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National Key Deer Refuge

#2 of 26 things to do in Big Pine Key Features Animals
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
+1 305-872-2239
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was nice having a guide at the Blue Hole who provided us with tips on observing wildlife. It's a very peaceful place to observe the deer. The downside is seeing how comfortable deer are near people. This can lead to their injury. Please NEVER...More

Thank netgeek
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the nature trails and weren't too impressed. We felt a little unsafe with signs along the path warning of snakes, vultures, etc. We didn't see any animals. Not even a butterfly

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visitor center is interesting, to see the deer you need to drive their recommended route, it's all free, yes, we saw any deer right on the roadside. They seemed to enjoy getting their pics taken.

Thank Dean G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visitor center was impossible to find with Google Maps! It's located in a shopping mall by a grocery store. Did a hike on the suggested trail, visited the Blue Hole and went to No Name Key. Saw the most deer on No Name. Obviously...More

Thank Lagostaa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove thru hoping to see a lot of the deer but only saw two, perhaps our timing wasn't good. If driving thru the Keys it's worth a visit though.

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Blue Hole and there were a bunch of noisy people there. Boo. We did see an alligator but no Key deer. Then we drove to the Nature Trails. We took the Jack Watson trail. WOW! We walked very quietly. We saw...More

Thank Kimkokomo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitor center is somewhat hidden in the winn Dixie shopping center so take a good look around or you'll miss it. Fun ridding down the road and seeing the Key Deer. Much smaller than what we are used too.

Thank Speckul8r
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great day with the family! The amount and diversity of life that exists in such harsh conditions is amazing. The Visitors Center is located in a strip mall but just stop in to get a map and ask the volunteer to point out the...More

Thank PfeiffersOnTheGo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Driving down the Keys, I knew I wanted to stop and see the little Key Deer. They pretty much have free reign of Big Pine Key, so you have to drive careful (there are strict speed limits) to protect the severely endangered deer (there are...More

Thank BethanieKay
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped here to see the key deer. They run loose all through the town. We found a road near the No Name Pub and found numerous deer on the roadway. They are so tame they came right up to my window.

Thank crunch413
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Pegasus39_11
Hi, We are a party of four, and would be interested in learning more about then Key Deer. We drove through the Key today and did not notice any directions to the ranger's station, etc. Please advise: Cost , best times, guise availability, etc., Thanks gg
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
Hi, We are a party of four, and would be interested in learning more about then Key Deer. We drove through the Key today and did not notice any directions to the ranger's station, etc. Please advise: Cost , best times, guise availability, etc., Thanks gg
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
Is viewing handicap accessible?
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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