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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

Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.

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I stopped off at the National Key Deer Refuge on the way to Key West. The free visitor center is a short distance off of US1 in the Big Pine Key Shopping Plaza. There is a sign... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I stopped off at the National Key Deer Refuge on the way to Key West. The free visitor center is a short distance off of US1 in the Big Pine Key Shopping Plaza. There is a sign on US1 indicating where to turn. The center has a lot of good exhibits explaining the history of the Key Deer as well... More 

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Oakley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've made several trips over the years to Key Deer NWR, but never managed to see a deer - this time I got lucky. While watching the alligators and turtles at the Blue Hole we came across a deer browsing beside the trail. The refuge is a short drive from the Overseas Highway and worth the side trip - you... More 

1 Thank Michael K
Dickson City, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took a slow drive through the refuge. We stopped at the Blue Hole (no gators in sight). Drove to the end then went out to No Name Key. Stopped at the Visitors Center (over by the Winn-Dixie) and saw the exhibits. Stop there first, the guy gave us a map and told us the best places to look and... More 

Thank Mar18519
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

They were EVERYWHERE! And so friendly! Despite all the money we spent on activities on our trip, I think these guys were my kids' favorite... right in the yard of the house we rented. Each time we drove out we'd have a contest for who could guess the closest to the number we'd see. It was usually in the 20s!... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We did not have to drive long before spotting dear. It's strange that there are neighborhoods in the middle of the park. Info shack is not on map quest in the right place .

Thank jeniferbuescher
Catskill, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I often bike to then end of Key Deer Blvd on Big Pine Key. Go to the end and you will surely see a deer or two. The often come out just before dusk.

Thank Allison C
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Key Deer are the smallest variety of North American Deer. They are an endangered specie so you must take care when trying to see them and driving in the area of their habitat. The refuge has purchased land to protect their natural habitat, but you can also see them by going early mornings on the back roads of Big Pine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

These deer can be seen all over the National Key Deer Refuge. They are not all humongous, Most of them are more on the smaller size, still there are some that are robust and tall. They generally are hiding behind bushes, bu at one time I saw several of them together, eating grass. A great place to see deer in... More 

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Champaign, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to know about the key deer this is the place to go more information than you can imagine with very helpful assistants.

Thank Illianagirl
Hot Springs, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove through the refugee, saw a few deer..if u have the time ...nice drive off the highway...if your into seeing the Key Deer take the time

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