10000 Gandy Blvd. North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33702 * (727) 570-4844 * Email us at TheShop@SweetwaterKayaks.com

Rentals – NOW 7 Days A Week

Sweetwater Kayaks is proud to be the ONLY AUTHORIZED provider of kayak and Standup Paddleboards (SUP) for Weedon Island Preserve.

Call the shop at 727-570-4844 for reservations or information.

Weedon Island Preserve, Cultural and Natural History Center
1800 Weedon Drive NE
St. Petersburg, Florida 33702





To get on the water faster, complete the rental form, and bring it with you.

Kayak Rentals*
Sweetwater Kayaks offers hourly, half day, or longer rentals (see below). Reservations are available, for daily and half day rentals. Walk-up rentals are also available; however, they are subject to boat availability.
Weekend Rental Rates* and Times
Self guided 4 hour paddling begins at 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations offered, walk-up’s welcome.  Last rentals to launch at 3:00 p.m. All rentals are due back by 5:00 p.m.
Hourly 4 hour
One person Kayak $17.00 $40.00
Two  person Kayak $25.00 $56.00
Stand Up Paddle Board $20.00 $50.00
Weekday Rental Rates* and Times
Rates same as above. Rentals begin at 10:00 a.m. Last kayak rental and launch at 3:00 p.m. ALL rentals are due back by 5:00 p.m.
*You’ll receive faster service if you will call us in advance. Please bring a cell phone with you. Contact the store for more information . We can be reached at 727-570-4844. Have a great trip!!

Local Weather Information

Here is the marine forecast for the Saint Petersburg / Tampa Bay area, current temperatures around the state, and the extended seven day forecast for the Saint Petersburg / Tampa Bay area courtesy of BayNews9’s website. For accurate tidal information for Weedon Island, please click here.

For additional information, including extended forecasting for wind direction, wind speed, and a chance of rain by the hour, visit NOAA’s site.

Check out the following links for local weather information:

Marine Forecast from BayNews9.

Current Temperatures from BayNews9.

Seven Day Forecast from BayNews9.

Maps and Tidal Information

Map to Weedon Island Preserve

Local Tide Chart for Weedon Island area. (Adjust date as necessary).

Sweetwater Kayaks’ rental location is just south of the Cultural Center on Weedon Island


  • What should you bring?
    2. We provide paddles and personal floatation device (PFDs).
    3. Dress for the weather in quick drying clothing
    4. Cell phone (we provide small dry bag if needed)
    5. Hat and / or sunglasses with a strap that floats.
    6. Closed toed sandals, old tennis shoes, or water shoes.
    7. Sunscreen & bug spray
    8. Emergency medications
    9. Dry bag or box
    10. Water for drinking.
  • Can we kayak in the rain? What about wind? Read our policy on weather conditions.


The pictures represent the basic types of kayaks. The actual models may vary.

This kayak is very user friendly and is great for the whole family. Just hop on and paddle away! Only singles are available. Limited availability.

Recreational Kayak
These kayaks have large open cockpits which are easy to get in and out of. They are generally wider and are more stable. They are actually more stable than sit-on-top kayaks.

Tandem (for two people) Recreational Kayak
Double your fun with is kayak. A single, wide open cockpit design gives this tandem a canoe-like appearance. Just as an F.Y.I. the RTM Brio, pictured here, also has a small jump seat in front of the rear seat. This enables two people plus a small child to occupy the same boat.

Paddle Board offered

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