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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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If you want to see Key Deer this is the spot

Had a hard time locating the visitors center as it is located in a supermarket storefront. Nonetheless we went to the end of the road and ended up seeing Key Deer walking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Wildwood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Had a hard time locating the visitors center as it is located in a supermarket storefront. Nonetheless we went to the end of the road and ended up seeing Key Deer walking around near the end of the road. At the visitors center they suggested a small trail and we did walk it and saw a few deer prints but... More 

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Parrish
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

This is a free activity & would be fun for young children to spot a key deer. It's not a preserve that you drive up to a gate with an attendant to greet you. You simply drive around winding streets in residential neighborhoods. It was approximately 11-11:30 am when we got there but my husband still spotted 2 deer grazing... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were just passing buy and had to check it out, Great scenery and wild life, hard to picture Deer in the keys but there they are. worth the drive to Big Pine key

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

If you want to see Key Deer, Big Pine key and No Name key are the only place to do so. A good place to observe them is the refuge. Tips: 1) Go early, maybe nine-ish. They seem to be more active in the refuge at this time, but can be seen anytime during the day. 2) Pick a spot... More 

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Longwood, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

If one is quiet and patient, he will definitely see a key deer. The deer are small and curious, and they readily approached us. I assume they are used to getting handouts.

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a nice nice natural area for a walk. I didn't see any deer, but there were plenty at our house on Big Pine.

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Foothill Ranch, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I was in town to do some scuba diving. Since you can't fly for 24 hours after your last dive, I had an opportunity to take in the sights of the area. A local taxi driver recommended this refuge. He drove me there and I was glad I had a chance to experience it.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

My average rating is due to misunderstanding what the refuge was. It is not a park, but an area. You have to drive the residential roads in hopes of spotting a deer. We say two. Yes, they are tiny. Yes, they are cute. I would have preferred to spend that hour doing something else.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We went here expecting not to see more than one or two deer if we were lucky, but the first time we went we saw six deer! If you drive north on Key Deer Blvd from Highway 1 you are bound to see many deer without much effort. Highly recommend if you're driving through the area.

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Merritt Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you are in the area, it is worth a drive-thru in order to see some of the coolest little deer. Be cautious as they are not supposed to be fed but obviously are. They will walk right up to your car and almost ask for food. Don't do it. We took pictures and left them the way we found... More 

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