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Address: Key Deer Boulevard, Off U.S. 1, Mile Marker 30, Big Pine Key, FL
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Key deer, alligators and fish gather at this watering hole, formerly a...
Key deer, alligators and fish gather at this watering hole, formerly a limestone quarry, where fresh water is layered over salt water.
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Nature Walk

I always take visitors to Big Pine Key here -- because they usually get to see an alligator. It's a short walk and is a glld place to view local birds, reptiles, etc.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
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Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I always take visitors to Big Pine Key here -- because they usually get to see an alligator. It's a short walk and is a glld place to view local birds, reptiles, etc.

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Grand Haven, Michigan
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135 reviews 135 reviews
26 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We stopped here for a visit while on a search for the Key Deer. If you've never seen a gator in the wild, or deer, or fish, then this might be an interesting stop for a short time. However, having seen an abundance of wildlife in our travels all over the country and abroad, it was a bit disappointing. It's... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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250 reviews 250 reviews
94 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

If time is short keep going. The best place to find Key Deer is on No-Name-Key. The blue whole is not a prime Key Deer spot. The Blue Hole is a nice little water hole with a gator living in it. There is a nice trail around it, but again if time is short I would skip this spot. If... More 

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Seaford, N.Y.
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Don't expect a marine aquatic show. Just wait and watch...Maybe a gotor will cruise by. Surely a terrapin will bob up to the surface.Bluegills, catfish, carp plus "foreign" fish illegally introduced to the Blue Hole can be seen from the observation deck. Oscars of different colors are visible at times. Of course there are iguanas to be seen scampering over... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
18 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

As a Brit, as I use to weird little spots and cultural attractions (think of 200 feet men made out of chalk carved out of hills)! Blue Hole is one of those little quirky places. It is up a long dusty road seemingly going no where. No road signs, no fan fare. In effect it is a little car park,... More 

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Bernville, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Stopped here to use up some time, saw 1 alligator relaxing in the water. It's just okay. We stopped here a few years ago and I liked it better then, not sure why it seemed so blah.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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235 reviews 235 reviews
64 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We went in the afternoon and didn't see much. Best to go early or late, when it is cooler. A volunteer guide was very helpful.

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Sugarloaf Key, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Go yourself, take your family, just go. There is good parking well marked trails and you will see more miniature deer on the way than you can imagine. Don’t feed the alligators.

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Columbus, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

See gators, turtles, huge pacu fish, birds. Knowledgeable naturalist on hand to show and tell. Easy to find on Big Pine Key. Stop at nature center in Winn Dixie Plaza on Key Deer Rd if you need directions.

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Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

This is a free attraction. Turn right at the light on Big Pine and take the left hand split which is Key Deer blvd. it's about 3 miles north. On the left. We saw two alligators and an albino catfish. There is a walking trail too.

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