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Weedon Island Preserve, St. Petersburg
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The Weedon Island Preserve is an archaeological area near St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. It is located on 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The preserve, owned by the state, is leased to Pinellas County. The county's Department of Environmental Management/Environmental Lands Division manages the area. The name for a period in southeastern Native American history, Weeden Island culture, was derived (with a misspelling) from the area. On June 13, 1972, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.Recreational activities and amenitiesThere are two canoeing/kayaking trails in the preserve, and four-and-a-half miles of nature trails for hiking. Other activities include fishing and picnicking.A 3,000-foot boardwalk leads visitors to a 45 foot observation tower, usable for bird and wildlife viewing. With favorable weather conditions, one can see much of the Preserve and Tampa Bay from this tower, as well as the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg.
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  • We are always looking for free things to do while on vacation. So glad we came upon Weedon Island Preserve. When we first arrived we visited the center. We decided to walk along the boardwalk to the o...  more »
  • Escape the beach crowds and dead to this lovely paddle trail in a pretty mangrove preserve. I enjoyed SUPing in the protected shallow waters. I checked the tides and thought it was coming off a high t...  more »
  • We were happy to learn when we got to Weedon Island Preserve on a Sunday that the center is now open from 11-4 on Sundays. That information is now on their website, but it was not at the time we visit...  more »