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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. 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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Beautiful Natual Gem

What a great natural preserve to kayak & visit! Staff was super sweet & knowledgeable! It is a beautiful park that you must see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Heather K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a great natural preserve to kayak & visit! Staff was super sweet & knowledgeable! It is a beautiful park that you must see.

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Thank Heather K
St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My church group does kayak trips at Weedon Island Preserve. It has wonderful mangrove paths that take you deep into the mangrove forest. Little black crabs hang out on the branches, but they don't drop down on you, so no worries. The kayak providers are helpful and nice. They set us on our way, and collect the kayaks as we... More 

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Thank SonyaSky
Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Easy launch of the kayaks in the water..loved paddling with no motorboats swamping you. Love the walk ways to bird watching and the tower to climb for a better view.

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Thank Saburns12
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cool place to kayak or canoe although you have to go when it's high tide. You go through a tunnel of mangroves and if the water is too low you can't get though. You end up going into open water. Nice way to spend the part of the day on the water.

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Thank thescoot
Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a gem! An interactive museum; I had a great time playing around the exhibits! There is a wonderful walking trail throughout the preserve. The trail is very well marked and most is wheel chair accessible. Create place to visit with kids.

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Thank Mimi H
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We come here regularly to walk the boardwalk trails, paved/dirt trails and to kayak the mangrove tunnel trails. When the tide is right, you can kayak the trail in 3-4 hours, or there are miles of paved, dirt and boardwalk trails that you can mix and match to change things up a bit on regular visits. When open, the visitors... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I own 4 kayaks, I go kayaking a couple of times a month. This is one great kayak trail, coming from someone with lots of paddle time in Florida waters. The mangrove 'tunnels' are very nice, some mildly technical areas, and some nice areas of open water paddling. Have been on a lot of rivers and salt water, this is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is another little corner of nature preserved in St. Petersburg's NE. At one time most of the Tampa Bay coastline was protected by miles of mangroves. Mangroves are bush/trees which grow in a compact mass with each other, creating a low (10-15 ft high), extremely dense coastal forest. Their many stalks twist, turn, and bend into a tangled mass... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Location has a complete boardwalk to stroll on. As a mobility impaired person, using a scooter, I was quite pleased that I was able to go through the majority of the site along with my wife. She veered off on a few unpaved paths, but for the most part this is an accessible location. It was so hot that we... More 

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

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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