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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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+1 305-872-2239
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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Tiny Woodland Friends

In the Flordia Keys after crossing over 47 or 57 bridges to get to Key West from Homestead you will begin to see the ground as barren, wild flowers, an scrub pine and seedlings... read more

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Fort Myers, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

In the Flordia Keys after crossing over 47 or 57 bridges to get to Key West from Homestead you will begin to see the ground as barren, wild flowers, an scrub pine and seedlings. This makes it really tough for the deer to grow to any size. Originally brought to the Keys by a land owner to hunt. Now the... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

During our numerous visits to the Florida Keys we have had the best luck to view Key Deer if we ventured west on Key Deer Blvd. on Big Pine Key. (By the Winn Dixie shopping center.) The deer are only found in this area of the Florida Keys and no where else in the world. You may find some of... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stay on Big Pine during January and see these little deer all the time, mainly morning and evening. Not really an attraction and you have to watch out for them. Since it is a federal preserve follow the speed limit as speeding fines are hefty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We turned into the National Key Deer Refuge and it didnt take 3 minutes to see our first deer. They are so cute and so little and they blend in so well with the flora that they blend in so easily. Be sure to follow the 35 mph speed limit so that you don't hit one of the deer. Be... More 

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Jacksonville Beach, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the National Key Deer Refuge Center and the people there were so informational. They gave us a very good explanation of the key deer and the bathroom facilities were very clean. However, once we made it to the actual hiking trails, we did not see any key deer. We ended up going by "No Name Bar" and... More 

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Liberty, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you make the side trip of Hwy 1 for this. We took one of the smaller gravel roads once we got onto Big Pine Key and almost immediately saw two Key Deer. Stopped by the Blue Hole and saw the iguanas and alligators that hang out under one of the viewing platforms. We drove the outskirts of the... More 

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Fall Creek, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice short scenic drive with a lot of heron and ospreys. Also saw three key deer in the morning. Don't forget to stop by blue hole; it's a must see for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Lewes Beach, Delaware, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

NIce motorcycle ride through the refuge. Saw quite alot of deer during our ride. Did see people out of their cars approching deer which is a big no no.

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Big Pine key is the home of the Key deer. These deer are small and cute. We were fortunate to see several of the key deer; however, you are not permitted to feed or pet them. The ones we saw made our trip to National Key Deer Refuge a very fun experience. In addition to the deer, we stopped at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

We took the wrong Road looking for the information centre and had already seen three Key deer, one male, before turning around to get back to the centre. We then drove the correct way and spotted one more. We stopped and did an established walking trail and the first spotted more but nothing at the second. All in all, a... More 

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