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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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A Must-See in the Florida Keys

Make sure you stop by the visitors' center. I never saw any deer, it being too much in the heat of the day, but there are beautiful wilderness areas and trails to check out, plus... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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St. Augustine, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We didn't find any deer in the refuge, but on the way out there's a strip mall. We drove behind it and someone from the Chinese restaurant was hand feeding a young buck and a larger buck was trying to eat something he scrounged out of the dumpster

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La Place
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Make sure you stop by the visitors' center. I never saw any deer, it being too much in the heat of the day, but there are beautiful wilderness areas and trails to check out, plus it's all free! RJT

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Deer were plentiful, males with velvet, females and spotted baby's. They were friendly and came close when we were taking pictures:)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved seeing all the deer out and about!! I can't wait to take my kids to see them! I would recommend to anyone!not too far out of the way, if you are on your way to key west!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Disappointing trip through the refuge on our way to Key West....followed the signs...haven't seen one yet! Don't waste your time.

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Bethpage, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Probably just too early in the day. Wet did go to the visitors center, where the staff was helpful and informative. I'd think going in the evening might get you an actual sighting.

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Plant City, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I enjoyed driving around to look at the native Key deer. You can get very close to them.

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Campobello, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 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 July 20, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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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