Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (Eleuthera)

#13 in Best Things To Do in Bahamas
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Courtesy of Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve

Key Info

Price & Hours

$10 for adults; $6 for kids 13 and younger
8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily

Details

Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Hiking Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Named for Leon Levy, a Bahamian with an interest in Eleuthera's plant life, this lush oasis is filled with beautiful flora, ranging from orchids and mangroves to palm trees and cactuses, to name a few. All can be viewed from the miles of trails that weave throughout the 25-acre national park. Some of the trails include The Mangrove Boardwalk, which takes visitors through a mangrove forest that would otherwise be inaccessible, and the Medicinal Plant Trail, a pathway that showcases plants used to treat various ailments. 

Recent visitors found the nature center to be beautiful and really enjoyed taking in the various flora present. Others were delighted with how well-maintained the grounds were, especially the informative signage, and how kind, friendly and knowlegeable the on-site staff were. Some did note that insects are present in the area and say visitors should utilize bug spray or (if weather permits) wear long sleeves and pants.

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A visit to the national park costs $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (ages 60 and older) and $6 for children younger than 13. On-site facilities include a welcome center, a gift shop and an open-air pavilion for kids educational programs. To reach the preserve, visitors will need to drive or take a taxi about two and a half miles miles southeast of central Governor's Harbour. The property is located off of Banks Road. Check out the park's website for additional information.

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