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“Great escape”

Weedon Island Preserve
Ranked #13 of 125 things to do in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great escape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

This is a perfect escape from reality. Long trails, nature, sun and open air. Love this place. They don't allow dogs for some reason but I occasionally bring mine. Some of the trails are really sandy so sandals or expects to have sand in your socks.

Visited April 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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90 reviews
77 attraction reviews
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“Hiking at the Preserve”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

The Preserve has several trails to walk or run on (no bikes) - some were paved, some were just dirt. Slow day for animals, just saw a hawk, fish, and a dolphin from the observation tower. There is also a fishing pier and a canoe/kayak launch. The exhibits are only open Thursday - Sunday. The Preserve also has events and tours, times and dates are posted on its website. Great for people to see mangroves and discover the history of St. Petersburg. Picnic tables available.

Visited April 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

This is definitely my favorite park in the St. Petersburg area. It's well maintained, spacious, and beautiful.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Jennifer W
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Tampa, Florida
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“Great paddling but only once”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

I've paddled Weedon Island several times, but the first time was the best! Bird watching was great. Saw a couple of rays. No dolphin. You may have to get out of your boat and drag across the shallow areas (don't go when it's too cold). But once you've done it, you've done it. It's really the same every time.

Visited April 2012
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“same as most Florida salt water preserves.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

Nice quiet walk along paths and board walks with views of some small ponds and salt water inlets. Very little wild life was seen.

Visited March 2013
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