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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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  • Husband found info on this preserve online and we decided to check it out. We live about an hour south of St. Pete. The information center was very informative and the volunteer (forgot to get his nam...  more »
  • This preserve has a number of boardwalks and trails. There is also a pier that you can fish from. This is a nice quiet place to get out and check out nature. 
  • Had a fantastic time with a whole bunch of my friends kayaking through the mangroves in Weedon Island a few weekends ago! Free to get in, the day was perfect, and we had so much fun!