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National Key Deer Refuge

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Address: 28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510
Phone Number: 305 872-2239
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.

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Deer Fun!

We were looking for an "official visitor center" but never found one. We did see about 6 deer just as we were driving along the road - and it was around 3pm! Saw a mom with 2... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Heidi W
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We were looking for an "official visitor center" but never found one. We did see about 6 deer just as we were driving along the road - and it was around 3pm! Saw a mom with 2 fawns, some bucks and a couple others. We walked on some trails but didn't see anything there, maybe we were too loud? It... More 

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Hanford, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Love the tiny deer. They are so cute! If you drive down key deer Boulevard you will see a key deer. Definitely worth a side trip for.

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Norcross, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

we saw 10 key deer - pretty unusual. We were out and about after a brief rain storm and the deer were eating seeds which the storm had knocked out of the trees. we were able to drive right up next to the deer and watch them eating.

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Palatine, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

What fun to see the Key Deer. We saw a group of about 8 and stopped to watch them. When they saw us watching them they immediately came running over to the car - probably looking for a hand out which they didn't get from us. Fun to see the small deer.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We stopped by the visitors center to ask about hiking trails. The volunteer on duty was very sweet and helpful. She told us about several options for hikes to see different wildlife. The refuge offers a nice chance to get off the beaten path. We saw deer and turtles.

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This isn't a traditional state park with an entrance, rather, it's an unmarked area dedicated to Florida's flora, fauna and wildlife. Blink though, and you'll miss the visitor center opposite Winn Dixie in Pine Key. At the ranger's recommendation we drove to the Blue Hole viewing platform where we saw an alligator, or was it a crocodile, and some basking... More 

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United States
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95 reviews 95 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We could not even find the Visitors Center until we were on our way out. We saw some deer driving around on people's front lawns...they were not that small, I saw some that were as big as some small deer up north here in MI.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

But none on the trail. Trail was nicely marked, with plenty of rather loud gravel. Many bird calls audible, but hard to locate. Nice samples of terrain and explanations along the path. Do stop in at the visitor center first, it's in the shopping center opposite from the Winn Dixie.

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Chicago, Illinois
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We wanted something low key and outdoors to explore in our convertible. We heard good things about the key deer refuge, and so we hopped in the car and drove the short 45 minutes out to Big Pine Key. At first we weren't sure where to go, so definitely find a map before you head out, and do NOT go... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The key deer have been overrun by people and their homes. If you want to see the deer, drive down any of the streets back into the refuge and look around you. We saw hundreds around the houses and in the yards. Because there are so many people there, the deer have no place left to live except around the... More 

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