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Address: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Phone Number: +1 727-453-6500
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11:00 - 16:00
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Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Lovely way to spend a few hours

We are always looking for free things to do while on vacation. So glad we came upon Weedon Island Preserve. When we first arrived we visited the center. We decided to walk... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are always looking for free things to do while on vacation. So glad we came upon Weedon Island Preserve. When we first arrived we visited the center. We decided to walk along the boardwalk to the observation tower first before the heat of the afternoon sun. It was a nice easy walk through the mangrove trees while we watched... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Escape the beach crowds and dead to this lovely paddle trail in a pretty mangrove preserve. I enjoyed SUPing in the protected shallow waters. I checked the tides and thought it was coming off a high tide at 9am but it was still too shallow to pass marker #4 with my stand up paddle fin. So, I missed out getting... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were happy to learn when we got to Weedon Island Preserve on a Sunday that the center is now open from 11-4 on Sundays. That information is now on their website, but it was not at the time we visited in October. We spent 2-3 hours hiking the various trails and seeing the various sights. I came around the... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to this park multiple times and it's pretty nice. There are kayak rentals which are a lot of fun or you can just meander the boardwalks and admire nature. The nature center is a neat place to take a quick break from the heat!

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Thank Evan B
Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Husband found info on this preserve online and we decided to check it out. We live about an hour south of St. Pete. The information center was very informative and the volunteer (forgot to get his name) was extremely friendly and helpful. After looking at the exhibits, we headed out on the boardwalk trails. It was very tranquil and easy... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This preserve has a number of boardwalks and trails. There is also a pier that you can fish from. This is a nice quiet place to get out and check out nature.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a fantastic time with a whole bunch of my friends kayaking through the mangroves in Weedon Island a few weekends ago! Free to get in, the day was perfect, and we had so much fun!

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Homosassa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I failed to check the time of the cultural center. Ended up driving an hour and a half without seeing the visitor center. It is open from Thursday through Sunday. The walking trail is quiet and exquisite with a well-constructed boardwalk of composite that is easy to negotiate. Despite not seeing the cultural center it was a lovely visit. Must... More 

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Thank Kathryn A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In addition to the kayak / canoe launch, they have numerous trails both on natural ground and on boardwalks. Most of the boardwalks do not have shade so choose a cooler time of day to visit. Every time we go we see some type of wildlife, from turtles, racoons, to owls or mullet skimming the surface of the estuaries. The... More 

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

A friend and I decided to go kayaking at Weeden Island. We rented a couple of kayaks and headed out in the morning. The kayak rental staff was great and very helpful (they give you a map) It was low tide and we were a bit unlucky; but it was still a great trip! We liked paddling around the different... More 

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