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“Great Summer Field Trip”

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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Take your kids and walk the trails and read the markers! This is a great place to see a bit of unspoiled Florida (warts and all) and the archaeological work going on is wonderful. Pretend you are Florida Indians for a day! Be sure to visit the museum. It's not St Augustine, but it is very close! Very!

1  Thank Alice F
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

Lots to see and do. Explore by kayaking or walking. Fish from the pier. Meet other people enjoying the sights. Bring bug spray, sunblock, water, hat, and camera. Allow 2 to 3 hours.

1  Thank foodieme26
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Ok, you can still get to the park, but the visitor center, historical, nature stuff is all closed except for Thurs- Sat. I did not do due diligence before arriving there, that is why I am writing this review. I only gave it 3 stars because we went on a Tues in 95 degree heat. The boardwalks were in the sun. Thankfully the bathrooms at the pier were open, but everything else was closed.

Kayak rentals were open and we could have done that but our 7 year old was not interested in trying it and it was sooo hot.

There was also a storm with lightning we could see in the distance, so we were not sure about the safety of going kayaking or even walking on elevated boardwalks. I would like it better when it is not so hot.

1  Thank altr2004
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Reviewed July 1, 2014

Heard about this park from another couple at a bed and breakfast in St. Augustine. My wife and I walked the boardwalk and the trail to the bay outlook. Great walk, the mangroves were awesome but we were beat after walking 1 hour plus in the 95 degree weather. The next stop was the visitors center. This is a nice facility, one of the best temperature control buildings on our trip. They have a nice museum here, and we enjoyed visiting in the lobby with one of the employees about the flora and fauna of the park. Take the time to walk up to the observation deck on level 3. Next time we plan to try the kayaks. Great place to go, not crowded, lots to see.

Thank Steve B
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

Wedon Island is interesting but if you are short on time I wouldn't make it a priority. It doesn't have much to see especially when compared to all the other exciting things to see and do in St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay area. It has an interesting educational aspect including a little about the native american culture that once lived there and the main building is like new, is well kept and clean and air conditioned. There are very nice wooden sidewalks along the grounds. It's a place for real nature enthusiasts.

Thank Dakotakardz .
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