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“The deer are there - you just have to find them...”

National Key Deer Refuge
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.
Reviewed October 26, 2011

We've been to the Key Deer Refugee several times. Each time, we find the deer in different places. We've had luck on No Name Key (Watson Rd) - all the way to the dead end. Probably the best two spots were 1.) on Watson Rd (between Key Deer Blvd and the curve by Ave B) beside a house with a large yard or 2.) on Key Deer Blvd (all the way to the end) between Gulf and Kyle. There were a clump of trees with delicious leaves.

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Reviewed June 30, 2011

Friends were in town and we had to visit the No name pub for a fish sandwich and cold beer! After viewing the very expensive wall and cieling paper we strolled over the no name key bridge and caught a glimpse of tarpon, spotted eagle rays, manatees and giant sea turtles! Kayakers and paddleboarders were cruising out for the sunset and we came head to nose with a pair of Key Deer that were crossing the bridge from No Name Key to big Pine key. We saw the sunset from the bridge and as we turned eastward an orange moon popped from behind the low scudding clouds. We could see US1 3 miles to the south and the head + taillights of all the cars travelling to and from kew west and were so happy to enjoy the stars and solitude of the No Name Key bridge! I have lived here for 30 years and never had a more beautiful evening!

3  Thank BigPineKeyDogfish
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Reviewed January 27, 2011

We have started in visitor center (on the right corner of shopping plaza), then stopped by the blue hole - nice walk but not much to see (no birds, no aligators, just 2 lizzards). When we came to the end of the road we have used the tip "rattle bag" and it worked just perfect. There was a key deer in a few seconds by our car :) it was in the middle of the day. Very nice and sweet, my son loves it. We have ended our day fishing on the bridge to No name key - there is a shop just before the bridge and they sell bite for fishes and all you need :)) that was even better then key deers. We have enjoyed it both and even catched a few fishes.

1  Thank alice2669
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Reviewed August 13, 2010

Drive down to the end of the road into the preserve. There is a culdesac at the end just past a subdivision. Park there and get out of your car. At this point you are being watched by the deer. Rattle a bag or crunch a water bottle and then get the cameras ready. Within seconds 4 to 10 deer will come up to you wanting to be fed. Don't feed them, it's a federal offense! Take lots of photos and leave nothing but foot prints.

3  Thank OrlandoNative
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Reviewed April 23, 2010

There are lots of back roads and walking paths along the roads, but not much to see except the same swamp and trees mile after mile. We did manage to see one Key Deer, and we saw an alligator at the one place we found where you could follow a trail off the main road. But otherwise it wasn't really worth the time.

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