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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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We went here expecting not to see more than one or two deer if we were lucky, but the first time we went we saw six deer! If you drive north on Key Deer Blvd from Highway 1 you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Gainesville, Florida
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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We went here expecting not to see more than one or two deer if we were lucky, but the first time we went we saw six deer! If you drive north on Key Deer Blvd from Highway 1 you are bound to see many deer without much effort. Highly recommend if you're driving through the area.

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Merritt Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

If you are in the area, it is worth a drive-thru in order to see some of the coolest little deer. Be cautious as they are not supposed to be fed but obviously are. They will walk right up to your car and almost ask for food. Don't do it. We took pictures and left them the way we found... More 

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Hazlehurst
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We found the little elusive Key deer weren't so elusive. They were sleeping until cars, eating along side the neighborhoods on the way to the refuge area. They aren't as big as my lab dog.

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Stop at the Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center first for a map and information. There are some really nice trails that take you around the Island. Big Pine is the largest of the Keys and the only one with year round fresh water, and so much different from all the other islands. The scruffy looking wilderness hides all manner of... More 

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Miami
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

On our way to Key West last January, we wanted to see Key Deer. We got off the main highway in the Big Pine Key and went driving around some side streets where there were vacation home. We stumbled across a Key Deer in someone's side yard. It seemed very tame. We got out of our car and slowly approached... More 

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Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

On recommendation of one of the tourist centers, opted to stop here hoping to get to see a key deer. Didn't get to see any but did see an alligator up close.

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Big Pine Key, home of several Endangered species. Because it is a wildlife sanctuary it can't be seriously developed so it is the most environmentally natural key. Nice nature trails, native wildlife, piece and quiet. Look for the very small Virginia White Tail deer, called Key Deer(we call them Horned Puppies), birds, endangered bunnys, alligators, butterflies, native climbing cactus, non-poisonous... More 

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Humboldt County, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

If you're used to seeing white-tail or big Mule deer, you will be shocked at just how small Key deer are. The visitor center is in a shopping mall in the Winn-Dixie parking lot just off Hwy 1, and from there they can direct you toward several options. On their advice we went first to the Blue Hole, as this... More 

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Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

What a delight to see these wonderful creatures, highly protected, drive SLOW. These deer need to be respected, it's hard to not hug them, they come right up to you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Do not feed the key deer. They are obviously used to being fed and will come right up to people and your car. We went to the end of big pine key to a long trail in the refuge and it was a killer in the heat but beautiful and worth it. We brought our dogs and saw a variety... More 

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Address: 28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510
Phone Number: 305 872-2239
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Big Pine Key

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