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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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Lodging Near Weedon Island Preserve

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6015 17th Street NE Home 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

6015 17th Street NE Home 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Home

6015 17th Street NE, St. Petersburg
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in St. Petersburg, this cottage is close to Weedon Island Preserve, Great Explorations Children's Museum, and Sunken Gardens. Local attractions also include Derby Lane.

4/2 Private House Close to Beaches, Tampa, Downtown St. Pete and Clearwater ?

4/2 Private House Close to Beaches, Tampa, Downtown St. Pete and Clearwater ?

260 74th Ave NE, St. Petersburg
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the city center, this vacation home is close to Weedon Island Preserve, Derby Lane, and Sawgrass Lake Park. Area attractions also include Salvador Dali Museum and Great Explorations Children's Museum.

New! 4BR St Petersburg Home W/private Outdoor Pool

New! 4BR St Petersburg Home W/private Outdoor Pool

7460 1st Street North, St. Petersburg
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in St. Petersburg, this vacation home is close to Weedon Island Preserve, Derby Lane, and Sawgrass Lake Park. Area attractions also include Salvador Dali Museum and Great Explorations Children's Museum.

Siesta Inn

Siesta Inn

7141 4th Street North, St. Petersburg
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in St. Petersburg, this motel is close to Sawgrass Lake Park, Weedon Island Preserve, and Derby Lane. Area attractions also include Salvador Dali Museum and Great Explorations Children's Museum.

La Quinta Inn & Suites St Petersburg Northeast

La Quinta Inn & Suites St Petersburg Northeast

6638 4th St N, St. Petersburg
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sawgrass Lake Park, Great Explorations Children's Museum, and Sunken Gardens. Derby Lane is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

Perfect Home For Vacation or Business Travelers

Perfect Home For Vacation or Business Travelers

5698 Pershing St NE, St. Petersburg
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is close to Weedon Island Preserve, Great Explorations Children's Museum, and Sunken Gardens. Local attractions also include Sawgrass Lake Park and Derby Lane.

Comfort Inn & Suites Northeast - Gateway

Comfort Inn & Suites Northeast - Gateway

875 94th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in St. Petersburg, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Derby Lane and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sunken Gardens and Great Explorations Children's Museum. Sawgrass Lake Park and Feather Sound Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

3BR w/ Pool Close to Downtown St. Pete & Waterways

3BR w/ Pool Close to Downtown St. Pete & Waterways

1374 40th Ave NE, Saint Petersburg
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in St. Petersburg, this vacation home is close to Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum, Great Explorations Children's Museum, and Sunken Gardens. Local attractions also include The Pier and Museum of Fine Arts.