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National Key Deer Refuge

#2 of 26 things to do in Big Pine Key Features Animals
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
+1 305-872-2239
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Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
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+1 305-872-2239
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very friendly deer standing in people's yards outside the restaurants up and down the road drive safely and watch out for the cuties

Thank Travel242424
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our teenage girls enjoyed driving around and seeing the little deer. We saw more near Blue Hole. There, the small deer actually would just come right up to us. My daughter reached down and one came closer as if it wanted to be pet. I...More

Thank IslandGirlTraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago

It takes just a few minutes to drive off the Overseas Highway to Big Pine Key to see the deer and it was well worth it. We saw several (20-30) in our short drive. They're very cute.

Thank Ohio Traveller
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to stop and see if we could spot any Key Deer while heading from Key West to Islamorada. The visitor center was kind of hard to find, but if you go into the Winn-Dixie and look near the end of the parking lot,...More

Thank Shawni_and_Buck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove around and stopped at blue hole. Saw lots of deer. Super pretty to look at. Went around 5-6 ish in the evening.

Thank Calicat06
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are such cute little deer. Seem to be quite used to people as some are in residential areas lounging in the shade of trees on the lawns of beautiful homes. Some even seem to pose for you while you take pictures! Love it!

Thank Katherine G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was so adorable to see these miniature deer. I saw a baby, couldn't have been more than a foot and a half tall. They are so cute. If you see any, be careful, don't approach, and don't feed them. Keep nature in nature. But..........More

Thank HeadsUpNYC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved seeing those adorable Key deer! It took a bit of work, but we followed the advice in other reviews and it worked out. We went to the Winn-Dixie shopping center on Big Key Pine, and located the visitors center, where we got a...More

Thank Matthew G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staffed by knowledgeable volunteers, the visitor's center is a must place to stop for info. Located in a Winn Dixie shopping plaza, it can be hard to miss. Basically, stand with your back to Winn Dixie and look to the building across the parking lot,...More

Thank Florida_kes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we drove all the way to the end, lone behold a deer....two months before a family crossing the road...Please do not pet or feed deer..just admire. this is a residential area and protected.

Thank 189MIMI
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Pegasus39_11
Hi, We are a party of four, and would be interested in learning more about then Key Deer. We drove through the Key today and did not notice any directions to the ranger's station, etc. Please advise: Cost , best times, guise availability, etc., Thanks gg
4 March 2017|
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Response from Motorcyclebuds | Reviewed this property |
The best place to see the critters is past the Winn-Dixie grocery on Big Pine Key. Drive the roads slowly either early or late, and look for movement near the edges of cover.
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Pegasus39_11
Hi, We are a party of four, and would be interested in learning more about then Key Deer. We drove through the Key today and did not notice any directions to the ranger's station, etc. Please advise: Cost , best times, guise availability, etc., Thanks gg
4 March 2017|
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Response from fishersgirl | Reviewed this property |
Turn off of the Overseas Highway onto Key Deer Blvd. On the right you will see a shopping plaza with a Winn Dixie. The Key Deer information center is across the parking lot from the grocery store. The best times for seeing... More
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Susan D
Is viewing handicap accessible?
18 December 2016|
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Response from fishersgirl | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely 100%! Drive to the very end of Key Deer Blvd, it ends in a turn around - there are generally deer there. Then go down Kyle Blvd and drive slowly through the neighborhood - I have never not found there there. The... More
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