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National Key Deer Refuge

28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510
305 872-2239
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Saw lots of live Key Deer, ride to No Name Key at Sundown and you will see many deer. While you are there you have to eat at the No Name Pub.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We drove aimlessly around the park waiting for No Name Pub to open. The Key Deer here have no fear. They don't bolt when you stop to shoot their pictures and if you open the door to get out of your vehicle, they will come toward you. I thought one buck was going to jump in the car with us.... More

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Frisco, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

ok being from Texas I expected maybe a brief sighting, but these little guys walk up and say hello. It's amazing! They are all over big pine of you turn off the main highway and drive "slowly" through the neighborhoods you will see deer. They are everywhere, but be careful they do get on the streets.

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Foley, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Be sure to watch out ofr the deer. they are the tiniest little things! You don't have to go to the refuge to see them. They are everywhere on big Pine Key.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We rode through the Refuge on our way to lunch. It was fun seeing the deer in private yards and on the sides of the road. They are protected here, so they did not seem afraid of us, and we got some great photos. I am always happy that someone had the forsight to protect this area, and this species... More

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New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We never made it to the refuge. We were on the main road and saw a group all around a grove of trees at the walgreens. We stopped and got out of our car to see if we could take some pictures. One came walking right over to my husband. It was a small male with antlers. The others seemed... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

No need to go to the refuge itself, the cute little deer are everywhere on the island. If you do go to the refuge, bring lots of bug dope and wear some water shoes.

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Sierra Vista
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27 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

worth the trip. Went to the visitors center and they were very helpful as to where to see the deer.you have to drive slow, but we saw one key deer, and one buck. Absolutely beautiful. Also saw Ospreys.

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Smoky Mountain, Tennessee
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

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!

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Willow Spring, North Carolina
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18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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

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