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National Key Deer Refuge

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Address: 28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
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+1 305-872-2239
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.

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Fun spot to see these docile deer

Brought the kids, had a deer feeding 6 feet in front of its at the blue hole with no fear of humans. We sat down on the walkway and watched for 5 minutes until he moseyed down... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Michelle C
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Bonita springs
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Bonita springs
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Brought the kids, had a deer feeding 6 feet in front of its at the blue hole with no fear of humans. We sat down on the walkway and watched for 5 minutes until he moseyed down the trail. Blue hole is beautiful and saw lots of critters.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Super helpful staff at welcome center who provided map and hot spot to look for which wildlife. Easy parking and nice trails. Animals include gators, snakes, birds, and adorable key deer.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Refuge is well worth viewing and a good cause. Since they are slowing reducing in number till the point they may be no more. See them while you can. Also drive slowly through the road arounds the Refuge to see even more deer.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So much focus is given to the bars, beach life and water activities in the Keys that it is easy to overlook that it is a real place with a variety of experiences to enjoy. The national refuge offered my family and I and opportunity to see a different side of the Keys - birds and animals that call the... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In the Flordia Keys after crossing over 47 or 57 bridges to get to Key West from Homestead you will begin to see the ground as barren, wild flowers, an scrub pine and seedlings. This makes it really tough for the deer to grow to any size. Originally brought to the Keys by a land owner to hunt. Now the... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

During our numerous visits to the Florida Keys we have had the best luck to view Key Deer if we ventured west on Key Deer Blvd. on Big Pine Key. (By the Winn Dixie shopping center.) The deer are only found in this area of the Florida Keys and no where else in the world. You may find some of... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We stay on Big Pine during January and see these little deer all the time, mainly morning and evening. Not really an attraction and you have to watch out for them. Since it is a federal preserve follow the speed limit as speeding fines are hefty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We turned into the National Key Deer Refuge and it didnt take 3 minutes to see our first deer. They are so cute and so little and they blend in so well with the flora that they blend in so easily. Be sure to follow the 35 mph speed limit so that you don't hit one of the deer. Be... More 

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Jacksonville Beach, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at the National Key Deer Refuge Center and the people there were so informational. They gave us a very good explanation of the key deer and the bathroom facilities were very clean. However, once we made it to the actual hiking trails, we did not see any key deer. We ended up going by "No Name Bar" and... More 

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Liberty, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you make the side trip of Hwy 1 for this. We took one of the smaller gravel roads once we got onto Big Pine Key and almost immediately saw two Key Deer. Stopped by the Blue Hole and saw the iguanas and alligators that hang out under one of the viewing platforms. We drove the outskirts of the... More 

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