Blue Hole

Blue Hole, Big Pine Key: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Blue Hole Reviews: 4/5

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Key deer, alligators and fish gather at this watering hole, formerly a limestone quarry, where fresh water is layered over salt water.
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Michael C
Cape Coral, FL29 contributions
Not worth the time
Jul 2021 • Couples
Barely a dot on the map. Not worth the gas to go see. Very little effort has been put in this park. The platform is no more than a deck that most people have overlooking their own pond at home. With small effort and may be a raised platform it might be worth a time to visit. Save your energy and your money
Written July 30, 2021
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EAL17
Maryville, TN140 contributions
Quick Natural Attraction Stop and Free
May 2021
We stayed in the lower keys on Cudjoe, and we're looking for some more natural activities other than the beach. Blue Hole was easy to find with the GPS and worth the stop. Set in the Key Deer National Refuge (the visitor center for that on Big Pine is still closed for some reason...) keep your eyes open for deer. Best chance to see them is in the morning or evening. Blue Hole is free to see (a nice change from everything else in the Keys). There are several interpretive signs to read. A SHORT trail skims partly around the hole. We saw several species of fish, a water bird, and a pair of alligators that were just hanging out below the observation platform. We stayed about half an hour, the kids were fascinated by the alligators. Even logged a geocache. For nature lovers I also recommend the trail at Curry Hammock State Park. About a mile south from the official park entrance there is a parking lot and access to the trail- no cost (since you don't enter the park's main entrance).
Written June 1, 2021
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Tony G
8 contributions
Old Memories
May 2021
Blue hole still a very beautiful place, not the same as when I was a kid. Blue hole is where we discovered Volkswagens to float. Remember I was a kid
Written May 12, 2021
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CaptainMHB
Marathon, FL334 contributions
Nice Piece Of Nature....
Apr 2021
Living in Big Pine about a half mile from the Blue Hole, it's a regular stop on daily walks with the dogs. Nice abundance of natural plant and wildlife.

Always a gator or two near the observation deck.

Well worth time to take a nice walk.
Written April 18, 2021
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Bill R
Tampa, FL430 contributions
Worth The Drive
Jan 2021
Interesting little park that was once's quarry. Easy parking, short walk to pool. Saw an alligator, birds, and interesting flora. Just a couple miles off US 1.
Written January 10, 2021
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Joan W
Saratoga Springs, NY870 contributions
Beautiful
Jan 2021
You'll never know what you may come across while walking around Blue Hole-key deer, beautiful birds, marine life. A wonderful experience.
Written January 6, 2021
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sakflva
Arlington, VA667 contributions
Easy walk and saw alligators
Dec 2020 • Family
This is one of the few places in the keys with fresh water. There is a viewing platform with some binoculars. We saw an alligator sunning itself on a rock.
Written December 24, 2020
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Leah R
Ohio97 contributions
Quiet
Nov 2020 • Couples
The place is slightly tricky to find. I saw a bunch of deer, just going through the neighborhoods. I think it was best to go right before dusk. They were so cute, and definitely not shy!! The key deer are a unique species, and I totally enjoyed watching them!! At the pond I did see several turtles, fish, and 1 alligator on the observation platform.
Written December 22, 2020
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Lkmann
Vine Grove, KY183 contributions
Cool History & Wildlife
Nov 2020
If you have time to jump off of the beaten path, definitely stop here. If you don't have time, don't fret. We did enjoy the quick walk. It will only take about 15 minutes to walk the whole path, depending on whether you see wildlife that you stop and view and photograph.
Written December 6, 2020
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katmai8
Lawrence, KS273 contributions
Wildlife on an easy walk
Nov 2020
Wildlife viewing opportunity for all and a good spot to take those who may not be hikers. We saw an alligator, anhinga, turtles, and lots of fish that were new to us. The highlight was learning from a birder that there were two rare Caribbean birds to see and we did, right by the parking area! The background story about the combination of fresh water layer and saltwater layer was interesting.
Written December 5, 2020
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