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Weedon Island Preserve

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Address: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Phone Number: 727-453-6500
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking

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Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon and must say the place was totally unstaffed and there were no brochure maps available ! They DID have signs at the main parking lot but after 10... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Dickinson Center, New York
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Dickinson Center, New York
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80 reviews 80 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon and must say the place was totally unstaffed and there were no brochure maps available ! They DID have signs at the main parking lot but after 10 minutes of walking trails... would you remember ? We walked the boring boardwalk and saw all of one turtle and many, many mangrove trees which grew... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This is one of our favorite places to come on a weekend. Kayaking the Mangrove trail is great, as you get to see all sorts of birds, fish, crabs even dolphins on a lucky day, but even just taking the boardwalk and going up to the tower is fun with the kids. The nature center has some good programs for... More 

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Toronto
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We spent a few hours here, walking along the boardwalks, viewing the wonderful wildlife (turtles, all kinds of shore birds). We also rented a kayak which we paddled through the mangrove swamps. It was magical, and a great place to explore for people of all ages and abilities. We saw most of the wildlife while we are kayaking, including a... More 

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MONROE
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I think you must have to kayak to really enjoy this place. The board walk is OK but not much to see besides the Mangrove trees. Because of that, we did not spend a whole lot of time here.....walked the boardwalk rather quickly. Observation tower afforded a very nice view of the area. Florida botanical gardens in Largo is far... More 

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Wading River, New York
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224 reviews 224 reviews
92 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

A two mile boardwalk trail goes all around the preserve, making it an easy walk for everyone. We took the bay boardwalk trail first, and saw some nice views of the bay and some small fish jumping out of the water. Then we did the tower walk next. We climbed up the tower and were able to see St. Petersburg... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We are arrived by 3 pm for a two hour paddle and when we took our kayaks out around 5 we were swarmed and bitten by thousands of no see um gnats. They are terrible, I recommend going on a day that has a decent breeze and wear long clothing with bug spray or meet the same fate! Yikes! The... More 

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northeastern US
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a preserve, but it's not easy to say what they are preserving. We were told all the wildlife is nocturnal, which may be why we didn't see anything interesting. There weren't even common birds flying around. I think we saw one egret. It's OK, if you want to be in a very quiet place.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We stopped here with a few hours of time on our way to the airport. It is very QUIET, with an above average visitors center and displays. The trails through the mangrove swamp was quite relaxing. I wish we would have had time to kayak through the maze.

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We spent a morning here. Our first walk was to the lookout tower. From here we could see Tampa & Clearwater townships. Beautiful 360 views. While we were there we were lucky enough to see an Osprey bird eat a fish it had just caught. We never saw much in the way of wildlife but that might have been because... More 

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Quincy, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

The tides were not good for going through the tunnels, but the open water paddling was very nice, I will go back for the tunnels when the tides are more favorable.

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