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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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Tiny deer

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... read more

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

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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Valdosta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

The refuge is a great spot to stop and look for some wildlife. While the Key Deer are the main attraction here, you can also spot some other wildlife such as alligators and ospreys along one of the nature trails. Head over to No Name Key to get a better chance of spotting the deer due to it being primarily... More 

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Fort Lauderdale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is a great little nature side trip. Is it wow so exciting? No. Will deer be all over the place climbing all over you? Well maybe. I've been down there a few times and always make this a stop. The deer are cute and not afraid of you or the cars so be careful. Do not feed them. They... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

Whatever u do, drive slow and do not feed the deer. We have seen key deer twice in May on Hibiscus Lane. Do not be a nuisance to homeowners.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We were looking for an "official visitor center" but never found one. We did see about 6 deer just as we were driving along the road - and it was around 3pm! Saw a mom with 2 fawns, some bucks and a couple others. We walked on some trails but didn't see anything there, maybe we were too loud? It... More 

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Hanford, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Love the tiny deer. They are so cute! If you drive down key deer Boulevard you will see a key deer. Definitely worth a side trip for.

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Norcross, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

we saw 10 key deer - pretty unusual. We were out and about after a brief rain storm and the deer were eating seeds which the storm had knocked out of the trees. we were able to drive right up next to the deer and watch them eating.

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Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

What fun to see the Key Deer. We saw a group of about 8 and stopped to watch them. When they saw us watching them they immediately came running over to the car - probably looking for a hand out which they didn't get from us. Fun to see the small deer.

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Address: 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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