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National Key Deer Refuge

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“blue hole”(119 reviews)
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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 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.

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

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

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

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

2  Thank matsuno415
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

Recently went to Big Pine Key. Drive carefully down the road. I went to the Blue Hole area and is very small as you can’t walk all the way around it due to damage from Hurricane Irma. Saw one white tail deer, adorable! And a...More

Thank raengjai1
Reviewed 27 June 2018

On our way down to Key West we thought we would take a drive through and see if we could see any deer. We did see a couple, but like other reviews mention, going near dusk would probably be better. It is a beautiful area...More

Thank Louise S
Reviewed 27 June 2018

My husband and I have been to the Florida keys many times. This was our first time visiting the National Key Deer Refuge. It is a few miles off the beaten path, but if you go to the visitor center they will provide you with...More

Thank dsphillips4
Reviewed 26 June 2018

I love seeing these small deer. They are the size of dogs. Everyone should come get photos of them while you can. They are one of the joys of the lower keys.

1  Thank Maria B
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

We drove through and did the 2 short hikes, lots of damage to the surrounding trees which seems to be keeping the wildlife away. We only saw deer in people's yards on Big Pine key, too much damage to recommend the nature hikes right now.

1  Thank Michele c
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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
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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