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Address: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Phone Number:
+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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Great paddling area

I always enjoy paddling in the Weedon Island area. If the tide is high (check the tides before you go) you can paddle the entire marked canoe trail. There is a tree canopy on lots... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
New Port Richey, Florida
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New Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I always enjoy paddling in the Weedon Island area. If the tide is high (check the tides before you go) you can paddle the entire marked canoe trail. There is a tree canopy on lots of the trail so it is great any time of year. The put in area is very nice and there are clean restroom facilities. Parking... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice canoe/kayaking trails through the mangroves. Great fishing. Perfect place to get away to nature without having to go to far.

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Brandon, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful park with a great boardwalk, trails and areas to kayak. Well kept and a gem. Especially nice in cooler weather, come enjoy nature!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I didn't have the time to kayak but I did walk the trail by the nature center. The trial can take 30-60 minutes depending on your pace. It has a couple good overlooks. There's little tiny black crabs on the trees on posts but they scurry away quickly. This is a good place to go look at the scenery for... More 

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WeedonIslandPreserve, Manager at Weedon Island Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. The photos you took of the Preserve are beautiful! More 

Hull, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This just goes to show how you can be in the city life one minute and less than 20 minutes later be surrounded by flora and fauna of Florida. Having grown up in the panhandle, I have always love exploring the natural beauty of the woods in other parts of the state. Here, you can explore on very nice wood... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent 2 hours kayaking w/family. Rented from Sweetwater was easy and staff was helpful. Couldn't do the entire loop b/c tide was low but we were able to see a couple of the back areas and go through one very cool mangrove tunnel. Good for beginner and occasional paddlers, was not too strenuous but still worked up a pretty good... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

A good way to experience the natural Florida. Exhibits are fun, the trails and paths are easy to access. A nice morning or afternoon out.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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 21 November 2016

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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Southern NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

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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