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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%
Travellers talk about
“blue hole” (117 reviews)
“visitor center” (63 reviews)
“big pine” (39 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
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+1 305-872-2239
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"blue hole"
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"visitor center"
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"big pine"
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"winn dixie"
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"endangered species"
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"drive slowly"
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"drive carefully"
in 6 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 8 reviews
"refuge area"
in 7 reviews
"speed limit"
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"drove down"
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"worth a stop"
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"overseas highway"
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"fish"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What a cool experience! We drove through the Refuge at about 4PM on a recent weekday. I was afraid we wouldn't see any deer as they were still recovering from the hurricane damage but not to worry. We drove slowly down the main road and...More

Thank jasgld
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed on Big Pine and was lucky enough to drive into Key Deer Refuge multiple times. The first day I came here I did not see any deer, but I drove past the Blue Hole and found some nice hiking spots. There are several...More

Thank BZimm08
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to the blue hole obeservation hole and there was a volunteer with a ton of great information. If not for him it would have been a pretty bland trip. We didn't see a deer...sad face.

1  Thank Evan F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our visit, we were only able to see one Key deer, but part of this could be due to the time of day (around Noon).

Thank publius358
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good time seeing key deer. We saw stupid people feeding them and petting them, which is illegal and stupid because then they try to go towards cars for food and die. If you throughly explore the area and head toward no name...More

Thank Caleb R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While we didn't see any key deer here, we saw some in the neighborhood around it! This is a nice place to walk around, a short walk, and little signs here and there that explain history and the vegetation.

1  Thank msmeyer
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Drive slowly and park and take a nature walk. You don’t want to miss this little slice of heaven! The key deer are endangered so don’t feed them ( it’s illegal ) and help conserve the area for the future!

Thank Kathleen R
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Definitely go to the key deer refuge center before traveling to the actual refuge itself. It is in the Winn Dixie shopping center. The people there are very knowledgeable and helpful. We went to visit the Blue Hole. We saw an alligator but no deer....More

Thank Julie b
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

This was a nice little hike-it was hot though. We went about 10:30 am so we only saw one deer, laying under a tree. It was something unique to do on the islands.

Thank kellynne18
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

On our way to the refuge we stopped to pet a deer that was by the side of the road. This has a "hole" of fresh water. We saw 2 alligators also. There is a nice short trail to the water.

Thank Lynn C
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Pegasus39_11
3 March 2017|
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Response from Jerry S | Reviewed this property |
I laughed when I read your question because I thought the same as you. I was expecting a fenced in area where the deer were present. The whole Key, along with No Name Key are the preserve. As others have said, stop at the... More
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Pegasus39_11
3 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
17 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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