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Address: Key Deer Boulevard, Off U.S. 1, Mile Marker 30, Big Pine Key, FL
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Key deer, alligators and fish gather at this watering hole, formerly a...

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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Nice Spot

This is a nice spot for a quick stop. We saw a couple of gators, a few turtles and some birds. The deer we saw weren't in this area, we saw them coming out of the woods down the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chris A
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Bucyrus, Ohio
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A good place to stretch your legs. NO FACILITIES. Short path around the pond. Did get to see some alligators. That's about it.

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Toledo, Ohio
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A quaint place to visit and see the gators on Big Pine key and turtles and fish. A short walking trail goes part way around. It doesn't take much time but interesting.

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Marathon, Florida, United States
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a place where you can view alligators, fresh water turtles and fresh water fish from a raised observation deck. Quite a novelty on an island surrounded by 2 oceans (the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf Of Mexico on the other) with no other natural source of freshwater. It's interesting, but as I mentioned in the title,... More 

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Ramrod Key, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice side trip from grocery shopping at Winn Dixie to try to see an alligator. We always take new visitors here and it takes less that 30 minutes to complete. If the alligators are out, they are usually near the pier.

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Defiance, Ohio
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We made the short hike to the Blue Hole in December. Got to see the gators, turtles and a few of the freshwater fish in the pond. Nice for a quick stop, trail was gentle and easy to navigate. Was not busy what-so-ever,

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Indy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to get a map as locations aren't well marked in this National Park. The blue hole looks just like a quick pull over but it is a nice little 1/2 mile walk. Lots of wildlife but don't go swimming in the water hole

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Jacksonville Beach, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the five minute walk to Blue Hole in the National Key Deer Refuge and the view was pretty. We did not see any animals but there were a ton of dragonflies.

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Fall Creek, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Blue Hole is a hidden gem away from all of the hustle and bustle. Beautiful place to take in the scenery and see wildlife. We went in the morning and saw both gators, a snake, key deer, turtles and beautiful fish! Volunteer from upstate New York was very informative and full of knowledge.

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Thank wangelrenee
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice spot for a quick stop. We saw a couple of gators, a few turtles and some birds. The deer we saw weren't in this area, we saw them coming out of the woods down the road. The trails only add up to a kilometre or two, so this isn't a place for a real hike.

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Thank Chris A
Independence, Missouri
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this when we were trying to spot the elusive Key Deer. The person at the actual site was very friendly and very knowledgeable. After telling us about the Blue Hole he shared a lot of info about the area. He also gave us pretty good directions to No Name Pub where we intended to have lunch but heard it... More 

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