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“Beautiful and tranquil retreat”

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
Ranked #1 of 44 things to do in Eleuthera
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Designed as a showcase for native plants and their importance to the people of The Bahamas, the Preserve features gardens and wetlands designed by world-renowned landscape architect, Raymond Jungles, as well as trails through over 20 acres of natural areas. Walk with nature in this sanctuary for over 300 species of native plants, 65 species of birds, and 100 species of medicinal plants. The Preserve is operated by the Bahamas National Trust and funded by the Leon Levy Foundation. It was developed by Shelby White, trustee of the Foundation, in honour of her late husband, Leon Levy. The Preserve is the first national park on the island of Eleuthera.
Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful and tranquil retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Very helpful staff and beautifully kept trails make this a must see attraction when visiting Eleuthera. Camilla offered us bug spray and took a lot of time explaining things to my 2 granddaughters

Visited June 2013
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Denver, CO
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“interesting place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

a nice change from the beach scene. long trails through the preserve some can be quite steep. probably not a good place to bring small kids or strollers. the lookout tower is a nice touch and the 360 view looking over the tree tops is really cool, but it is a hike to get to. entrance fee is just 5 bucks which is totally worth it.

Visited June 2013
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Portland, Maine
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55 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“One of the Best Nature Preserves!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

We spent about two hours here walking the delightful trails and learning about the plants of the island. This was well worth it! The preserve is still being constructed and the folks there are very knowledgeable and accommodating. We would definitely return!

Visited April 2013
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Seattle
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214 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“There's more to Eleuthra than beaches”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

We love the beaches but this is a great diversion. This preserve is not so much an effort to preserve the plants at this location, but an effort to build an environment of native plant life of the Bahamas. Lots of plants have been brought in and lots of foreign invasive plants have been removed. I especially liked the epiphytes and orchids. Only a few orchids we're in bloom but they were fun to look for. I also liked the approach of telling some of the natural history of the Bahamas through the medicinal uses for many of the plants. The trail is not difficult and can be done in sandals. The trail has a fair bit of up and down but not that much elevation change. Take your time and keep your eyes open.

Visited April 2013
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Burlington, Vermont
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice walk”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2013

Enjoyed the walk through the mangrove and boardwalk - it is very beautiful and if you are a plant lover then don't miss this one!

Visited April 2013
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