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We kayaked to the mouth of Three Sisters Springs, which looked beautiful. We did not see any manatees because it was too warm & they were out in the bay/gulf. Pretty area to kayak. If you want to see the springs before March 31 you...More
The trolley driver that took us out to springs was not friendly at all. The springs tour was great. Volunteers so well informed. They were friendly and took time to explain all. On way back we had misfortune to get same driver, he took us...More
We took our son & his fiancee here the beginning of March. We were able to park, because I am handicapped. I have a scooter, so was able to ride the complete boardwalk. We met people from different states & countries. There were about a...More
Absolutely stunning place to go snorkeling. Unfortunately the day we came here the manatee decided to move further round to a less clear stretch of river but we still managed to see them. This section of the river was perfect thought. I saw a turtle...More
I loved snorkeling at the Three Sisters Springs. We saw a manatee sleeping by the Pretty Sister and I snorkeled over the Big Sister. I would come back again to share with family and friends. It was pretty, peaceful, and a nature's wonder.
Full filled a bucket list by swimming/snorkeling with the Manatees in March at this beautiful freshwater spring near Crystal River, FL. If the conditions are right, (winter/cool temps) you should have the ability to see dozens of Manatees enjoying the constant warm temps of the...More
If you try to drive to the park, you'll be turned away. There is no parking or car access. You either need to walk, or pay $15 for trolley access from the visitor's center on the main highway through town. That said, the park is...More
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You can swim with the manatees, however there are strict rules about "touching or interfering" with them. There are State of Florida Fish and Wlidlife Officers monitoring the "manatee holes." Swimming with them is usually... More
You can swim with the manatees, however there are strict rules about "touching or interfering" with them. There are State of Florida Fish and Wlidlife Officers monitoring the "manatee holes." Swimming with them is usually OK as long as you don't get "too friendly." For a 4 year old I would recommend accessing the manatee areas via charter Manatee Experience tours.The boardwalk is also a good option for young ones, but that access is from the land side. Canoes (there is some paddling to get there) or pontoon or small motor boat are available. You can get close to the manatee areas with a small boat. You can then wade into the 3 Sisters Spring (its closed to boats). If you are patient and keep your eyes open you can see manatees along the route to the viewing areas. The local charter companies that offer "swim with the manatees" is a good option for you and a young child. This is especially true if you do not want to venture on your own or have any hesitation about operating a rental boat. I would go with the guided manatee tour. With a young child its probably safer and less worrisome. Although most everyone out on the "manatee trail" can direct you some of the route is on open bay (from the Plantation Inn or other area hotel). It can get windy out on the bay and facilities of convenience are not available. A guided tour will get you to the correct spot or spots and will know if manatees are in the area during your visit. They can also advise you regarding which option fits your needs (boardwalk vs boat tour). You will also get an on-board tutorial from the guide. We are a bit more experienced boaters and good swimmers so or decisions were more in keeping. By the way the water is cold by Florida standards. Its a natural spring and the water temperature is 68-72 degrees year round. Not too bad for a quick swim (from the boat to the springs and back) but a bit cool for any extended time in the water.