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National Key Deer Refuge

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Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
+1 305-872-2239
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The key deer are interesting to see. Much smaller than most other deer some are only about two feet tall. This refuge covers the whole island so you just have to drive around and watch for the deer. They usually travel in small groups so...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We saw quite a few deer, and they aren’t too camera shy. I’m glad they have the instincts to survive the hurricane. They were so cute.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank SoccerChickOKC
Reviewed May 26, 2019

Do not miss Big Pine Key and the adorable Key Deer! We went to the Refuge Visitor's Center first to get the scoop on what and where to see. We then drove up Key Deer Blvd to Blue Hole. This was worth the stop! Very...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank jamb28
Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

Drove through to preserve while showing some friends the area, saw lots of deer browsing in peoples yards, this is very cool

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Bill N
Reviewed May 1, 2019

These tiny deer are frequently seen here. They have no natural predators, so are fearless and will walk right up to you. However, since they’re so I afraid they get hit by cars frequently. The refuge teaches all about them and what humans can do...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank heimer2015
Reviewed April 28, 2019

The Key Deer are absolutely adorable! They are timid but may approach. Laws are enforced and rightfully so-no feeding/petting/touching/etc. Just look at these little gifts from heaven.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Joan W
Reviewed April 17, 2019

We drove around Big Pine Key on paved and unpaved roads as the Refuge covers most of the island. We saw several deer in their natural habitat along the the road eating or just staring back at us. They are about waist high. We stopped...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ann622
Reviewed April 17, 2019

We stopped here on the way home from Key West and saw a key deer on the corner near the visitor center. It looked like Bambi. The visitor center was closed though. Later we drove around the refuge to the Blue Hole and surrounding neighborhoods...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank jamusaba
Reviewed April 16, 2019 via mobile

Went before the beach. Go see the visitor’s center. Super friendly volunteers. Saw several key deer, especially around blue hole.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Kevinandanna
Reviewed April 4, 2019

We went to Blue Hole by following the signs on Key Deer Boulevard. After parking, it is a short walk to the left to Blue Hole. Right under the viewing platform were two large alligators. We were disappointed to not see any deer but when...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Debbie P
June 14, 2019|
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Response from jbrenz | Reviewed this property |
The refuge is basically just Key Deer Boulevard in Big Pine Key. You can drive down the road and see them out and about. Or you can do a tour, with Up the Keys Tours 305.587.5575 and learn all about the Key deer, their... More
March 3, 2017|
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Response from Jerry S | Reviewed this property |
I laughed when I read your question because I thought the same as you. I was expecting a fenced in area where the deer were present. The whole Key, along with No Name Key are the preserve. As others have said, stop at the... More
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