launch point. Once there, get your life vests and paddles before boarding your clear 2-seater kayak. Next, follow your guide on a 1-mile paddle to the world-famous Three Sisters Springs, which are only open to kayaks from April 1 to November 14. Along the way, look out for the region's diverse wildlife, including manatees, turtles, birds, dolphins, and many fish species. Once you’ve experienced the springs, paddle back to the launch point. From there, you’ll be picked up and transported back to the gift shop, where you can see and buy a photo package of your tour before departing.

Crystal River: Paddle Board Rental

Crystal River: Paddle Board Rental

Check-in at the shop 30 minutes prior to your reservation time to watch a short video (required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) and sign some waivers before heading to the water. From there, transport yourself 0.7 miles to the launch dock where you will get a short introduction to your equipment and how to paddle your board. Start your adventure in the water by getting comfortable with your board while paddling through the waterways that lead to King's Bay and the Crystal River. Follow the map (included with your rental) toward your favorite natural springs as you look for manatees, dolphins, turtles, fish, birds, and other wildlife. Enjoy nature, the sun, the fresh air, and the calm waters of Crystal River. When arriving at the natural springs, such as the Three Sister Springs, take advantage of the beautiful clear waters to get lots of pictures and boost your Instagram posts.

Crystal River: Three Sisters Springs Guided Kayak Tour

Crystal River: Three Sisters Springs Guided Kayak Tour

Take our guided kayak and swim tour in some of the clearest water in the world inside the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. On this tour you will swim in 72 degrees water that is crystal clear and breathtaking. During your journey you will encounter the area’s diverse local wildlife, such as manatees and dolphins. Your tour begins at the provider's gift shop in Crystal River. After check-in, you will watch a short video required by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and sign your waivers. You will learn about the local manatees and how to interact safely and respectfully with these gentle giants if you are lucky to spot some along the way. You will then go over some brief safety information with your guide before boarding a van or golf cart to head to the launch point. Once there, get your life vests and paddles before boarding your kayak or paddleboard and begin your tour. Next, follow your guide on a 1-mile paddle to the world-famous Three Sisters Springs, which are only open to kayaks from April 1 to November 14 each year. Along the way, look out for the region's diverse wildlife, including manatees, turtles, birds, dolphins, and many fish species. Once you’ve experienced the springs, paddle back to the launch point. From there, you’ll be picked up and transported back to the gift shop, where you can see and buy a photo package of your tour before departing.

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What people are saying about Three Sisters Springs

Overall rating

4.8
(355 reviews)

The activity was great overall, the experience is professional and fun. The guide was amazing and hospitable, and the boat ride to the location was great as well. Got to see the manatees and swim with them as well, and the guide gave a lot of extra cool information during the trip. Definitely a good trip to make with friends or a loved one.

Crosby (guide) and JJ (captain) were the best! I had looked at a bunch of other companies/experiences prior to purchasing, and the reviews were all spot on. My twin 9 y.o.s had an BLAST! Everyone there was friendly, helpful. Perfect core memory maker!

It was really fun. Unfortunately we were able to see fewer manatees in the crystal clear water. It was just because of the time of year. It's just nature. But it was a great experience. We can only recommend it. The animals are so amazing.

It was a wonderful life experience that brought me so much joy! Christian was a knowledgeable guide and taught me things about manatees that I did not know. I highly recommend this adventure.

Great experience! Excellent staff, clean facilities and equipment. Easy process. Would book again.