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Weedon Island Preserve

This huge Tampa Bay preserve is an important archeological site and offers plenty of outdoor activities.

Although it’s only a 20-minute drive from downtown St. Petersburg, Weedon Island Preserve feels like it’s a thousand miles away. Come here to appreciate a vast landscape of unspoiled aquatic and wetland ecosystems. Weedon Island Preserve is a peaceful place suited to a relaxed day-trip. If you feel like getting active, hike the boardwalk trails and spot wildlife such as herons, turtles and lizards.

Begin your visit at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, which is free to enter. Explore the interactive exhibits that aim to teach you about Florida’s natural past, or participate in a workshop. Stock up on maps and supplies and find out about the hikes.

The boardwalks provide 2 miles (3 kilometers) of manageable hiking routes for visitors and are suitable for prams and wheelchairs. The boardwalks cut through mangrove forests and tidal flats, which is an excellent way to view the creatures that live in these habitats without getting your feet wet.

To increase your chances of spotting the wildlife, head to the 45-foot (13-meter) tall observation tower on the west boardwalk route. Another recommended hiking trail is the Boy Scout Loop, which leads you through pine flatwoods and past giant oaks. Rent a canoe or kayak to see the trail from a different perspective.

Go fishing on the pier and try to land sheepshead, jack or snook. Find more details about fishing on the website prior to your visit, or ask the staff at the Cultural and Natural History Center.

In 2011, a prehistoric canoe was extracted from the shoreline. If Native American history is of interest to you, speak to someone at the Cultural and Natural History Center to see if there are any archeological digs or lectures happening.

Weedon Island Preserve is accessible daily from early morning to just before sunset. The Cultural and Natural History Center is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. To get to the preserve, drive northeast from downtown St. Petersburg, a trip of about 10 miles (16 kilometers).


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St. Petersburg, FL
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Toussie Terrace, this historic vacation home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Derby Lane and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Weedon Island Preserve. Vinoy Park and Sunken Gardens are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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    6638 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Fossil Park, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Sawgrass Lake Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Derby Lane. Vinoy Park and Salvador Dali Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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      St. Petersburg, FL
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Shore Acres, this vacation home is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Tampa Bay and within 6 mi (10 km) of Vinoy Park and Salvador Dali Museum. Sunken Gardens and Jannus Live are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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        Modern Renovated Home in Great Area With Game Room

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        St. Petersburg, FL
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly St. Petersburg vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sawgrass Lake Park and Derby Lane. Vinoy Park and Spa Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          St Pete Condo 1bed/1bath - Convenient Location to St. Pete/clearwater/tampa
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          St. Petersburg, FL
             
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            Situated in St. Petersburg, this historic condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Derby Lane and Tampa Bay. Weedon Island Preserve is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

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            7141 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, this motel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Derby Lane and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Sawgrass Lake Park. Vinoy Park and Sunken Gardens are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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              875 94th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sunken Gardens, Great Explorations Children's Museum, and Tropicana Field. Museum of Fine Arts and Salvador Dali Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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