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National Key Deer Refuge

#2 of 26 things to do in Big Pine Key Features Animals
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
+1 305-872-2239
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Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
+1 305-872-2239
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard about the key deer, but we really weren't 'tuned in' until we saw the signs in Big Pine Key warning everyone to drive slowly and carefully. Not long after we saw the first sign, we had our first encounter...one ran across the...More

Thank George H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must top place while in the Keys; the Key deer are easy to spot since they graze so close to the road and are not afraid of humans. Also, stop at the visitor center in Marathon and get the full info on the refuge.

Thank Previa1994
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love our key deer here on Big Pine Key. The deer are very curious of you and come right up to you! We ask that you do not feed our deer.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During our trip to Key west we stopped along the way to see the key deer. We missed the welcome center so it was a little more difficult to find but once we did it was great! We took a stroll along the trail and...More

Thank Susanskor
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked and were lucky enough to see a Key Deer. It was in the bushes and maybe 5 feet from us. So beautiful!

Thank earsropen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well tended and marked trails show off the habitat well. Lots of bird life and turtles around the pond. Good opportunities to encounter deer especially early and late. If all else fails, there are deer in the residential neighborhoods just a bit further down the...More

Thank fred200099
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The key deer are just amazing! They are tame, tiny creatures who capture your full attention.the refuge is a think Mangrove Forest

Thank Margaret W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went not expecting to see key deer at all and easily found several. We were able to get within 3 feet of these animals. The visitor center was a great help

Thank turleyscott
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We were on our way to No Name pub which is located in this refuge. Loved seeing all the deer which are just so cute. After we came out of the pub there was one wandering around in their parking area eating leaves. We held...More

1  Thank Catania41
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Excellent walking trails. Watch out for deer flies. Deer are finicky and elusive so you must be very quiet. Bring plenty of water and bug spray.

Thank Nathan C
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4 March 2017|
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Response from Motorcyclebuds | Reviewed this property |
The best place to see the critters is past the Winn-Dixie grocery on Big Pine Key. Drive the roads slowly either early or late, and look for movement near the edges of cover.
4 March 2017|
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Response from fishersgirl | Reviewed this property |
Turn off of the Overseas Highway onto Key Deer Blvd. On the right you will see a shopping plaza with a Winn Dixie. The Key Deer information center is across the parking lot from the grocery store. The best times for seeing... More
Susan D
18 December 2016|
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Response from fishersgirl | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely 100%! Drive to the very end of Key Deer Blvd, it ends in a turn around - there are generally deer there. Then go down Kyle Blvd and drive slowly through the neighborhood - I have never not found there there. The... More