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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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Cool little park

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Williamsville, New York
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Williamsville, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Coconut Creek, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Not what we were expecting. Nice little stop if you are off the water and looking for something to do. Some fish and a gator. There is a small path around for some added exercise however not much to see here.

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We "only" saw an alligator at the Blue Hole, but it was right off the road while we were in the Key Deer Refuge, so it wasn't out of our way. Neat little place to stop at!

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Gretna, Nebraska
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is a neat place to see. Free to enter. Lots of interesting vegetation, and of course, the alligators.

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Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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136 reviews 136 reviews
26 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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252 reviews 252 reviews
94 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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