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“Real Nature”
Review of DuPuis Reserve

DuPuis Reserve
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Real Nature”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

This preserve is well worth a visit -- a beautiful piece of Florida's interior geography -- the part of the state many tourists don't get to see (unless there is a "mouse" or "wizard" involved). The reserve is extremely well managed by people who care about the environment, the wildlife and their community.

Visited October 2012
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STUART
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“Beautiful for the nature, beware of visitors center”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

The nature was spectacular. In the wild we saw deer, wild turkeys, hawks and an eagles nest with babies in it. It was roped off so you couldn't get too close but close enough and its good to see they are being protected. It is so beautiful out there, untouched and so "old florida". You can almost picture what it was like back in the day.
We then went to the Visitors Center which was a few miles up the road as we wanted to sign in and browse the gift store. In the brochure it said it was opened from Tuesday through Friday from 9-4. We went on a Firday. When we pulled in the gate there was a sign out that said open. The first parking area says "Employees Only" and there were 2 City type trucks and one city type car. We drove around the back where it said "visitors parking". We parked noticing that there were no other cars. This was about 10:15 AM. We walked up to the door and noticed the lights on inside but the door was locked and so were the bathrooms they advertised as being open. We rang the doorbell several times and knocked loudly but no-one came. We then walked around the back through what they call their butterfly garden, which was so overgrown with dead plants, there was nother pretty about it. We then took the small nature trail, about a 10 minute walk and again all dead vegetation, and nothing to see. It is all very unkept and doesn't appear that anyone ever works on it. As we walked back by the door to the center we noticed that the lights inside were now out. We got in our car and drove around the front towards the exit and discovered the gate was closed and and locked! One of the County trucks was gone. So apparently whoever had been there left without checking the visitors parking lot and locked the gate. We tried to call the number in the brochure but I had to leave a message on a machine. So if you are caught there without a phone or a husband like mine you could be locked in a long time. Not a very good situation. So I would have to say I recommend the Reserve area but stay far away from the "Visitors Center"

Visited February 2012
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