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“Some of the best kayaking in Tampa Bay”

Weedon Island Preserve
Ranked #13 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
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Some of the best kayaking in Tampa Bay”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

Great kayak trails through the mangroves (last time I was there we saw a pod of manatees). The hiking trail is also nice--don't miss the view of downtown Tampa and St. Petersburg from the top of the observation tower.

Visited May 2011
1 Thank DaytonaD
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Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to kayak!”
Reviewed 5 January 2012

Nothing like a sunset paddle through the mangroves. This is a perfect place to see some of what Florida's wilderness has to offer! Call a local outfitter for a guided tour when in the area - You will be surprised at the beauty you will find!

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Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Blissful walk in nature”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

Loved the views, the quiet, the birds, and the interesting Indian mounds. A great way to spend a day in the mild winters of Florida.

Visited December 2011
1 Thank atlbritt
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Old Florida”
Reviewed 1 January 2012

Miles of trails and boardalks over the mangroves make this a glimpse of Florida of long ago. It is educationally excellent for children and adults.

Visited December 2011
1 Thank osgowen
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Park and Wonderful Display at Natural History Center”
Reviewed 18 December 2011

This is one the best parks I've seen in the Tampa Area. The boardwalk that meander through the mangrove forests give you a sense of appreciation for nature and the surrounding wildlife. Hard to believe it's so close to a busy highway. May need to bring sunscreen because there is limited shade. The Natural History Center is very informative and has a wonderful display of the history and ecosystem of the area. The only downside was that the receptionist was rood and gave me attitude when I ask her some questions about the trail. However, this should not deter anybody from visiting this beautiful park.

Visited December 2011
2 Thank Paul S
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