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National Key Deer Refuge

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Address: 28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
Phone Number: +1 305-872-2239
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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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Great as a detour

We took the wrong Road looking for the information centre and had already seen three Key deer, one male, before turning around to get back to the centre. We then drove the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
gwen k
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the wrong Road looking for the information centre and had already seen three Key deer, one male, before turning around to get back to the centre. We then drove the correct way and spotted one more. We stopped and did an established walking trail and the first spotted more but nothing at the second. All in all, a... More 

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Thank gwen k
Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped on our way from Miami to Key West hoping to see Key Deer, but no such luck. It was early afternoon and a person there said early or late in day is better. We visited the blue pond in hopes of seeing the alligators. Again no luck. We did see some turtles and had a nice break from... More 

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Thank William D
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These small deer are relatively easy to see in the Big Pine Key area, especially on the roads down towards No Name Key. Indeed, you regularly see them wandering around people's gardens; usually alone but sometimes in small groups. They are obviously used to humans, so it is no problem getting photographs of them, if that is what you wish.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great opportunity to see loads of deer in their natural environment well worth the visit. Parts a bit marshy so good walking gear & waders needed worth the effort esp if you enjoy wildlife & natural environments

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On Big Pine Key, there is a National Key Deer Refuge Reception Center. Everyone there is very helpful and give you a map to areas of interest. They also provide a history of the area and other wildlife on the Key. The funniest thing I saw at the receoption center was a rooster walking up the walkway and passing back... More 

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Thank Christine H
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove to the Refuge and spoke with a couple of rangers. They advised us to head on up the road and over to No Name Key to spot these little key deer. Pease be cautious and drive slow, as they are not timid deer and will casually walk across the road without fear. There are a few spots to... More 

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Kazan, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is amazing! Definitely would move there! Key deers are so sweet and friendly,you can't find them anywhere else.

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Thank kasya2003
St. Pete Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The key deer are enchanting, and you can't find them anywhere else. They'll walk right up to you. It's tempting to pet them, but it's illegal.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You are guaranteed to see some sweet little Key deer. They are usually out somewhere, sometimes in the middle of the road. Worth a drive out to enjoy the endangered deer and their habitat.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

The Key Deer were hiding today but we still enjoyed the Blue Hole area. Albino catfish, soft shell turtle and gator!

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