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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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Okeechobee, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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63 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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156 reviews 156 reviews
87 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
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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New Bern, North Carolina
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Take the marked turn off Highway 1 and drive a few miles to this refuge full of scrub brush and sand. Access is free. Once there, drive slowly because the deer will find you. They just walk along the road. We saw about eight, including a buck, doe and really small fawn. They are used to humans and you can... More

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Genoa, Italy
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

The deers come next to you without being afraid of people. They are small and so cute. You can just drive around and try one of the side roads and find them by the road.

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North Conway, New Hampshire
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59 reviews 59 reviews
5 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

They are beautiful creatures, way too tame for their own good. The younger ones come right up to you and nuzzle. The island protects them with low mileage laws & lots of green space. But they seem to thrive on human interaction aka feeding.

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Jim Thorpe, PA
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

These deer are very used to humans being around. They are very docile animals. If you get a chance check out the key deer. Then stop at the "no name bar". Excellent Philly cheesesteaks!!!

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