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Blue Hole

Address: Key Deer Boulevard, Off U.S. 1, Mile Marker 30, Big Pine Key, FL
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Key deer, alligators and fish gather at this watering hole, formerly a limestone quarry, where...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: 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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Marathon, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Live Oak, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This is a fresh water hole on Big Pine Key that is part of the Nat'l Parks Dept, but it needs some upkeep. Budget cuts have probably affected this sight more than others. Still very nice place to stop and see gators and birds.

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Dallas, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The blue hole is a very short nature trail that features a pond with alligators. All I kept thinking was I hope the ducks don't swim too close to the alligators, which usually hang out right at the observation deck. No bathrooms here, natural dirt walkways. One or two low steps to the observation deck. You only need a few... More 

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Burlington, Kentucky
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99 reviews 99 reviews
56 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Not a lot to see here but you can get a feel for the Jungle of the keys. Caution gators have no respect for guest and roam her in their territory like they own it. You might see the Key Deer as this is a great watering hole, but they are aware of the danger as well. As you drive... More 

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madison
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is what is called a freshwater lens, where fresh water rests on top of land permeated with salt water. The wildlife and walks around the preserve are great.

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Putnam Heights, Connecticut, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We wanted to see the Key Deer so we went to Blue Hole. The minute we got onto the trail, a beautiful doe was looking right at us in the woods. We stopped to look at her and we were thrilled when she walked right over to us. We also saw to Peacocks and many birds around the water. There... More 

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NYC
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I'd read reviews that said Blue Hole was dinky and not worth a visit It may not be worth a two-hour drive, but for anyone staying in the area or passing through, it's well worth a stop. My husband and I saw a nght heron and its hatchlings, at least one alligator, and various other flora and fauna that we... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

A brief walk from the small parking area leads you to an observation deck overlooking this fresh water filled quarry. The time you spend will depend on how much wildlife chooses to show themselves. We arrived on a cold, brisk day and only a few birds decided to share the place with us. The gators, turtles and bigger critters that... More 

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