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National Key Deer Refuge

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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“blue hole” (120 reviews)
“visitor center” (64 reviews)
“big pine” (39 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
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+1 305-872-2239
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"blue hole"
in 120 reviews
"visitor center"
in 64 reviews
"big pine"
in 39 reviews
"winn dixie"
in 17 reviews
"endangered species"
in 10 reviews
"drive slowly"
in 8 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 8 reviews
"refuge area"
in 7 reviews
"speed limit"
in 9 reviews
"drove down"
in 8 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 11 reviews
"overseas highway"
in 7 reviews
"fish"
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"dusk"
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"key"
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"wildlife"
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Reviewed yesterday

While I have seen more deer in the past near sunset, I was pleasantly surprised today when we went through the Key Deer Refuge and saw a couple deer early in the afternoon. Always worth the trip when in the Keys.

Thank Bruce M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were able to visit the refuge in April. This NWR is located along the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys near Big Pine Key. The refuge was established in 1957 to protect and preserve the Key deer and other wildlife resources...More

Thank BluegooseTraveler
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Reviewed May 18, 2018

We were in the area and ate a late lunch so were looking for something to do until the sun went down. You do not need to take a tour of this area - just set your GPS to go to the "No Name Bar"...More

1  Thank Mary Jo K
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Reviewed May 14, 2018 via mobile

The Welcome Center for the National Key Deer Refuge is tucked away in a corner of a shopping center just as you turn off of US-1 onto Key Deer Blvd. There is a wealth of information here regarding local wildlife. The Key Deer Bookstore is...More

Thank Glenn M
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Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

The only true hiking in the Florida Keys. If you are done with the crowds of Duval and party atmosphere, make your way to the Key Deer Refuge and enjoy serenity while you hike amongst the deer and pines. See one of the rarest mammals...More

1  Thank HippogriffSolutions
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Reviewed April 28, 2018

The deer seem to come out late afternoon. Saying that one deer visited the motel where we were staying. No fear of people

Thank jepawson
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Reviewed April 19, 2018

What a cool experience! We drove through the Refuge at about 4PM on a recent weekday. I was afraid we wouldn't see any deer as they were still recovering from the hurricane damage but not to worry. We drove slowly down the main road and...More

Thank jasgld
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

I stayed on Big Pine and was lucky enough to drive into Key Deer Refuge multiple times. The first day I came here I did not see any deer, but I drove past the Blue Hole and found some nice hiking spots. There are several...More

1  Thank BZimm08
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

We went to the blue hole obeservation hole and there was a volunteer with a ton of great information. If not for him it would have been a pretty bland trip. We didn't see a deer...sad face.

1  Thank Evan F
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Reviewed March 31, 2018

During our visit, we were only able to see one Key deer, but part of this could be due to the time of day (around Noon).

Thank publius358
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Pegasus39_11
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
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Pegasus39_11
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
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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
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