Weedon Island Preserve

#7 in Best Things To Do in St. Petersburg, FL
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Key Info

1800 Weedon Drive NE

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing, Sports, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Weedon Island Preserve spans 3,190 acres and comprises aquatic and upland ecosystems. Visitors can take a variety of guided hikes, walk the boardwalks through tidal flats and mangrove forests and fish on the pier. Located deep within the preserve, the Cultural and Natural History Center features an exhibit gallery called "Connecting People and Place" that encourages visitors to reconnect with the environment through 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. The center also offers interpretive hikes, workshops and other programs. The hours are Thursday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Recent travelers raved about kayaking the mangroves and bird-watching on the boardwalk. Fishing and picnicking are also popular activities at the preserve. The fishing pier and outlying oyster bars are ideal for catching sea trout, snook and sheepshead. And the four picnic areas and pavilion are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The preserve is open every day from 7 a.m. to dusk. The exact closing time is posted daily at the entrance. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. Visit the official website for additional information about the Weedon Island Preserve.

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The park is also one of the best places in St. Petersburg to visit the beach. The popular North Beach is recognizable by the large pirate ship playground near its entrance and the myriad of seashells and white sand dollars along its sands. At the waterfront, travelers can also rent a canoe or kayak and navigate the 2-mile paddling trail or try fishing. Recent visitors raved about everything there is to enjoy at the park, especially the lengthy dog beach.

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