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National Key Deer Refuge

Address: 28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510
Phone Number: 305 872-2239
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
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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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Stop by the office in the shopping mall for a map and a little history. Staff is very knowledgeable. Head out to the "Blue Hole" to see alligators, maybe an anhinga sunning itself, and other wildlife. Drive the neighborhoods to see Key Deer strolling about.

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chicago
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Not really any specific area to stop and see the deer. We drove through neighborhoods and viewed the tiny deer lying in yards and walking on the streets. Cute and funny. Be careful driving! There are a couple of marked paths to walk where we did see an alligator but no deer. We drove to an out of the way... More 

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Uniontown, Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We drove down here for something to do on a cloudy day and we really enjoyed it. The visitor center is really nice, and the deer are cute (you will find them more often in the outlying neighborhoods than in the refuge). We spent a good bit of time at the Blue Hole and saw the alligators, an iguana, and... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Cute, friendly - we loved seeing the deer. They actually started to come up to our car - watch out because some people feed the deer and they are looking for more food, just a heads up to be careful driving.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
65 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We drove the length of the keys starting from Key West; Big Pine seems the least 'touristy' and least built-up of the major keys. The 'Refuge' seems more like residential neighborhoods with some protected lands for wildlife. The visitor center in a shopping area is a little hard to find, (follow the signs and be patient) but the staff are... More 

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Pittsburgh Pa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Coming from Pa I am used to seeing white tail deer all over the place. These Key deer are the most amazing tiny ( about the size of a golden retriever) deer! They graze along the side of the road, which unfortunately is the leading cause of death for these deer. Key Deer Blvd goes all the way to the... More 

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Marathon, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Lots of nature trails and beautiful deer! Theres even a lagoon with a resident alligator that you can see from a dock :) Not really an all day thing but you could easily spend an hour or two. Recommend stopping by for a walk :)

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Dallas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

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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146 reviews 146 reviews
35 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

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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