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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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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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I am told the Key deer roam even in the parking lots and are readily found but we had to do a little work to find some. It was worth the effort as they are very cute and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Clemson, SC
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Clemson, SC
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I am told the Key deer roam even in the parking lots and are readily found but we had to do a little work to find some. It was worth the effort as they are very cute and friendly. Do NOT feed them, be patient and they will approach you in their own time. Also be careful driving on the... More 

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Milton, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Read about the Big Pine Key deer refuge and decided to check it out after a nice early dinner at Boondocks. Coming from a state (Vermont) where there are alot of deer, I knew trying to view / observe them at dawn or dusk would be the best time. I also read / heard from locals that "No Name" key... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So just to clarify, this isn't actually its own place. The "refuge" is a designated area the key deer inhabit. The volunteers at the visitors center were excellent and very knowledgeable. They gave us a map with a couple roads to drive down where we saw a few key deer in someone's front yard. We did the 2 trails and... More 

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Thank lilyep125
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't ride through the refuge this time but deer are seen just by driving down the main roads. Beautiful! We visited the educational center in the shopping center! Tons of information for all ages and a gift shop! A map of the world so u can "pin" where u are from..Marylanders don't even try... too many pins lol. Knowledgeable... More 

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Lincoln, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were slowly driving around a residential area of Deer Key and spotted these two. I love deer and it was great seeing them roaming around and eating.

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Kissimmee, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to No Name key several times to see the small dear. This has always been a treat and today's trip was no different. We stopped on the road and six small deer came up to our car, I believe looking for food. We did not feed them but took several beautiful pictures of these cute deer. If... More 

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Thank tl4804
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Key Deer Refuge didn't take a lot of time to explore but we were richly rewarded. We encountered several of the small creatures near the Blue Hole trail. We did not see any alligators or crocodiles but there was a turtle and a variety of fish visible in lake. Nicely laid out and marked. The location is just a... More 

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Thank Randy S
Meridianville, Alabama
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

We loved the walking trails for this area but saw no deer. It was a good way to enjoy the day walking through the vegetation and seeing all the trees/flowers etc.

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Cincinnati
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We visited this location during our visit. What we could determine is the refuge is not like a park you can turn off the road into. What we did is turn off the high way to the west and drive up and down streets. We saw 6 deer in all, with one of them being a buck. Be careful driving... More 

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Thank Susan E
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

OK, so the refuge visitor center is in a strip mall which admittedly made me feel suspicious of the whole track-tiny-endangered-deer escapade. But holy cow! I mean, tiny-endangered-deer; by golly, we saw some! We headed to the end of Key Deer Boulevard and ventured onto an unmarked path. Afraid to get lost, we turned around, and saw tiny cloven hoof... More 

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