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Weedon Island Preserve

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1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2770
+1 727-453-6500
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Good family fun

Very good nature reserve good for kids and education no traffic very safe, try a cycle ride or hire... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ian w
Preston, United Kingdom
Old Florida

If you want to see the flora and fauna of old Florida then head to Weedon Island Reserve. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Frances R
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Weedon Island Preserve is an expansive 3,190-acre natural area located on Tampa Bay. This coastal system, comprised of aquatic and upland ecosystems, is home to numerous species of native plants and animals, an educational facility, and a rich cultural history. Indigenous peoples occupied this site for thousands of years. Today, the preserve protects this wide diversity of natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. The preserve encompasses 4.7 miles of natural and paved trails, boardwalks, and a 45ft. tall Observation Tower. Visitors may also experience the preserve by renting kayaks or canoes on-site and paddling a 4 mile loop trail. Weedon Island Preserve is a well-known birding site and is included in the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Preserve Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m. to time posted (approximately 15 minutes before sunset). Daily closing time is posted at the entrance to the preserve. Weedon Island Preserve is closed on the day after Thanksgiving and Dec. 25. Center Hours: Open Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday-Wednesday, Closed all County Holidays. No pets are permitted.
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2770
+1 727-453-6500
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good nature reserve good for kids and education no traffic very safe, try a cycle ride or hire a kayak we saw manatee

Thank Ian w
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to see the flora and fauna of old Florida then head to Weedon Island Reserve. The raised walkways and viewing tower offer wonderful sights of native birds, alligators, trees and a 360 degree view of Tampa Bay the way the original explorers...More

Thank Frances R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hours listed are for the preserve visitor center. The preserve itself is open daily from 7am to shortly before dusk EXCEPT the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Don't make the mistake of trying to get out into nature on Black Friday at this...More

Thank ScreenNameAnna
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we drove into the Preserve we saw our first tortoise on the side of the road and had to take a different parking spot because a second tortoise was resting there. We were able to get some great pics of him eating grass and...More

Thank Christine T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a great place to spend a couple hours strolling the trails and boardwalks. They also have kayaks and canoes available to rent. There is a boat launch and fishing pier located in the park also.

Thank Bden99
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Nice place to hike and see the natural habitat of this part of Florida. Many trails with information signs about the flora and animal life. If you like walking and learning then this for you, also good for joggers. The main paths also support wheelchairs,...More

Thank happytravelersPA
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This place is amazing. The trails go in lots of directions so if you want to spend an afternoon in nature, you'll have lots of choices here. The tower view is spectacular, so don't forget to go in that direction, once you've explored all the...More

Thank AtlantaBeachgirl
Reviewed 23 July 2017

The exhibit in the visitor center was excellent. Lots of information about the habitat as well as the history of the site. We went for the guided hike and the trail is easy but full of mosquitoes! The volunteer guide was extremely knowledgeable about the...More

Thank Barbara D
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Weedon Island Preserve is known for its 4.7 miles of nature trails for hiking and a 4-mile, self-guided canoeing/kayaking loop called the South Paddling Trail that weaves through mangrove tunnels and has access points to Tampa Bay. But the 3,190-acre natural area situated along the...More

2  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Take a leisurely walk around the site, and visit the HQ. Been part of the west coast early Indian settlements.

Thank Michael B
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Colby C
29 June 2016|
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Response from WeedonIslandPreserve | Property representative |
Thanks for your question. When paddling, you want at least a 1.1 foot tide to make it through the tunnels without having to drag your vessel. Anywhere above about a 2.5 foot tide becomes difficult as well because you're... More
3 September 2015|
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Response from Amy W | Reviewed this property |
It's at 88th Avenue and 4th Street in St. Petersburg.
Jean W
26 June 2015|
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Response from Caroline T | Reviewed this property |
Canoe Rentals Paddlers to Weedon Island Preserve can now rent a canoe or kayak from Sweetwater Kayaks and enjoy natural Florida by leisurely floating along the shores of Riviera Bay or on the South Paddling Trail. Weekday... More