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“paved trails and little black crabs in the trees”

Weedon Island Preserve
Ranked #15 of 139 things to do in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Weedon Island Preserve is a 3,190-acre natural area located on Tampa Bay. This coastal ecosystem is home to 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. No pets are permitted. The Preserve’s Cultural and Natural History Center is open Thursday - Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 4, 2012

We took a walk with our two young children (ages 9 and 13) at Weedon Island Preservein early August 2012. The trail is short, flat, and well-marked, and entirely appropriate for children. The trail we walked was paved and elevated in the places where it wound through the marshy areas. The vegetation was an interesting (to me, a Michigan native) mix of mangrove, oak, and tropical grasses. Trails lead out to the water, where we saw fish jumping and a fisherman working there with a large net. The most novel sighting for us were the tiny black crabs we spotted in the vegetation along the trail.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Weedon Island has a sandbar you get to by boat or watercraft that is the perfect hangout for friends or families.
We took our own boat out there and moored up with about 100 other boats and just a great place to spend the day and chill in the water. Bring your own music and your lunch!

Thank Karen E
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

This is a great place to kayak if you're not afraid of some very small wildlife. Crabs hang from the mangroves and if you touch a limb, they will rain on you, but they are harmless.

Thank karen f
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We have kayaked at many places around the Tampa/St.Pete area and Weedon Island has to be my favorite! It is such a gorgeous area and so much fun to kayak through the beautiful mangroves

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Reviewed August 22, 2012

We have kayaked at many places around the Tampa/St.Pete area and Weedon Island has to be my favorite! It is such a gorgeous area and so much fun to kayak through the beautiful mangroves.

Thank NatalieJeanR
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