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“Easy walk”

Weedon Island Preserve
Ranked #14 of 130 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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed June 1, 2013

We went there in the am for a walk on the boardwalk. It was breezy even though sunny. It's a fun, easy walk. Enjoy the fresh air.

Thank Wendysdd
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

Only been to Weeden Island a few times and I definetely enjoyed it. Wether you kayak, hike, or just admire the awesome views, won't be disappointed. The observation deck is nice.

Thank Michael G
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

You don't have to go outside the city limits of St. Petersburg to find one of our areas most beautiful natural sites. Weedon Island Preserve offers a visitor's center, nature trails and boardwalks, fishing, kayaking, canoeing on Tampa Bay and the enjoyment of seeing nature at her best! Bring your own water vehicle or rent one. There is a nice launch area with cleaning station and restrooms. The fishing pier is right here too. An awesome place to relax and explore Mother Nature!

Thank Cynthia I
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is real St. Pete... Before the people took it over. Its almost all mangroves and marsh land... They have boardwalks cut through the mangroves and it offers and amazingly scenic stroll through nature. You can spot many birds, spiders, bugs, and wild animals... Along with many native plants and flowers. They have 2 or 3 overlook towers that offer some of the best views in the city. It really is beautiful. I would say to walk the whole thing, it takes between 1 and 2 hours. Oh, I forgot to mention, you can rent kayaks or canoes to explore, which really is an amazing time. This takes all day. If you are in the area, I HIGHLY recommend a visit. Bring lots of water, it gets very hot.

2  Thank Kenny N
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Free preserve with elevated boardwalks to go out into the natural area with viewing platforms over the water. We walked on the elevated boardwalk loop and saw lots of birds and fish and even saw two rays in their natural setting. I should also mention we saw several large arthropods, which unfortunately were not close enough to the boardwalk to get a good picture of but they were on the large side. I also saw several earthen mounds which I later learned could be from native Indians that frequented the area. If you are going in the heat of the day make sure to take water with you, we didn’t and I regretted it.

Don't miss the visitor center which is not open all the time now due to government cuts but it is worth the visit if it is open. They have a third floor viewing platform which gives a really good view of how things used to look in Florida prior to the arrival of the Mouse and strip malls.

Thank OBX717
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