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Weedon Island Preserve

#13 of 127 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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Hidden gem for a quick escape from the city

Weedon Island Preserve is hidden behind the Dog Track and next to the Duke Power Plant, at the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Luis H
Tarpon Springs, United States
Experience of a Lifetime!

What an amazing experience kayaking through tunnels in the mangroves! I went there once in the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Laura G
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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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1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2770
+1 727-453-6500
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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

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

1  Thank ShowmewowZuckerman
Reviewed 28 April 2017

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...More

Thank Alyssa P
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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...More

Thank puckerstoppled
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 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...More

Thank ericnb01
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...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
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Colby C
Can I take my dog here to hike on the trails? When is a good time to kayak through the mangrove tunnel?
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
Hi, I'm trying to locate this ramp and am unable to find an 82nd st near Riviera Bay. Could you double check and or send me a screenshot of the location? Thank you. Kirk
3 September 2015|
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Response from Amy W | Reviewed this property |
From 275S from Tampa - exit 54th Avenue North and turn left to 4th Street North and turn left. Go to 83rd Avenue and turn right. From 275N from Sarasota - exit 54th Avenue North and turn right to 4th Street North and turn... More
Jean W
Can I rent a canoe?
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