A variety of species, including manatees, call this collection of three freshwater springs, which are tethered to the Crystal River, home.
ABOUT CRYSTAL RIVER
Crystal River is a small city located on the Gulf of Mexico in Citrus County, Florida. It is known for its natural beauty and is home to several freshwater springs, which are popular tourist destinations. The springs are connected to the Crystal River and are known for their clear, blue waters and diverse wildlife, including manatees, alligators, birds, and fish.
Crystal River is a popular destination for outdoor activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing. It is also home to a number of state and national parks and wildlife refuges, including the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
In addition to its natural attractions, Crystal River is also home to a number of restaurants, shops, and hotels. It is a popular destination for both tourists and locals, and is known for its small town atmosphere and friendly community.
The publicly accessible springs in Crystal River are: Three Sisters Springs, Hunter Spring, Jurassic Spring, Magnolia Spring, and King Spring.
LOCATION: 123 NW HWY 19
Crystal River, FL 34428
HOURS: Kings Bay & Hunter Springs: 8:00am – Sunset
Boardwalk & property around the spring access: 8:30am – 3:30pm
ENTRY FEE: Kings Bay & Hunter Springs require a parking fee to be paid at the pay station in the park.
Boardwalk & property (Summer): Adults $12.50, Senior (55+) $12.50, Military $11.50, Children (6-15) $7.50, Children under 5 are free.
Boardwalk & property (Winter): Adults $20, Senior (55+) $17.50, Military $15, Children (6-15) $7.50, Children under 5 are free
THINGS TO DO AT CRYSTAL RIVER
BOARDWALK NATURE TRAIL
CLEAR KAYAK TOURS
BOOK A CLEAR KAYAK TOUR AT CRYSTAL RIVER
Hunter Springs is renowned for its history in addition to its natural beauty and animals. It was named for the Hunter family, who owned the property in the early 20th century, and was once a well-liked location for hunting and fishing.
Jurassic Spring pumps 100 gallons of water an hour into Crystal River. Depending on the tide, the depth of Jurassic Spring can range from around 15 to 20 feet deep.
This spring is known for its popularity with divers, swimmers, and snorkelers because of the amount of manatee that use this spring as sanctuary.
This spring can be found within Crystal River and is a frequent sanctuary for manatee during the manatee season.