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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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Pristine habitat

The exhibit in the visitor center was excellent. Lots of information about the habitat as well as... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Barbara D
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Naples, Florida
More than just nature trails

Weedon Island Preserve is known for its 4.7 miles of nature trails for hiking and a 4-mile... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
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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
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1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2770
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Reviewed 24 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 24 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

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
Reviewed 8 July 2017

A very nice nature area in the middle of a metro area. It was away from the crowds and noises of Tampa Bay. Very peaceful.

Thank ACTIII
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Taking a picnic and watching the sunset, this was a nice destination. Just a bit off the main road but worth the trip. While we sat and ate we saw tons of wildlife including dolphins, crabs, and a close encounter with a raccoon.

Thank Joy J
Reviewed 4 July 2017

A very cool labyrinth of mangrove tunnels and waterways. The entire park is fantastic and so hidden from the rest of St. Pete. A gem.

Thank FreeTheGirl315
Reviewed 2 July 2017

I always wondered what was east of 4th street North of Old Northeast and now I know. Weedon Island Preserve is a lovey place to take various short walks through different parts of the preserve. Some of the walks go through the mangrove growth so...More

Thank Jennie C
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Weedon Island Preserve is hidden behind the Dog Track and next to the Duke Power Plant, at the Southwest end of the Gandy. They have a surprisingly nice Nature Center/Musuem (check operating hours ... I think it is only open 10am-5PM Tue.- Sat.), which can...More

Thank Luis H
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank Laura G
Reviewed 8 May 2017

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...More

2  Thank ShowmewowZuckerman
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Colby C
30 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
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KirkVH
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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Jean W
27 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
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