National Key Deer Refuge
National Key Deer Refuge
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Fourteen square mile natural habitat of white tailed Key deer.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Swift-Ohio
Hudson, OH325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very worthwhile and great if you like the outdoors.

I highly recommend visiting the Visitor's Center first. You can get a map, chat with the staff, and get recommendations (and hit the bathroom; there are none on the trails). You have to then drive to the various trailheads (none at the Center).

The two best are Blue Hole and Watson & Manillo trails. They are just down the road from each other. There is a short trail at Blue Hole, around the pond. Saw alligators there. The other two trails come off the same parking lot. That is where we saw a key deer, it just was by the trail, a couple of feet away. Also a lot of interesting plants.

The trail on No Name Key is not well marked and it just kind of goes off into the brush. We hiked it for a half mile or so, and just came back. Not sure what we were supposed to see here and where it goes.

The trail on Long Beach Road is only slightly better marked. It is a very interesting area; saw some birds and very interesting plants. It was muddy in spots, but then unfortunately just kind of disappeared (I think it was overgrown). Not very well maintained.
Written 20 January 2024
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Lynn M
Mountain Home, AR175 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We stopped in here while driving through the Keys. Definitely worth a stop to see the endangered deer. Stop at the visitors center for a map of where to go to find the little deer. We were there about noon, and it was warm, but we still saw several. We even saw one in the parking lot of the VC! They are really small and unique. Please do not approach or try to feed.
Written 9 November 2023
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Diane K
Venice, FL4,508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We stopped in to learn more about the key deer in the area. Volunteers provided some information plus listened to a short video. We did not see any deer.
Written 24 August 2023
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wyandotte68
Parrish, FL24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We drove thru looking for the tiny Key Deer, and finally caught sight of a single doe! Well worth looking for at least one!
Written 24 June 2023
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hunt108
Lancaster, PA103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We enjoyed driving around to see the deer. The National Key Deer Refuge visitor center is very informative and would recommend stopping by.
Written 28 February 2023
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4allisons
Topsail Island, NC264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The Key Deer are a remarkable animal to see and watch in their away-from-it-all habitat in the Florida Keys.

Take your time. Drive slow. Be respectful of the residents and neighbors who live in this area. Get out of the car and take one of the short hikes in the area. You'll get to see the wonderfully-small deer. Don't chase them. Don't startle them. (And PLEASE don't feed them.) And you'll be rewarded with terrific memories.

Do it right and you'll come back every time that you visit the Florida Keys.
Written 18 November 2022
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Stedley
Rotherham, UK75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We arrived at around 3.00pm and were advised that we may only see 1-2 deer due to the heat, but we saw around a dozen, including a buck with horns. They are very people friendly and provided you don't make any sudden movements will stand close-by to allow photographs. Apparently around 6.00pm is the best time to visit. There are a variety of walks, some of which are relatively short and accessible for all. Overall a very worthwhile experience.
Written 24 October 2022
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Tara C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Amazing experience! My son who is obsessed with deer saw National Key Deer Refuge driving by. This was not a planned stop. What a gem!! So much for kids/adults to learn. Craig & Heather at National Key Deer Refuge were so knowledgable, they shared a wealth of information on the area history, animals and deer. We visited for about 20min. They spent time to map out a short route (1/4 mile) for us to drive towards No Name Key where we were able to see many deer. They even pointed out a small hidden bridge where we could stand and view sharks, and fish. It was actually a pretty cool experience. Worth the stop!
Written 12 August 2022
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Valerie G
North Port, FL288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This is a great stop to learn about the endangered key deer that are found nowhere else on the planet. These sweet little deer are so charming.

Due to people feeding these deer from vehicles, 80% of these deers mortality are from car accidents. Feeding them may seem "cute" or "harmless" but it decreases their drive to find their own food, teaches them to approach vehicles and makes them overtrusting of people. Do NOT feed the key deer! We would love for these precious small deer to be around for generations to come.
Written 1 August 2022
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IslandsEducator
Sanibel Island, FL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Please hold back on feeding these tiny deer. Also follow the speed limits. When there in June, mamas and babies were grazing right along the main roads. Easy to spot on Key Deer Blvd and on the way to No Name.
Written 31 July 2022
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