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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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Saw 2 alligators and albino catfish

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

It's one of a very few places on Big Pine with fresh water. There are birds and lots of things happening here. You can see alligators right from the observation platform. Plenty of birds, turtles and various types of fish. You can stay and relax for a while as things sort of change. It's like a 2 minute walk to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This trail is just off the roadside and a short trail, 300 yards. The trail is covered with gravel and easy to walk. The trail vegitation are identified with markers and ID many of the plants you will see on the key. The Hole is good for birds and covered and frequently has a NWF volunteer to help point out... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This fresh water sinkhole is set back from the road on the path that leads to the Key Deer Refuge. The main attraction is a pair of alligators who usually hang around the viewing platform or are visible under nearby bushes. The birds here are both visible and active in and around the water. A volunteer guide is on hand... More 

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Millersburg
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

A perfect visit to this wildlife sanctuary. Alligators, turtles, birds, ducks, etc. What a perfect day!!!!!

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a very short walk, with a deck half way back the path and 2 alligators lay in the water right below the deck. Continuing on the path you will find several places to stand or sit to look over the Blue Hole at different angles. There is also an albino catfish, large iguana and a pie billed grebe... More 

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Oxford, Ohio
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24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This is essentially a short trail to old quarry filled with clear freshwater that has some alligators in it. If seeing a gator in the wild is on your list of things to do while in Florida this is a good place to check it off.

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Marathon, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

This is a pretty neat place to see some wildlife and the alligator but not worthy of a whole day.Couple of nature trails that are OK at best. Educational boards up are pretty interesting. Good little 10 minute stop if in the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Went there with 2 small kids. They loved seeing the gators there. Not much else to see no real trail around the blue hole. Was a little too short but still worth seeing the only gators in the keys

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Male Alligator was awaiting us right at the display, knowledgable park ranger volunteer answered all questions and added more. Pleasant visit, rare spot in the Keys. Resommend.

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