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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%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
28950 Watson Blvd, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-6087
+1 305-872-2239
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This preserve has been protecting these lil guys as far as I can remember... 40 years plus back. GO slow through big pine. The protective fences are down from hurricane Irma.. you don’t want to hit one these lil guys! They are endangered and wander...More

Thank dmhorner
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped by while cycling in the area. Due to the serious damage from hurricane Irma, the area is not yet open to visitors (at least not that we found). Biologists reported that up to 84% of the herd survived after Irma, and we did...More

Thank MaryKop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cool, breezy and overcast day on Marathon, so we drove down to Big Pine Key for our first visit to the refuge. What an unexpected treat! We saw 11 Key Deer over the span of one hour of driving through the refuge area. It was...More

Thank L2GOP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw several deer, either alone or in pairs, by the roadside as we drove through this area (not on the main highway). The deer seemed very calm and stood still or continued grazing as people stopped to photograph them. This was a good day...More

Thank Rosemary W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had never been to the keys before and seeing the key deer was high on my list. I am very grateful we saw one! We stopped by the visitor center but arrived before the 10am opening so headed straight to Blue Hole and then...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Stop by the Refuge visitor center run by US wildlife for some history and wildlife displays and information; extremely friendly volunteers will assist you with maps and viewing information for the area, best to see the deer at dusk or early morning, and we were...More

Thank Gina M
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Do not go here. Key deer are now starving as irma destroyed their food sources. Also they are endangered and should not be treated as if they are in a petting zoo. People kidnap them feed them deadly human food and refuge workers do nothing....More

2  Thank Mvine
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed driving through the area and viewing the deer. There were many right on the roadside. There was no cost to ride along the area.

Thank fgrayson
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The volunteers and refuge managers are most helpful. Guides regularly lead walks thru the refuge, bike rides, and even kayaking trips. Photographic and insect sessions, butterfly walks, as well as plant identification sessions are offered, in addition to Key Deer information sessions.

Thank mrsh20152015
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

The entire island of Big Pine Key is the National Wildlife Refuge for the Key Deer. There are a few also scattered in the keys south of Big Pine as far as Sugarloaf. When visiting, the best tactic is to drive to the end of...More

1  Thank PJ D
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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
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