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The Weedon Island Preserve is a 3,190 acre natural area situated along the western shore of Tampa Bay, and located on 1800 Weedon Drive NE. St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. It is predominately an estuarine preserve composed of upland and aquatic ecosystems such as mangrove forests, pine/scrubby flatwoods, and maritime hammock, and is home to a variety of native wildlife. The preserve is also a designated archaeological area with several shell mounds identified on the property that provide evidence of early peoples who inhabited the land for thousands of years.Plan your visit to Weedon Island Preserve and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our St. Petersburg tour itinerary planning app.
On June 13, 1972, Weedon Island Preserve was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. In 1974 the state of Florida purchased Weedon Island and its surrounding islands and it officially opened for public use in December 1980. In 1993, the state created a lease agreement with Pinellas County to manage and maintain the preserve. The county's Department of Parks and Conservation Resources presently manages the area.
Weedon Island Preserve's name is derived from Tampa doctor and amateur archaeologist, Leslie Washington Weedon.
Weedon Island Preserve reviews
We had a pleasant afternoon here, walking on the boardwalk’s over them mangroves. This is a fair weather activity. Plenty of parking. Bathrooms available. If you’re lucky, you’ll see some wildlife...
We had a pleasant afternoon here, walking on the boardwalk’s over them mangroves. This is a fair weather activity. Plenty of parking. Bathrooms available. If you’re lucky, you’ll see some wildlife... more »
Great place to stroll. Met lovely, friendly people on our walk, saw different animals and birds. Loved the outlook tower. Enjoyed it.
Great place to stroll. Met lovely, friendly people on our walk, saw different animals and birds. Loved the outlook tower. Enjoyed it. more »
This a great place to take a hike or run. You can actually get a good 4 mile run in here on the trails, just be careful not to get lost. This is beautiful Florida in its rare form, you may see a host.... more
This a great place to take a hike or run. You can actually get a good 4 mile run in here on the trails, just be careful not to get lost. This is beautiful Florida in its rare form, you may see a host.... more »
Absolutely worth coming here. I went about 2 hours before a storm and had to cut my visit short because there is just so much trailing to do. The views, the trails, the wildlife, everything is amazing. The observation decks and towers are great, and the Cultural Center is impressive for what I've seen in other parks. A great experience, would recommend heavily. Its free too, and you can donate in the center.
Great trails and boardwalk. However I went over the holiday so the main center was closed, meaning they had no bathrooms available at all, and I only saw 1 trashcan. The park is free and parking seemed easy enough. It's definitely big stroller friendly just watch out for the wasps on the board walk.
This is a local gem. Lots of walking trails, there is also a visitor center/ museum type of place you can visit during certain hours. It’s very nice to come here for peace and quiet. See some local wildlife such as gopher tortoises, armadillos, many local birds to watch. There is also a kayak launching and rental within Weedon Island. I am so lucky to live so close to this beautiful place.
We visited the island preserve today and found it to be very close to downtown st. Pete. Fifteen minute drive at most. There were no entrance fees. There were several parking areas available with plenty of space for parking. We saw several groups of people gathering near the parking area. One group was a guided walking tour and there were several people interested in taking the tour. Another group that gathered seems to be a fun run type of event that seemed very well organized. The walking paths seems very well kept. We walked for quite a distance and found a overlook over the water, where you could see the fish from above. One highlight was walking to the overlook tower, that stood a few stories high. Seemed well built and we climbed to the top using the stairs where we found wonderful lookout position. We could see St. Petersburg, Tampa and so much more. There was a map with arrows that points to the landmarks in the distance at the top of the lookout. We also saw a boat ramp where several small watercraft and paddle boards were launching from. Rest rooms were available. We really enjoyed our walk and it's probably best to be there early in the summer before the heat starts. We plan to go back there soon and have fun again at this wonderful place.
Absolutely beautiful trails! Some have very nice boardwalks and one leads to a GREAT lookout tower too! There is soooo much to be seen there, so many lookout points too! Definitely a great place kayakers, hikers, picnics, family walks. There is also a gift shop with friendly staff inside full of knowledge and willing to share what they know.
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