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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
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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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Saw Key Deer, Turtles, Birds & Sally-Gator

Visited both the visitor center and the Blue Hole. There were volunteers at both locations who were friendly and helpful. They were very knowledgeable and anxious to share... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited both the visitor center and the Blue Hole. There were volunteers at both locations who were friendly and helpful. They were very knowledgeable and anxious to share their experience. On the way to the Blue Hole we saw 2 key deer; at the hole we saw several turtles and birds and also an alligator the volunteer said was "Sally".... More 

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Thank IA-bolledudes
Big Pine Key, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to visit to see what the natural environment of the Lower Florida Keys has to offer. Great information on the Key Deer. I often take visitors here before a visit to the Blue Hole.

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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in the late morning, yet saw three of the little Key Deer (one each in three different places in the Refuge)--fun! We also stopped at the Blue Hole, where we saw an alligator and a large iguana. Nearby there are a couple of walking trails--with frequent signs/information about the terrain, flora, etc. No shade--wear a hat! All together,... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are at all interested in nature and interesting wildlife, it's worth a stop at the National Key Deer Refuge. It is a quick stop and you might learn something! Start by checking out the Visitor Center. It's a storefront in a strip mall. Easy to get in and out. They have restrooms, which is handy when you've been... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A rare and fragile environment, where fresh water amazingly provides for animals in an otherwise saltwater area. Two foot tall deer are not always easy to find, but many animals can be seen on the nature walks, as well as plant life.

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Thank Jane V
Big Pine Key, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These deer are very friendly. You need to go very slow in the area. They are a protected animal here in Big pine key.

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Middletown, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove around the Refuge and saw several of the Key Deer. It would be a great place for children because the deer are very tame.

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Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, even though we walked the entire trail, and even wandered down an "unauthorized" trail, we only saw a couple sets of deer tracks...not one deer. Most likely this was due to the time of day we went. Think early in the morning or just before dusk would be much better. We would try again, however, if we're driving down... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Do this with other opportunities. We have seen these diminutive deer each time we have visited. There is a shopping plaza nearby, good restaurants and the weekend flea market. Plenty for a day or two of fun.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stop in at the National Key Deer refuge center for a brief 15 minute visit to learn about these small deer unique to the Keys. It's at the end of a small strip center so easy to miss. Follow the signs from the Overseas Highway. The rangers are friendly and very informative. Back in the car or on your bike... More 

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