Weedon Island Preserve is an expansive 3,190-acre natural area located on Tampa Bay. This coastal system, comprised of aquatic and upland ecosystems, is home to numerous species of native plants and animals, an educational facility and a rich cultural history. Indigenous peoples occupied this site for thousands of years. Today, the preserve protects this wide diversity of natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. Weedon Island Preserve is also a well-known birding and fishing site. Nestled deep within the preserve is the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center. Dedicated to reconnecting people with the environment, the center offers interpretive hikes, workshops, exhibits and other programs for public enjoyment. Free Admission! – Donations Welcome. Center Hours: Open Thursday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Closed Sunday – Closed all county observed holidays. Preserve Hours: Open daily, 7 a.m. to time posted (approximately 15 minutes before sunset). Daily closing time is posted at the entrance to the preserve. Weedon Island Preserve is closed on the day after Thanksgiving and Dec. 25.