You'll Have To Kayak Your Way Into This Gorgeous Spring Near Tampa
Something about those glistening clear blues of Florida's springs just makes us want to jump in - it's just human nature really. This gorgeous spring makes you work for it. You'll have to paddleboard, kayak, or swim to get to this little oasis - but it's totally worth it.
Tucked away in Crystal River Florida, the Three Sisters Springs are the true gem of the city. If you have a spirit of adventure and a love for all things blue, you have to visit these springs. Since there is no land access, you launch a boat off onto King's Bay and navigate by water to the spring entrance. A motorized boat cannot enter the springs though so you'll have to anchor down or tie off and actually swim, kayak, or paddleboard in.
The stunning shimmer of the clear blue Three Sister's Springs is totally worth it though; you'll want to take tons of pictures once you get there to remember your journey to this oasis - get a taste of what's waiting for you when you get there below:
Kayaking in is by far the best way to get here, especially if you have your own clear kayak to use. Manatees like to flock to the spring and surrounding waterways which is super cool to see under you as you paddle. You can actually book $55 manatee tours in clear kayaks with a company nearby called Get Up and Go Kayaking if you want a guided tour to see the gentle water puppers up close.
The springs can be enjoyed from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, except when closed during peak Manatee season. You can often book tours to actually swim with the manatees in Crystal River as well. We always recommend checking to see if any regulations have been put in place and mapping out your day to plan your trip.
If you only want to see the springs but not get in the water, the Three Sister's Visitor's page offers trolley rides as well as biking or walking access to the park to walk the boardwalk, which is also a great place for some gorgeous photos.
For more information about the springs land access and how to navigate to the springs, check out the Three Sister's Spring visitor's page here.
Disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.