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National Key Deer Refuge

#2 of 26 things to do in Big Pine Key Features Animals
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
+1 305-872-2239
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Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
+1 305-872-2239
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were on our way to No Name pub which is located in this refuge. Loved seeing all the deer which are just so cute. After we came out of the pub there was one wandering around in their parking area eating leaves. We held...More

Thank Catania41
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent walking trails. Watch out for deer flies. Deer are finicky and elusive so you must be very quiet. Bring plenty of water and bug spray.

Thank Nathan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So worth getting a chance to get a glance at these little fellow, they are so small compared to the Florida inland deer, glad we had a chance to see them while visiting key west

Thank KarenMOglesby
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although I have seen Key Deer from the main road, I suggest you turn north at the one traffic light and drive slowly through the neighborhoods of Big Pine Key. You are sure to see some cute Key Deer, especially early or late in the...More

1  Thank FDinger
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This obscure hard to find (in the shopping center) little gem is worth a stop. First, talk to one of the people who know where to find the Key Deer and where to go and what not to touch! Then visit the spots suggested.

1  Thank yellowpixels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly deer standing in people's yards outside the restaurants up and down the road drive safely and watch out for the cuties

Thank Travel242424
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our teenage girls enjoyed driving around and seeing the little deer. We saw more near Blue Hole. There, the small deer actually would just come right up to us. My daughter reached down and one came closer as if it wanted to be pet. I...More

Thank IslandGirlTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It takes just a few minutes to drive off the Overseas Highway to Big Pine Key to see the deer and it was well worth it. We saw several (20-30) in our short drive. They're very cute.

Thank Ohio Traveller
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We wanted to stop and see if we could spot any Key Deer while heading from Key West to Islamorada. The visitor center was kind of hard to find, but if you go into the Winn-Dixie and look near the end of the parking lot,...More

1  Thank Shawni_and_Buck
Reviewed June 8, 2017 via mobile

We drove around and stopped at blue hole. Saw lots of deer. Super pretty to look at. Went around 5-6 ish in the evening.

Thank Calicat06
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March 3, 2017|
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Response from Motorcyclebuds | Reviewed this property |
The best place to see the critters is past the Winn-Dixie grocery on Big Pine Key. Drive the roads slowly either early or late, and look for movement near the edges of cover.
March 3, 2017|
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Response from fishersgirl | Reviewed this property |
Turn off of the Overseas Highway onto Key Deer Blvd. On the right you will see a shopping plaza with a Winn Dixie. The Key Deer information center is across the parking lot from the grocery store. The best times for seeing... More
Susan D
December 17, 2016|
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Response from fishersgirl | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely 100%! Drive to the very end of Key Deer Blvd, it ends in a turn around - there are generally deer there. Then go down Kyle Blvd and drive slowly through the neighborhood - I have never not found there there. The... More