Blue Hole
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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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Kris B.
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The path around the Blue Hole is short, but there was a volunteer at the viewing platform who was helpful and very informative. She pointed out several animal she had spotted and identified some of the local trees and shrubs for us. The alligator made an appearance much to the delight of a little boy beside us.
Written February 9, 2020
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theoljohnnyboy
New Florence, PA1,525 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We stooped on our way out from Key West on the off chance that we might see the gators. We didn't see them, but were told that when it is around four pm they like to come out. It was close to hwy 1 and gave us a chance to stretch our legs. No restroom facilities available. No fees collected.
Written March 30, 2022
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Bonnie O
Saint Cloud, MN41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
A great, quick stop. On the road ro the Blue Hole, take your time and be watchful. We saw several Key Deer, some feeding along the road, some in yards, and some jotting out across the road. When at the Blue Hole observing platform, take your time. One alligator was off to the right in the weeds, could only see the eyes. After about 10 minutes, he swam over directly below the platform. Perhaps our bright green colored shirts attracted him and then he stayed there for a long time. Watch the waters for the gar fish and another large fish we couldn't identify. A night heron also sat on a branch nearby waiting for a snack.
Written February 1, 2022
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Carmen T
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
This is just a great little spot to come out and see some wildlife. We really enjoy seeing the alligators.
We are from Canada so we don’t get to see this type of wildlife.
My wife really enjoys seeing the key deer and even the peacocks in the area.
Even a small red dragonfly was very cool as I’ve never seen one this colour.
Written January 12, 2023
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Lkmann
Vine Grove, KY218 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,331 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
I think it’s more a swampy pea soup green. I don’t believe it ever is ‘blue’. There are two alligators in residence and we saw both of them. Evidently, they hang out by the overlook because people feed them and now they’ve become mooches. Not cool. Very informative gentleman pointed out different birds and answered questions. If you are driving by, stop in to see the gators - just don’t feed them!
Written February 13, 2020
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Michael C
Cape Coral, FL55 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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nicholebowers
Stamford, Connecticut69 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
An easy stop if you're in the area. We saw key deer on the side of the road to/from and two alligators swimming in the "Blue Hole." It's a very small area to walk around, we spent about 20 minutes observing the alligators, fish and a turtle, did a quick walk to the opposite side, then were on our way.

Nice boards at the entrance explained local wildlife. It was also very cool to see alligators so close.
Written February 18, 2022
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Trip597356
West Chester, OH350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Great place to see wildlife on Big Pine Key! Go in the morning or evening… you’ll see more wildlife and it will be cooler. We saw a huge tarpon and two huge gators in the pond, along with some anhinga and lots of lizards and iguana. Great for our 7 year old boy who is in love with nature.
Written March 18, 2022
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Joan W
Saratoga Springs, NY863 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A wonderful learning experience that was free! Jane, a volunteer pointed out different birds, the history of the area and an alligator resting beneath the landing. She was terrific!
The trails were well defined with information signs along the way.
An excellent experience for the whole family.
Written February 8, 2024
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