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Weedon Island Preserve

#13 of 129 things to do in St. Petersburg Features Animals
1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2770
+1 727-453-6500
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Relaxing spot

With several miles of trails you can spend an hour or many hours exploring this area. There is... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
Manchester, New Hampshire
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Make sure that you bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent.Be prepared to do some walking. Wooden... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
St. Petersburg, FL
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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 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2770
+1 727-453-6500
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

With several miles of trails you can spend an hour or many hours exploring this area. There is also a fishing area and a spot to launch kayaks or canoes. I highly recommend checking this place out.

Thank Bden99
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Make sure that you bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent.Be prepared to do some walking. Wooden walkway through the mangrove boonies that you can walk or bike. I live close by and have been there many times over the years. Activities include kayaking [rentals], picnic tables,...More

Thank ramblingduo727
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

We came on a Wednesday during spring break. 20mph winds, but we put in at the kayak launch and stayed left to go through the mangroves. Very unique, fun experience. If you go, make sure to take a small boat paddle or a kayak paddle...More

Thank ericnb01
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Whe visited the preserve on Tuesday, visitor center is open from Thursdays through Sundays so we didn't see everything. It was hot and sunny when we were there. We just walked up to the observation tower for a view of the preserve. There wasn't much...More

Thank afkren
Reviewed 16 March 2017

What a lovely park. I've lived in this area for years and wish I had discovered this sooner. We went to t talk from an archaeologist then a tour that took us to an excavation site where we saw and ancient midden. I learned so...More

Thank Janna64
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Verynice place to walk, kayak and commune with nature in a mangrove Tampa Bay estuary. It can be dry or wet but if you walk the unimproved trails like the "Boy Scout Trail" or many others it can be both. Remember, this is a Florida...More

1  Thank InspiredSailor
Reviewed 7 March 2017

The Pinellas County Park System wisely has set aside the Weedon Island area for preservation. Yes, it is a vast area of raw nature with little interference from man, but more important it is the ancient home of the indigenous peoples of the area and...More

Thank CyndyandByron
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We visited last Monday for the first time ever. Walked about 2 miles of boardwalks and saw some wildlife, but it was the middle of the day, so earlier or later would be better. A very well maintained park, in a lovely setting, but disappointed...More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Boardwalks were great. As was the tower, from which the distance views were fantastic. And the Cultural Center was very well done. They put all that effort in, and then no trail signs. Come to an intersection, and have to guess which way. Miles and...More

1  Thank spartymarsha
Reviewed 18 February 2017

The real Florida on the bay is not manicured lawns, concrete bulkheaded waterfronts. It is thick groves of mangroves, their twisted, entangled exposed roots rising out of the water, with masses of branches and leaves low to the water. In the protection of these curved...More

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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.
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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