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“Give yourself two hours for an enjoyable visit”

Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve
Ranked #1 of 45 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.
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We arrived with only an hour left until closing and realized we would rather have had a couple of hours. It is beautiful landscaped and managed, and the information is fascinating. One can wander the paths easily and learn a lot. The path up to the lookout was very interesting and worth the walk and easy climb up the stairs for a great view. Great place to go with the kids or just for adults. Don't overlook this when you go to Eleuthera, and then go to the Beach House or Tippy's for an enjoyable meal.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Loved the observation platform and the fact that they obviously went to great lengths to minimize their impact on the environment while building their paths and structures. Very informative. The falls / pools and their latest feature which displayed the edible garden were amazing. Lots of birds, critters, butterflies and native plants. Good job! Well worth a visit.

1  Thank BKStrom
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

The preserve just had a grand opening in April 2014, for a new section depicting housing and plantings from the original settlers. A food garden, a thatched hut and a water garden show how people lived many years ago. The preserve has a section showing and labeling the medicinal plants. Most are still used today. There is a section on poisonous plants. A nice tower to climb in the jungle with a fantastic view of Governor's Harbor. All in all, it was very well done and is on it's way to being even better. I enjoyed it.

1  Thank GimmeKiss
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

It was Amazing to see how trimmed Native Plants could look so good and the different Gardens such as Medicine and Poisonous Plants was a Learning Experience, The Bahamian's longevity is most likely helped by the Plant's used for Medicine and if You plan to work in the Bush You really need to know what the Poisonous Plant's look like such as Poison Wood.

1  Thank Jack260A
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We had a cool, cloudy day during our week in Eleuthera, and decided to visit the Preserve, since it was just down the road. They have done a great job marking trails through the jungle, which were fun to hike around. The exhibits, especially of the native Lucaya people and the uses of plants, were very informative. Our teens loved climbing the tower and checking out the view.

The only thing that was lacking was more information about the plants. We were given a list of plants by marker numbers, but the list only had their names. There were a lot of renovations happening while we were there, and I'm hoping more detailed information will be part of the renovations.

BTW- this was the best bargain on the island at only $5 per person. Well worth the money!

1  Thank Sue S
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