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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

Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.

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Very cool, informative, educational, and super nice folks. A clean and well kept area. Loved the displays. Thank you

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very cool, informative, educational, and super nice folks. A clean and well kept area. Loved the displays. Thank you

Thank Barb M
Champaign, United States
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4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Where are the deer?? And where is the visitor center?? Followed the signs to the center but didn't see it. Did they hide it? Followed the gps which ended up at a residential area. We're all like WHAT?! This place needs better signage at least. Did see some turtles but they weren't deer.

Thank Sandra K
Chestertown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We live where it's unusual not to see ten to twenty deer in our backyard at some time during the day. But they're the bigger cousins to the Key Deer. While the refuge is named for its most famous residents, there is lots of history to be learned of the eco-system of the keys... plus... there are birds, 'gators, iguanas,... More 

Thank Hokie67
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We saw several of these cute deer on the way back from our amazing lunch at the No Name Pub. I was able to get some excellent pictures too. Don't be afraid to go off of the beaten path and explore the area. It's well worth the time spent.

1 Thank Hippo48
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Key Deer are tiny, and the locals say they taste like chicken. Saw several on the way to the restaurant on the back side of island.

Thank mrichardm
North Canton, Ohio
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not stop at the wildlife park station but saw several deer & gators - some at a lake with walking trails and some deer while driving around the Key.

Thank juggle330
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well marked crushed limestone trails introducing travelers to this unique ecosystem and yes we saw a few deer.

1 Thank Peter G
Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We followed the advice from the visitors' center but there were no deer to be seen there. We came back at sundown and went to No Name Key and saw lots of these beautiful animals. Unfortunately for them they have no fear of humans. They are well worth the detour.

1 Thank Patricia L
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent and hour in the Key Deer Refuge hoping to see some of these tiny (dog-sized) deer. We saw over 20 of them some of them up close and personal. The refuge itself is a nice empty piece of Florida Key mangrove country and it is definitely worth a small detour.

1 Thank Dannyvaneijk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Key Deer Refuge is not a game preserve. It is simply an area where Key Deer live that has been developed over the years. It is like driving through your town at home and seeing Deer, albeit much smaller. If you are OK with this, it is a great time. Turn off US 1 and drive through the side... More 

2 Thank Brendan O

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