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“Headquarters in the shopping mall, start there”

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.
Wilton, California
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1,349 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 793 helpful votes
“Headquarters in the shopping mall, start there”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

We were very impressed with the artifacts and knowledge contained in this storefront headquarters. The Ranger was hugely helpful on places to stop and see the deer and other roads to check, also noting what other wildlife we may encounter. With his map and new information we went to the blue hole area and walked the trails around the water. It was bright daylight and we didn't see any deer there, but saw two alligators basking in the reeds and on a rock. Beautiful foliage. The one deer we did see was on our drive down towards the lower keys behind the mesh fencing where they need to be. The deaths of these unique and endangered deer are down from last year but still a staggering 125 have been killed this year. A great place to influence young children of the value of all nature.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank ruthandvern
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Tamarac, Florida
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“so very cute”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

Key Deer are every where, they will come right up to you, but don't feed them...A great experience for children and adults

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Janie J
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Forest Lake, Minnesota
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58 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fun for whole family!”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

What a sight to see herds of these little Key Deer ! They roam freely on Big Pine Key - drive carefully so as not to miss seeing them/or to hit them. Especially fun for the kids - you can get fairly close and get a good look - a nice quiet experience! We always see plenty of them as we make our way to No Name Pizza/Pub!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Kathy S
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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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246 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Always deer to see..”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Just drive west from the light... at the first stop sign turn right to the end. Drive through the neighborhoods and the deer will be there eating peoples lawns, flowers and gardens. Pretty little deer.. Not very afraid of people because the island is a reserve.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank islandjerr
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Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Come see the minature deer”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The National Key Deer Refuge is a place where deer will walk right up to you. In addition to the deer, the bird population is incredible. During the fall, you have the chance to see Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, Ospreys and Vultures. It's quite a unique place and pretty family friendly. Be sure to stop into the shopping plaza and hit the Refuge Office. They've got a small display and information about the refuge and some of it's history. They've also got a gift shop. If you are on Big Pine Key, it's worth a stop.

Visited November 2013
2 Thank BonefishZen
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