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National Key Deer Refuge

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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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“blue hole” (108 reviews)
“visitor center” (60 reviews)
“big pine” (36 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
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+1 305-872-2239
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Do not go here. Key deer are now starving as irma destroyed their food sources. Also they are endangered and should not be treated as if they are in a petting zoo. People kidnap them feed them deadly human food and refuge workers do nothing....More

Thank Mvine
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed driving through the area and viewing the deer. There were many right on the roadside. There was no cost to ride along the area.

Thank fgrayson
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The volunteers and refuge managers are most helpful. Guides regularly lead walks thru the refuge, bike rides, and even kayaking trips. Photographic and insect sessions, butterfly walks, as well as plant identification sessions are offered, in addition to Key Deer information sessions.

Thank mrsh20152015
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

The entire island of Big Pine Key is the National Wildlife Refuge for the Key Deer. There are a few also scattered in the keys south of Big Pine as far as Sugarloaf. When visiting, the best tactic is to drive to the end of...More

Thank PJ D
Reviewed 1 September 2017

The most important thing to remember when making this trip is to drive slow and be on the look- out for the deer. They are small and friendly. I visit every year with my dad and many times I don't see any but this year...More

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

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

1  Thank George H
Reviewed 11 August 2017

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 9 August 2017 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 9 August 2017 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 8 August 2017

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
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Pegasus39_11
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.
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Pegasus39_11
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
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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
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