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National Key Deer Refuge

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Address: 28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
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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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It was nice having a guide at the Blue Hole who provided us with tips on observing wildlife. It's a very peaceful place to observe the deer. The downside is seeing how comfortable... read more

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Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It was nice having a guide at the Blue Hole who provided us with tips on observing wildlife. It's a very peaceful place to observe the deer. The downside is seeing how comfortable deer are near people. This can lead to their injury. Please NEVER touch or feed this endangered species. Simply observe from a distance.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the nature trails and weren't too impressed. We felt a little unsafe with signs along the path warning of snakes, vultures, etc. We didn't see any animals. Not even a butterfly

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visitor center is interesting, to see the deer you need to drive their recommended route, it's all free, yes, we saw any deer right on the roadside. They seemed to enjoy getting their pics taken.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visitor center was impossible to find with Google Maps! It's located in a shopping mall by a grocery store. Did a hike on the suggested trail, visited the Blue Hole and went to No Name Key. Saw the most deer on No Name. Obviously people are feeding the deer, they come up to cars looking for handouts. They are... More 

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Indiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove thru hoping to see a lot of the deer but only saw two, perhaps our timing wasn't good. If driving thru the Keys it's worth a visit though.

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Prince George, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Blue Hole and there were a bunch of noisy people there. Boo. We did see an alligator but no Key deer. Then we drove to the Nature Trails. We took the Jack Watson trail. WOW! We walked very quietly. We saw an adult Key deer and then we saw a fawn! They were munching on grass... More 

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Gloucester, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitor center is somewhat hidden in the winn Dixie shopping center so take a good look around or you'll miss it. Fun ridding down the road and seeing the Key Deer. Much smaller than what we are used too.

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Curtice, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great day with the family! The amount and diversity of life that exists in such harsh conditions is amazing. The Visitors Center is located in a strip mall but just stop in to get a map and ask the volunteer to point out the trails, even those that aren't on the map. They are rather exposed so be ready... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Driving down the Keys, I knew I wanted to stop and see the little Key Deer. They pretty much have free reign of Big Pine Key, so you have to drive careful (there are strict speed limits) to protect the severely endangered deer (there are less than 1,000 of them in the world - all of them right there in... More 

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brighton, tn
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here to see the key deer. They run loose all through the town. We found a road near the No Name Pub and found numerous deer on the roadway. They are so tame they came right up to my window.

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