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Attractions Details

📌 Address

6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

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"Make sure to book a dolphin swim experience early in the day at Discovery Cove, as the water can be cooler and the dolphins more playful. Also, visit the aviary right after it opens when the birds are most active and you'll likely have the place to yourself."

What is Discovery Cove?

Discovery Cove is an exclusive tropical oasis in Orlando where you get the chance to swim with dolphins, snorkel among vibrant fish, and unwind on sandy beaches. It's more than just a theme park; it's a unique experience designed to immerse you in a natural environment that feels both thrilling and serene at the same time. Because of its all-inclusive offerings, from food to activities, it presents an unbelievable contrast to the usual hustle of theme parks. It's a place where you can intimately interact with sea life and even hand-feed exotic birds.

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History of Discovery Cove

Opened in July 2000 by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Discovery Cove was created as a companion to the larger SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando parks. Its opening expanded the offerings of the company beyond shows and rides to more interactive and intimate wildlife experiences. From the outset, Discovery Cove has maintained a low-capacity approach, limiting the number of visitors each day to ensure a more personal and enjoyable experience. Over the years, it's evolved with new attractions and animal interactions, cementing its reputation as a unique getaway.

Why is Discovery Cove Important?

Discovery Cove stands out because it offers a much-needed respite from the non-stop stimulation typical of theme parks. The limited daily attendance creates a sense of exclusivity and provides a more relaxed atmosphere where guests don't need to rush or wait in long lines. It's significant not only as a tranquil escape but as an educational hub where guests can learn about marine life through direct engagement. This park celebrates conservation and allows guests to develop a deeper appreciation for the creatures with whom we share our planet.

Things to Do & See at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is brimming with activities that cater to all tastes and ages. Ever dreamt of swimming with dolphins? The Dolphin Lagoon grants you that wish. Or perhaps you're more enticed by the idea of floating down the Wind-Away River, which meanders through lush landscapes, under cascading waterfalls, and through an underwater cave. If you're an avid snorkeler or looking for somewhere to start, The Grand Reef offers encounters with tropical fish and graceful rays in a safe and beautiful environment.

  • Serenity Bay: a pristine freshwater swimming area where you can relax and soak in the sun.
  • Explorer's Aviary: home to hundreds of exotic birds that you can feed and observe.
  • Freshwater Oasis: featuring playful otters and marmosets with inches-deep water for wading and observing.

When hunger strikes, there are no worries about additional costs, as the all-inclusive day resort provides breakfast, lunch, and unlimited snacks and drinks. And finally, a day at Discovery Cove wouldn't be complete without time spent at the beach—just lounging, building a sandcastle, or simply reveling in the peacefulness that is so rare amidst the buzz of Orlando's theme park corridor.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Discovery Cove in Orlando?

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort in Orlando, Florida, where visitors can swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, and experience up-close encounters with a variety of marine animals.

Do you need to make a reservation to visit Discovery Cove?

Yes, guests need to make a reservation to visit Discovery Cove. The park limits attendance to about 1300 guests per day to ensure a more intimate and immersive experience.

What activities are included with admission to Discovery Cove?

Admission to Discovery Cove includes a dolphin swim (if session is chosen), unlimited access to snorkeling with fish and rays, hand-feeding exotic birds in the aviary, and the opportunity to relax on sandy beaches. Meals, snacks, and drinks are also included throughout the day.

Can children visit Discovery Cove, and are there any age restrictions for interactions with dolphins?

Children can visit Discovery Cove, but there are age restrictions for certain activities. For the dolphin swim experience, participants must be at least 6 years old, and children between the ages of 6 and 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who is also participating in the dolphin swim.

What health and safety measures are in place at Discovery Cove due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Discovery Cove has implemented increased health and safety measures, including enhanced cleaning protocols, physical distancing practices, face-covering requirements for employees, and capacity limitations to ensure guest safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specific measures may change, so it's best to check the official website or contact the park directly for the most current information.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

Opening Hours

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Varies

Find it on google maps