Weedon Island Preserve in St Petersburg, Florida

By Published On: June 20th, 2023

Weedon Island Preserve in St Petersburg, Florida

Published on 06/20/23: Who knows Weedon Island Preserve in St Petersburg? This expansive 3100+ acre preserve is near the top of our list when we have visitors in town – free and offers something for everyone. Plus, it’s right near the Gandy bridge, easily accessible to those in both Hillsborough and Pinellas County. Whether it’s new to you, or you simply haven’t visited for a long time, add it to your list!

My last post was all about the George C McGough Nature Park. The zip line, waterfront areas, turtles, rescued birds of prey (including a beautiful bald eagle), indoor animal exhibits, turtle lake, and more. It’s amazing for both children and adults, and all free. This next post continues on that theme, featuring Weedon Island Preserve!

Whether you’re into hiking, kayaking, bird watching, education, history, fishing, checking out native plants, or simply looking for a amazing picnic spot, you’ll find it all at Weedon. Plus, they have a very nice indoor history center (air conditioned), housing for instance a 40 foot prehistoric canoe from 1100 years ago!

I always include the Weedon Island area on my list for outdoorsy real estate clients. “I want a neighborhood with easy access for fishing, kayaking, to be more in nature.” YES, several nearby neighborhoods are surrounded by mangroves and provide easy access to Weedon.

Cost: Free entry, donations accepted

Address: 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St Pete (15 min north of downtown St Pete)

Park Hours: 7am until 15min before sunset.

Cultural & Natural History Center Hours: Thurs-Saturday 9am-4pm, Sunday 11am-4pm, Closed Mon-Wed

Restrooms: Yes

Parking: Easy, right outside the history center, plus other options, ie near the kayak launch

Kayak/Canoe/Paddleboard: launch site and rentals available through ECOmersion, 4-mile loop, self-guided paddling trail, wash station avail. Some of the areas are “tunnels” of mangroves, not your normal float trip.

Hiking and Walking: 2 miles of boardwalks and paved trails. 2.7 miles of natural trail loops, 45ft OBSERVATION TOWER (all caps for my son and others with kids), 3 observation platforms. They also offer guided hikes which can be reserved on their website here: Pinellas County Florida – Weedon Island Preserve – Guided Hikes

Gift Store: Yes, supports their cause

Bicycles Allowed: No (except on paved entrance and exit road)

Education: Field trips, classes, and camps are offered. Plus of course the history center offers much to see and learn. Lots of exhibits, plus a video on loop explaining the history of Weedon Island.

Fishing: 200-foot fishing pier

Dogs: No pets allowed

Volunteers Onsite: Yes, very friendly and enjoy sharing their love of the preserve with you.

Wildlife: We always see many birds and other wildlife while hiking around.

Wheelchair Accessible: History Center and nearly 2 miles of trails are handicap-accessible

Kids: No actual “playground”, though I consider the whole area a natural playground. Kayak, canoe, waterfront, observation tower, wildlife, etc.

Not allowed: No smoking on trails, pets, alcohol, no overnight parking, no bicycles on trails and boardwalks, no fishing from the bayside and tower boardwalks

I encourage you to visit Weedon Island Preserve!

I’m a local St Petersburg Area Realtor, with over 31K people following my LovingStPete Guide on Social Media! You’ll receive up to $10K at closing when you use my LovingStPete Team to buy or sell a property! My past includes developing a vacation rental advertising business that I ran for more than a decade, then sold to HomeAway/VRBO. I’d love to help you buy or sell a property, simply contact me.

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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