We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Phone Number:
+1 727-453-6500
Website
Tuesday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Weedon Island Preserve is an expansive 3,190-acre natural area located on...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 340 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 203
    Excellent
  • 110
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Natural Florida waterfront

The real Florida on the bay is not manicured lawns, concrete bulkheaded waterfronts. It is thick groves of mangroves, their twisted, entangled exposed roots rising out of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Markkamleiter
,
St. Petersburg, Florida
Add Photo Write a Review

340 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 339: English reviews
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The real Florida on the bay is not manicured lawns, concrete bulkheaded waterfronts. It is thick groves of mangroves, their twisted, entangled exposed roots rising out of the water, with masses of branches and leaves low to the water. In the protection of these curved roots is the hatchery of most of Florida's sea life. Visit Weedon Island and rent... More 

Helpful?
Thank Markkamleiter
Level Contributor
28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Weedon Island Preserve offers many options fro you and your family to experience Florida's natural beauty. Start your adventure at the museum. Kids and adults alike can learn about the history of Weedon Isands and the flora and fauna that make it so unique. The museum included interactive exhibits and plenty of hands on activities to keep little ones entertained.... More 

Helpful?
Thank jessicakV3862ME
Toronto
Level Contributor
36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This seems much farther from the busy city than you would expect. We enjoyed the walk along the extensive boardwalk through the mangrove forest but there really wasn't a lot to see. We saw a few birds but no mammals and the views were really just thick vegetation and small lagoons. The cultural centre is not open every day and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Toronto_Don
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Weedon Island is a bit off the beaten path which is what makes it great. It has beautiful surrounding, there are a variety of birds to see. Depending on where you are in the park, you might see a gator, snakes or turtles sunning themselves. The park is also a good place to exercise. Or your can unleash your creative... More 

Helpful?
Thank shawnjackson33742
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Besides an excellent visitors center, kayaking is wonderful here and bird watchers will think they have died and gone to Heaven. Great hikes for all ages.

Helpful?
Thank maryellennelson
Toronto
Level Contributor
48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived early afternoon with mother and her friends. The plan was that I was going to kayak and they were going to walk the trails. Went to rent a kayak ( all rentals thru Sweetwater Kayaks on site--10% off coupon available at their store on Gandy Blvd) Cost was $40 (before coupon) for the afternoon. No parking at rental site... More 

Helpful?
Thank Susanne D
New Port Richey, Florida
Level Contributor
154 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I always enjoy paddling in the Weedon Island area. If the tide is high (check the tides before you go) you can paddle the entire marked canoe trail. There is a tree canopy on lots of the trail so it is great any time of year. The put in area is very nice and there are clean restroom facilities. Parking... More 

Helpful?
Thank Florida_Pat2010
St. Petersburg, Florida
Level Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Nice canoe/kayaking trails through the mangroves. Great fishing. Perfect place to get away to nature without having to go to far.

Helpful?
Thank Scot r
Brandon, Florida
Level Contributor
362 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Beautiful park with a great boardwalk, trails and areas to kayak. Well kept and a gem. Especially nice in cooler weather, come enjoy nature!

Helpful?
Thank kmatos
Fairfax, Virginia
Level Contributor
38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I didn't have the time to kayak but I did walk the trail by the nature center. The trial can take 30-60 minutes depending on your pace. It has a couple good overlooks. There's little tiny black crabs on the trees on posts but they scurry away quickly. This is a good place to go look at the scenery for... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tiffany B
WeedonIslandPreserve, Manager at Weedon Island Preserve, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. The photos you took of the Preserve are beautiful! More 

Travellers who viewed Weedon Island Preserve also viewed

 

Been to Weedon Island Preserve? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Weedon Island Preserve and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
over a year ago
St. Petersburg, Florida
over a year ago

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Weedon Island Preserve staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?