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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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This is a great distraction from the usual Keys activities. Finding the office to get information is a bit tricky, since it's actually in a small mall. However, once you make the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Grand Haven, Michigan
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Grand Haven, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This is a great distraction from the usual Keys activities. Finding the office to get information is a bit tricky, since it's actually in a small mall. However, once you make the drive it gets more interesting. The area is scrubby with lots of small side roads where you might spot the deer. These tiny animals are certainly not shy;... More 

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Wasilla, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Drive carefully and watch out for these smaller than usual deer. They are a very cute sight grazing on the side of the road or in a vacant lot. The refuge has a very informational display at their Visitor Center in the Winn-Dixie complex.

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Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were lucky enough to stay at a private cabin found on airbnb.com that is actually a part of a refuge. Each morning the key deer reliable arrived to our door step as we got up in the morning which provided a very magical experience.

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Be sure to go to visitor center first. No specific place to go, but key deer wander the roads. We drive around a lot and saw a few key deer. Viewing areas were unmarked, hard to find, and disappointing. Still worth a drive to see the small key deer. Note that this is a refuge not a park, so no... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

These deer are only found on this Florida Key. They are small, white tailed deer that seem to know they are protected!!! They will walk right up to your car....amazing little critters!

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The best place to see Key Deer is on No-Name Key. Every time we went over there around sunset, we saw 10-15 deer. If you stop by the Deer refuge visitor center they can provide you a map of the areas to see the Key Deer. Key deer stand about 3-4 feet tall and can only be found in the... More 

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LEWES
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Glad we found this refuge. There are a couple of walking trails, a large pond with alligator, turtle and fish residents, and miles of back roads to sight wildlife. The best place to sight deer, for us, was on No Name Key. They walk the shoulder of the road and do not scare easily. They're small, but beautiful. The visitors... More 

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This had not originally been earn our plan to stop at the national key deer refuge. Then when we saw the signs from Highway one and all of the protection fences, We got curious and found the refuge on a map (just a couple of miles away). It did not take long to start seeing lots of deer. When we... More 

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Central City, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

These are tiny little guys. The visitor centre is staffed with friendly and knowledgeable staff on a mission to protect the tiny Key deer and the population which seriously threatened by the car traffic on the Key. Visit, donate, help.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

These small deer are so beautiful. They are not afraid so as you ride around you can see a lot of them. The population isn't large, but you should see them. On the ponds you can see various ducks and song birds. Go to the ranger station and you will find knowledgeable Rangers who will tell you a lot.

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