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“Great family kayaking trip”

Weedon Island Preserve
Ranked #15 of 141 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 August 13, 2013

The kayaking loop through the mangroves and the bay (that took us about 2.5 hours to complete) is a uniquely Florida experience filled with fascinating wildlife in an unusual ecosystem. We saw diving ospreys, jumping fish, small black crabs in the mangrove trees, numerous other waterfowl, and even the back fin of a small shark! It was my favorite part of my family's visit to the Tampa area.

Thank Alexandra L
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is one of my favorite places to kayak. The trail is four miles and very relaxing. It is beautiful going through the mangroves, which open up to a calm quiet cove. There is a nice little picnic area at the midway point to rest and grab a snack. Trail is clearly marked.

Thank Frances B
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This place is unique. Where else can you find ancient Indian mounds and the ruins of a B movie set that once was the home of a budding Florida film business. Rent a kayak or paddle board and check out the wildlife from the water. Walk one of the many trails or boardwalks through the piney woods and the mangroves. This spot is easy to get to from St. Pete, Tampa, or Clearwater. But you could easily miss this gem that is right on the Bay. I frequently bike to the Preserve, walk the pier, run or walk on the trails and observe the birds, racoons, and other wildlife. We have taken the whole family out on the guided canoe trip and had a blast.

1  Thank Mike T
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I can't believe this place is so close to the city. It is a must stop for nature lovers. Be sure to rent a kayak from Sweetwater Rental to paddle the loop here at the preserve. If you can do the whole loop, you get to paddle in quiet open water or down mangrove tunnels. Watch the little crabs cluster on the mangroves, birds in the shoreline trees or enjoy the quiet of nature. It is beautiful & tranquil here. We felt like we were the only people in the whole park. Keep an eye out for the jumping mullets. We saw some go as high up as 4-5 feet in the air. Awesome!

Thank smileycuteness
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This place is listed on the Blue Ways Trail Guide. If you like to kayak or canoe, this is a fantastic spot with many nooks and crannies within the mangroves to explore. You can either drive into the preserve to launch your kayak or just launch it from the Gandy Causeway. We've sighted manatees, dolphins, sting rays, and TONS of birds. Whether visiting or a resident, great place to spend the day.

Thank Dogfather96
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