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National Key Deer Refuge

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Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
+1 305-872-2239
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stayed for a couple of hours walking the Watson and Mannillo trails. Saw two alligators in the Blue Hole. Fished at the No Name Key Bridge. Saw lots of Key Deer along Watson Blvd and at the end of No Name Key. Drive slow...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GuiWong
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Key Deer are so precious to see. They are friendly little ones that dont run away when you watch close from your car window. We love seeing them more than being in Key West.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Liz S
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an odd little space with tiny Key deer interspersed amongst homes and retail spaces. Area still suffering post hurricane season from 2017 so there were lots of little adjustments.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank PaddyValentine
Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

We stopped at the office which is in a small strip mall. The office was closed for President Bush's funeral so we decided to explore the wildlife area across the road. We noticed just inside the entrance there appeared to be a homeless person's sleeping...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kristyonthego
Reviewed 4 December 2018

After seeing these tiny creatures it will totally change the way you think about deer, they stand maybe waist high, are incredibly adorable and they just saunter across the street or walk along side the road so you have to be very careful and drive...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank brn2rn79
Reviewed 8 October 2018

My friend and I decided to drive further south to see this area mid to late afternoon. We were so sad to see all of the hurricane damage from Irma. We were happy to see 2 key deer.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Marcia A
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Big Pine Key is almost No Pine Key thanks to the hurricane. Usually we see dozens of key deer, but only saw 2 so far. The best time to visit is either early morning or late afternoon. Lots of houses are still hammered. Lots of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank G2services
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Definitely drive slow through here. When we got out of the car at Blue Hole, there was a Key deer across the road and I walked over to get a photo and it walked back across the road with me. I had no idea they...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank coconutpalmtree
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Drove SLOWLY thru refuge last evening and scored on deer 🦌 sightings..Had deer count at 18 including 6 that walked out in front of our Jeep 🚙 course we didn’t feed any as that would be illegal but enjoyed seeing some many healthy looking deer...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank redman852
Reviewed 19 July 2018

What a waste of time and effort. The volunteers are nice and all, but none of them have actually been to the round water hole that they direct all tourists to. How can they talk about it if they NEVER actually been there? Yes, they...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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4 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
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
Susan D
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