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Weedon Island Preserve

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Address: 1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2770
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+1 727-453-6500
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Weedon Island Preserve is an expansive 3,190-acre natural area located on...

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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Experience of a Lifetime!

What an amazing experience kayaking through tunnels in the mangroves! I went there once in the evening and saw a heron, loads of little crabs and a dolphin! On the way out of park... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an amazing experience kayaking through tunnels in the mangroves! I went there once in the evening and saw a heron, loads of little crabs and a dolphin! On the way out of park that night, there was an armadillo on the side of the road. The next time, I went in the afternoon and there were so many jumping... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's very quiet on the water.This place is like a little wonderland. The waters are calm, still and shallow. It is brackish water I am told. It is in a basin. It is an easy beautiful kayak ride. You can rent a kayak when you get there if you don't have your own as there is a vendor with kayaks... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love Weedon Island! The trails are beautiful and always a blast to explore! I love finding wildlife or finding a trail that I haven't walked yet. You can either use the boardwalk or find a trail of your own, but neither disappoint! Always a beautiful view of the water, even on a rainy day.

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New Mexico
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a half day kayaking through the mangrove swamps of Weedon Island Preserve, a nice little gem tucked close to town. There are walking trails and a fishing pier, so saddle yourselves up and go have a nice adventure. Water and sunscreen are highly recommended. Just do it!

Thank puckerstoppled
Manchester, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 15 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.

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St. Petersburg, FL
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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, fishing although I've never really caught anything there worth wile and we're talking a period... More 

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Reviewed 7 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 that breaks down into two pieces. The trails can get too narrow for a full... More 

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Harrisburg, PA
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Reviewed 1 April 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 shade in the park. I think the next time we go it will be on... More 

Thank afkren
Wesley Chapel, Florida
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Reviewed 17 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 much about the original people that lived here thousands of years ago (before the Europeans... More 

Thank Janna64
Pleasant Lake, Indiana
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Reviewed 14 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 nature area and can have some wild Flora and Fauna: For example, we saw our... More 

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