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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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Lots of little deer in the area

We enjoyed seeing the Key deer around the area and an alligator was in the pond. The little deer can be seen along the road s ante very tame

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Kathy S
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Walworth, Wisconsin
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Somerset, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The best time to see these deer is late in the evening, the refuge closes 30 minutes after sunset = dark. It is best if you can take one of the several trails into the "bush". Otherwise they can be seen crossing Key Deer Blvd or in the yards of some of the homes around the refuge area, just look... More 

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Walworth, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed seeing the Key deer around the area and an alligator was in the pond. The little deer can be seen along the road s ante very tame

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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We actually stayed in the refuge and the deer visited every day. They are very small but pretty fearless. We could touch their noses thru the fence at our house. we really enjoyed having them near.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited both the visitor center and the Blue Hole. There were volunteers at both locations who were friendly and helpful. They were very knowledgeable and anxious to share their experience. On the way to the Blue Hole we saw 2 key deer; at the hole we saw several turtles and birds and also an alligator the volunteer said was "Sally".... More 

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Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit to see what the natural environment of the Lower Florida Keys has to offer. Great information on the Key Deer. I often take visitors here before a visit to the Blue Hole.

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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in the late morning, yet saw three of the little Key Deer (one each in three different places in the Refuge)--fun! We also stopped at the Blue Hole, where we saw an alligator and a large iguana. Nearby there are a couple of walking trails--with frequent signs/information about the terrain, flora, etc. No shade--wear a hat! All together,... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are at all interested in nature and interesting wildlife, it's worth a stop at the National Key Deer Refuge. It is a quick stop and you might learn something! Start by checking out the Visitor Center. It's a storefront in a strip mall. Easy to get in and out. They have restrooms, which is handy when you've been... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A rare and fragile environment, where fresh water amazingly provides for animals in an otherwise saltwater area. Two foot tall deer are not always easy to find, but many animals can be seen on the nature walks, as well as plant life.

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These deer are very friendly. You need to go very slow in the area. They are a protected animal here in Big pine key.

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Middletown, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove around the Refuge and saw several of the Key Deer. It would be a great place for children because the deer are very tame.

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