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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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nice trip

Go down the NO Name Key and check out the deer. They are very small and the sign said that 163 deer lost their lives to vehicles last year. About 30 so far this year. It a nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Westover, Maryland
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Westover, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Go down the NO Name Key and check out the deer. They are very small and the sign said that 163 deer lost their lives to vehicles last year. About 30 so far this year. It a nice little drive and they are just standing along the road or in people's yards. Take a camera.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Start off at the visitor's center. You will learn a lot from the volunteers and displays there. It is in a strip shopping center and we had a hard time finding it as we didn't expect it to be in a place like that, so turn into the grocery store parking lot to find it. Once we left the visitor's... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

This small visitor center in the WinnDixie shopping center on Big Pine Key is a hidden gem. There are several exhibits that that introduce kids and parents to Key Deer and other local species to visitors. There are several areas like Drs Arm, Port Pines, and No Name Key that tend to have high concentrations of Key Deer. The deer... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

There is a bookstore and souvenirs shop, plus a very few displays. Purchases benefit the key deer refuge. Not really worth a stop unless you are already there anyway. Just driving around the key, you are likely to see one or two of these tiny deer in a yard or by the road.

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Once we got off of Hwy 1, there were Key Deer all over the place! Make sure to visit the Key Deer National Refuge Visitors center in Big Pine Key. It is in a strip mall on the corner of Key Deer Blvd and Hwy 1. Then take Key Deer Blvd out to the end and they are crossing the... More 

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Gretna, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We liked it here, but some of the people visiting were obnoxious, not understanding this was not a zoo.

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

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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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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