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Address: 1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2770
Phone Number: 17274536500
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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. Weedon Island Preserve is also a well-known birding and fishing site. 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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Weedon Island Preserve is Florida as it once was!!!!!

Being a Florida Native and fifth Generation "Cracker" I can say without hesitation that you need to rent a kayak from Sweetwater's Kayak located within the Preserve and explore... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
jazzmantampa
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Being a Florida Native and fifth Generation "Cracker" I can say without hesitation that you need to rent a kayak from Sweetwater's Kayak located within the Preserve and explore the mangroves. So much to see... Birds, fish, vegetation and best of all the serenity of no motorized boats or vehicles. Do yourself a favor or if you have children and... More 

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Ocean City, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The night we went to the game the place was packed. We were on the upper level though we were in the first row which was a plus. It was a long walk to get to the food or rather a long elevator ride. The selection of food vendors appeared to be limited.

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JERSEYVILLE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I found this to be an interesting place to learn about the inhabitants over thousands of years on Weedon Island.

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Clermont, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting place to visit. Abundant wildlife and wonderful kayaking through the mangroves. Parking was difficult but might have been because in was July 4th.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this park the fishing is great I catch snook here a lot and there is a kayak launch definitely walk the trails inside the park walk to the oberservation deck and the Boy Scout loop

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Highland, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful and unique place to kayak. Visitors need to pay attention to tide and follow signage closely. Some areas are narrow, but the scenery was well worth the challenge. Can't wait to return!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Here's where you need to be in the spring and fall, when it's not too hot. Enjoy nature and a highly treed area. The views from the look out points are amazing.

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Windsor, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to run dirt and boardwalks through the lowlands. Pretty scenery, but strong, earthy smell takes a bit getting used to for an out of state person. Still worth the experience though.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

This is my second visit to Weedon Island for kayaking and it is still as spectacular as my first visit. Tide was high and the lengthy mangrove tunnels were a pleasure to kayak despite the numerous kayakers that were out that day. Weedon Island contains some of the longest mangrove tunnels that I have had the pleasure to kayak. Even... More 

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Lansdowne, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Great exhibit hall with knowledgeable docents. Kayak launch, beautiful walkways among the quiet pines. Wonderful birdwatching. Just terrific.

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