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National Key Deer Refuge

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Address: 28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510
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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So Peaceful

We stay for a week in Big Pine every year, and we absolutely love it. The house we rent backs right up to the National Key Deer Refuge, and it is so peaceful and quiet. Our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
AABurnett
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Campobello, South Carolina
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Campobello, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stay for a week in Big Pine every year, and we absolutely love it. The house we rent backs right up to the National Key Deer Refuge, and it is so peaceful and quiet. Our favorite time of day is at dusk when the Key Deer come out. We love to sit on the porch and watch them! Great... More 

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Blackwood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

These deer are the coolest things. The deer we have back home are a good sized animal. these are the size of a large dog! Big tip - look for them at dinner time in the neighborhood near no-name key.

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Thank Bob F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The visitors center has a lot of artifacts for you to see and touch. Then you can go into the refuge and walk trails and maybe see the key deer.

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Thank Jason F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love outdoors and looking at wildlife. Definitely stop by the Key Deer refuge visitors center in the Winn Dixie parking lot to talk to the staff and figure out when the deer are the most active and get a map of the place. We saw them everywhere when we went at the right time. It was cool to see... More 

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Stevensville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These endangered deer seem to be everywhere. We enjoyed driving and seeing these deer in their natural and not so natural habitat. They obviously are used to people because they are in yards and driveways throughout Big Pine Key.

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Thank Debbie41388
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice drive around Big Pine Key to see the Key Deer. There is also an information center there in a shopping center that was very informative. The deer are very small and adorable! Once you figure out what you're looking for, they're easy to spot all along the roads.

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Key Deer are something of a biological phenomenon for their short height and stature compared to a typical white-tailed deer. They are all over Big Pine Key and just driving down the road you are bound to see them foraging off to the side. Often times they have been fed or given food by humans so they are very... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

as they should be protected! Sweet little deer! They are very small. And this is the only place in the country they can be found!

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Thank SherryL2
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Key Deer. They're like deer, only smaller! Every wonder what a lab would look like with antlers taped on its head? Fun fact: newborn Key Deer are the size of cats. These are endangered, entirely unique and really cool to see.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this park to be very clean. The deer come within a few feet of you. Great place to bring young children

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