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National Key Deer Refuge

28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510
305 872-2239
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As featured in Daytrips from Miami and 1 other guide
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.
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Winter Haven, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This ad is misleading. The key deer refuge is not a place but the whole island. The address the map takes you to is a dead end. If you stay straight instead of making the last turn on the navigation of your gps you will find lots of hiking trails down to the end of the road where there is... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

These cute little deer came out in the street like nothing was going on. We saw a couple little babies with their spots still.

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The refuge is small, but very unique. It is an endangered pine rockland The highlight, of course, is the key deer. They are beautiful "miniatures" of white tail deer, This area of the Keys is their only habitat. Well worth stopping to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We just drove down through the refuge in our vehicle late afternoon till the road ran out. We saw 5 deer (3 adults and two fawns) eating on the side of the road. They were not afraid of the car at all. Not a lot of traffic in the area although a neighborhood is in the refuge area. Good way... More

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Okeechobee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This time through the Key deer refuge we seen very few deer as the weather was very hot and afternoon storms were more plentiful. But we did get a few glimpses of the Key Deer and all were female or young fawns. Mainly spotted in residents yards or crossing the streets.

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Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We didn't see many deer; about 5 total in different places, but it was the middle of the day. Deer are smart and stay out of the heat, so I'm sure that you could see many of them in the evening or morning. We did drive all the way down the No Name Key and saw a baby fawn with... More

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting creatures in a neat habitat. Wish it were more natural for these tiny deer (less people), but there's a lot of them to see. Trails are good. Don't feed them (they don't fear humans and cannot digest corn). Visitor center is interesting, but not where the map directs you. Road speeds are a bit too fast for the... More

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

DH and I stopped here on our way back from Key West. We were hoping to see more key deer, we only saw one along the roadside and it ran off right away. We walked two of the trails in the refuge and it was ok...make sure you wear bugspray. I would skip this is I was in the keys... More

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Laveno-Mombello, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

A nice experience for kids and adults. The Keys Deers live free and safe in this amazing Key. Just driving for the Key roads is very easy have encounter of many of them that not scared by humans approaching to the kids looking for food.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The deer are easy to spot, along roads, in yards, on Big Pine Key. Bucks, does, fawns. Singles, couples, families. I drive along Key Deer Rd., off US 1, past Watson Rd. and watch them stroll and feed. They are used to observers in cars. Best time to see them is at dusk. There are about 700 of them, mostly... More

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