Three Sisters Springs Open House

Three Sisters Springs
Manatees at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River

Saturday was the last open house at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River for this manatee season. 

And we were there because it is such a great spot to see manatees and it was free!  The park is usually only open to one tour operator but three times a year there is an open house and we try to make it to a couple of the events.  We went to the open house in October and took son Darin and his fiancée Kathryn.  This time our little 4-year-old grandson Jack reluctantly went along.  (He really just wanted to go fishing with Grandpa off of our dock.)

After a week of chilly temperatures, Saturday was a pleasant spring day. Such a nice change.  We arrived at the parking area about 10:30 am and there were already a couple of dozen people in line for the bus. But the buses run non-stop so it wasn’t long before we were at the boardwalk.

Three Sisters Springs Open House
There were a LOT of other manatee lovers at the park!

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Three Sisters Springs Open House
Usually the sanctuary is open to swimmers but it was closed due to the cold weather and the high number of manatees so paddlers and swimmers were limited to the area outside the buoys.
Three Sisters Springs Open House
That dark blob on the right of the photo is dozens of manatees.

 

Three Sisters Springs Open House
This narrow section is where the manatees can go in and out of Three Sisters Springs. When the spring is open to the public, swimmers also use this inlet.
Three Sisters Springs Open House
An example of the bank erosion.

 

Three Sisters Springs Open House
There were a few tents set up. Not as many as the October Open House.
Three Sisters Springs Open House
One of the many buses that provided transport.
Three Sisters Springs Open House
And this is the line that greeted us when we got off of our bus!
Three Sisters Springs Open House
Grandpa, can we go home now?

 

3 thoughts on “Three Sisters Springs Open House

  1. Great pictures. Thanks for braving the crowds and sharing them with us, the manatees and the spring, not the crowds :-D. That jack is such a cutie!!

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