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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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Brief, but nicely marked

Right next to the primary trails for the Key Deer Refuge. If you're there for one, see the other. We didn't see any deer on these trails, but birds, a turtle and one alligator... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Arlington, Virginia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Very short walk to the Hole from the parking lot. Less than 100m. Alligators came right up once we were on the observation platform. Wanting to be fed.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Right next to the primary trails for the Key Deer Refuge. If you're there for one, see the other. We didn't see any deer on these trails, but birds, a turtle and one alligator were all around the hole.

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Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews 84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We planned a trip here to coincide with our visit to the Key Deer Refuge, which is right across the street. The water isn't super large, but it has a lot of life in it. We saw 3 different types of turtles, close enough that we could take pictures from the viewing platforms, and while we watched and waited, we... More 

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Even though I have lived here forever and have been there many times, I never know what I will see when I stop by. The Park System has put in walk-ways and the birds, fish and alligators are worth the stop! It is what Big Pine looked like before all the people arrived :)

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Kennebunk, Maine
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190 reviews 190 reviews
38 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Not sure what the hype is of this attraction. We were the only ones there and it's just a big pond with nothing going on. We did see a turtle sunning itself.

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Hugo, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My husband and I stopped by here on accident. We were looking for roads to get lost on (which is impossible in the Keys...) when we found this place. It is a nice place for a short, quiet walk. We walked around the Blue Hole, and learned about how it came to be. The Volunteer we talked to was a... More 

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Fort Lauderdale
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

If you are expecting wonderous sights, no this is isn't it. You want a nice little walk thru the 'woods' and see some nature and maybe an alligator, yes this is it. Very quiet, and peaceful, key deer all around, and you can hear the bees all around doing their bee business.

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Williamsville, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We had decided that we were going to see out of the places on this trip to the Keys. This didn't disappoint. We saw the smaller alligator in the quarry, along with a ton of fish. The foliage was amazing. At the end we heard a rustling at the end of the trail & out came 2 Key deer!!! They... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I have been there twice and I have to warn you that first time I got to see the 2 gators right there under the dock, which was pretty cool, but second time no gators. So it kind of depends how lucky you are I guess. It's a nice stop on the way to key west... Every time I was... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It's really just a big pond. There's a gazebo and maybe a volunteer to explain what you are looking at, but not worth going out of your way to see.

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