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National Key Deer Refuge

28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510
305 872-2239
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.

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Dallas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

We took a quick stop to hopefully see some deer. We drove straight to No Name Key and picked a random road to drive down. We saw 6 deer on this one street...a family of 4 and 2 individual deer. They are somewhat curious but keep a safe distance from you. They are beautiful little creatures. We thoroughly enjoyed our... More 

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mayville
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35 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

we saw more deer driving around the key than in the park! Time of day was 11am, so not best viewing time. We did see the deer and were surprised at how small they are. In wi we have big bucks, these were like big dog size. I am not complaining, it is cool to see how different regions have... More 

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Live Oak, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

The hiking trail is less than a mile and very easy to walk. We saw key deer, egrets, herons, & other animals. Go early in the morning or late afternoon as this is when the deer are more active. Also drove over to No Name Key and saw lots of key deer.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Saw lots of live Key Deer, ride to No Name Key at Sundown and you will see many deer. While you are there you have to eat at the No Name Pub.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We drove aimlessly around the park waiting for No Name Pub to open. The Key Deer here have no fear. They don't bolt when you stop to shoot their pictures and if you open the door to get out of your vehicle, they will come toward you. I thought one buck was going to jump in the car with us.... More 

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Frisco, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

ok being from Texas I expected maybe a brief sighting, but these little guys walk up and say hello. It's amazing! They are all over big pine of you turn off the main highway and drive "slowly" through the neighborhoods you will see deer. They are everywhere, but be careful they do get on the streets.

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Foley, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Be sure to watch out ofr the deer. they are the tiniest little things! You don't have to go to the refuge to see them. They are everywhere on big Pine Key.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We rode through the Refuge on our way to lunch. It was fun seeing the deer in private yards and on the sides of the road. They are protected here, so they did not seem afraid of us, and we got some great photos. I am always happy that someone had the forsight to protect this area, and this species... More 

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New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We never made it to the refuge. We were on the main road and saw a group all around a grove of trees at the walgreens. We stopped and got out of our car to see if we could take some pictures. One came walking right over to my husband. It was a small male with antlers. The others seemed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

No need to go to the refuge itself, the cute little deer are everywhere on the island. If you do go to the refuge, bring lots of bug dope and wear some water shoes.

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