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National Key Deer Refuge

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Address: 28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
Phone Number: 305 872-2239
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.

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Went to the Blue Hole to look for Key Deer. We saw one who had been attacked and killed by a gator, which wasn't pleasant but sadly, it's nature. Walked the path around the Blue... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Lisa D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to the Blue Hole to look for Key Deer. We saw one who had been attacked and killed by a gator, which wasn't pleasant but sadly, it's nature. Walked the path around the Blue Hole and saw several turtles and iguanas but no living deer (or surprisingly, gators!). Would definitely return, maybe in winter. The trail at Blue Hole... More 

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Thank Lisa D
New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are 800 Key Deer on the islands of Big Pine and No Name Key and you cannot go anywhere on these islands without encountering the sweetest animals God has every let run free.

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Thank Bob M
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw 3 Key deer up close right at the entrance to a little park area called the Blue Hole. They seem to be used to humans.

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Miami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a lot of great trails. You have to visit early in the morning or late afternoon to get to see a lot of the deers and wild life. When the sun is too strong the deers are not out.

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Palmetto, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to the area a few times and this was my first visit to this preserve. Syopped at the Blue Hole and spotted a deer foraging. Will make this a repeat location when I return to the area

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The two people in the refuge area were great...extremely helpful and passionate what they were doing. Got to see Key deer, the alligator, and the albino catfish at blue hole! Great stop!

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It helps to know a few things before going here and I've tried to capture them all below. I personally loved this stop along The Keys. If you love animals, do take the time to stop. Things to know: - Deer Key Refuge is the Key. It is not a park or gated entrance. People live here and businesses are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Key deer are gregarious. We saw two just walking along the road. Fun to see wildlife in its habitat.

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Lauderhill, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Make sure you stop at the visitors center in the shopping center for information and a map, and then keep your eyes open! We saw a buck walking along the side of the road, and 2 does in someones back yard! Nice stop on the way down to the Keys.

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Estero, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stop by the visitor's center to get information on the refuge and learn that there is more than just deer. The place also has books and some gift items as well. It is located in the same shopping center as Winn-Dixie (visitor center on opposite end of parking from Winn-Dixie). The folks there were very friendly and helpful. We took... More 

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