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The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is a 30-acre botanical garden located in Eleuthera, The Bahamas. Managed by The Bahamas National Trust, it is a living part of Bahamian history and was the first national park on the island of Eleuthera.

The Preserve is the fulfilment of the vision of longtime residents Leon Levy and Shelby White, who loved the natural environment and way of life on Eleuthera. Shelby wanted to celebrate her husband’s devotion to the island while contributing to a better future for all Eleutherans and founded The Preserve in 2003.

ADMISSION INFORMATION

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Hours Of Operation
Open every day,
8am - 4pm

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Adults: $11
Seniors (60+): $8
Children (3 - 12): $8
BNT Members: Free

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Banks Road,
Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera

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Top highlights of touring a world-class
botanical garden

Levy Preserve Highlights explore the preserve

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botanical garden
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what people are saying about us

Caroline F
Caroline F
February 1, 2023
A wonderful hike! Enjoyed learning more about the history of the Bahamas, the indigenous people, the native vegetation/plants and how they evolved. We didn't think our visit would be so long but we took our time reading all the informative signs. Feeding the turtles was delightful and we enjoyed the quiet hike through the property, especially climbing the tower for spectacular views of the area! Keisha was very helpful and was kind enough to stay late as we were the last people to leave. This preserve is an absolute treasure!
Sophia M
Sophia M
January 14, 2023
Outstanding! Beautiful preserve, well planned and organized. Learned a lot about native plants and non native as well as the history of the island and the people residing on the islands over the years. Brilliant to have Dr Ethan Freid there answering our questions!!
Hola4876
Hola4876
November 19, 2022
Beautiful Preserve This is a beautiful preserve and well worth a visit. Most of it is an easy walk, there are steps to a tower for an overview of the park. Bring water!!!
snorklefamily
snorklefamily
July 11, 2022
So well presented! We really enjoyed our visit to Levy Preserve. We wandered and explored and learned a lot! The preserve is so well organized and informative. We are thankful that it is here on Eleuthera for all to benefit from. Thank you!
Brad S
Brad S
May 29, 2022
Best thing to do on the island What an excellent nature preserve. You enter through a small visitor center where you get a good review of what's on the grounds. Then you can easily take off on your own without any guide. Each area has thorough, informative signage, and of course the plants sport name signs as well. You can tour a mangrove forest, fresh water basin, orchids, native plans, non-native plants, medicinal plants, cash plants, poisonour plants, plus enjoy a 360 degree view of the island from a small observation tower. Everything about the preserve is well-thought out and well-maintained. Plan on a good 2 hours, more if you really want to dive into the info and walk all of the trails. Who knew Eleuthera's red soil blew over the Atlantic from the Sahara Desert? Best experience on Eleuthera.
Tony M
Tony M
May 29, 2022
Great for plant lovers Great place for nature lovers. Nice hiking trails with abundance of different plant species. Be careful of what you touch. BRING BUG SPRAY! THE BUGS ARE RELENTLESS! The whole island is buggy, especially in the nature area.
Lisa H
Lisa H
May 15, 2022
Beautiful nature preserve This is a beautiful nature preserve off the beaten path! We thoroughly enjoyed hiking on the well maintained trails. The labels along the way helped us identify the gorgeous plants. We saw/heard many birds including the bananaquit, black whiskered vireo, gray kingbird and common ground dove. The only thing that would have improved our visit was more time as we only had about an hour for our visit. I would have liked to spend an hour or two more.
AmyEAlton
AmyEAlton
May 15, 2022
Excellent stop for nature lovers What what an amazing place! I was only expecting it to be so well organized and informative. There are a lot of trails to walk, lots of plaques with educational information in them. I brought my parents who enjoy walking and birding and we did not plan enough time. We spent about an hour and a half there, walking to the tower for the view and back. My mom, the birder, could have spent all day there.
ROBERT C
ROBERT C
April 9, 2022
Nicely Done. Great stop and nice place to walk. It is nice to learn about the island and all the plants that are specific to EluetheraThey have done a great job with the gardens. Don't miss it.
Christiane W
Christiane W
April 2, 2022
Great trails through beautiful nature Loved the informative signs that are posted around the pathway! Great encounter with nature in a beautiful setting.

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We are a non-profit, non-government, membership organization that relies on donations to continue conserving and protecting the Bahamian environment. Make a donation today to support The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve and areas around The Bahamas.