We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Key Deer Refuge

28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510
305 872-2239
Improve this listing
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.
Write a Review

174 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Smoky Mountain, Tennessee
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Make sure you stop by the visitors center and they'll tell you the best places to see the deer. We were the in mid afternoon and hype deer were exactly where they recommended!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Willow Spring, North Carolina
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We rode through on the way down to Key West and on the way back up. The first ride through didn't see too many deer but, we saw a huge buck (behind the Moose Lodge). The 2nd time we rode through we saw a lot of deer. It wasn't as hot that day and it seemed like deer were everywhere.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lancaster Pa
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

What a wonderful trip for nature lovers! We went in the middle of the day and saw many deer on Big Pine Key and No Name Key. They are truly an amazing (and adorable) species and a wonderful example of evolutionary adaptation. Visitor center is also very informative and volunteer there was wonderful! And to make things even better, it's... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Glenwood, New York, USA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The small key deer are always a pleasure to see. They congregate in small groups around Big Pine Key.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Leesburg, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Visited the blue hole but did not see the alligator. Did see a key deer enroute. Nice diversion on the way to Key West.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It was a wonder experience coming from key west about mid morning. We saw iguanas along the road on the way. Then we arrived and drove around the paved streets. There we saw many deer. A doe with 3 of her fawns. Then again a doe with one fawn. Later eating at the base of a tree in the front... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This refuge is fantastic. If you go in the morning, you get to see tons of deer! We also hiked several of the trails and saw the local white-crowned pigeons and other birds and wildlife, inclu ding a Florida box turtle! Visiting the blue hole was great. We saw alligators and an Anhinga nest with babies on it. Awesome! If... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Orlando, Florida
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We took a hike on the trails and saw more deer on the road than in the woods! The visitor center was closed although the sign on the door said they were open on Saturdays.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
34 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Tucked away in a supermarket parking lot, the visitor center is manned by volunteers who can give you directions and map out your visit - and it is an air-conditioned oasis! It also has clean restrooms and some good exhibits, including one that shows the difference between crocs and gators - yup, this center is also for the Crocodile Refuge... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Winter Haven, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 4

Travelers who viewed National Key Deer Refuge also viewed

Big Pine Key, Florida Keys

Been to National Key Deer Refuge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage National Key Deer Refuge?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing