Discovery Cove Orlando in Orlando, FL

6000 Discovery Cove WayOrlando, FL 32821
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Overview

Spend your day getting up close with your favorite marine life animals. Families can swim with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, play alongside a family of otters, and so much more. Don’t forget to spend some time relaxing on Wind-Away River. Seaventure, Discovery Cove’s innovative new attraction should not be missed — it’s fun for the entire family!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Orlando Travel Experts
  • Must be at least 6 years old to swim with dolphins.
  • Mask, snorkel, towels and beach chairs provided.
  • Unlimited admission to SeaWorld® and Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark™ in Orlando for 14 consecutive days around the date of your reservation.
  • The whole family will enjoy sandy beaches, snorkeling, tropical reefs, and swimming with dolphins.
  • Delicious meals included.

Description

from Discovery Cove Orlando
Discovery Cove in Orlando is an all-inclusive day resort where you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and encounter playful otters and curious marmosets. Relax and explore rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers, and white, sandy beaches. Freshly prepared meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day and swim gear are included, plus unlimited admission to sister parks SeaWorld and Aquatica waterpark. Experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere.

Guests of all ages are welcomed at Discovery Cove. Children must be at least 6 years old to swim with dolphins. Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who also is participating in the dolphin swim experience.

Children two (2) years of age or under are currently admitted to Discovery Cove free of charge, but are required to have a reservation.





Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
Melissa E.
Nixa, MO
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Our Favorite Orlando Park by far!!!!"
July, 2016
Our day at Discovery Cove was amazing! The food was great, all the snacks and drinks you could want, a relaxing environment and the best snorkeling experience I have ever had (Hawaii included!) I wish we could have spent the whole week there. A 14 day Sea World pass was included with our tickets which just sweetened the deal!! I wish I could give it 6 stars!!
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Tip: They provide towels, snorkel and mask, wet suits and even animal friendly sunscreen!!

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Jerika Allen
Buford, GA
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Best experience EVER!!"
June, 2016
Our children were 6&8 at the time we went. We did the dolphin swim and they loved it!! The trainers were AMAZING and spent time answering the questions our 6 y/o had ( wants to be a vet / dolphin trainer, why we did this)! It totally made her day!! Having it all inclusive was awesome! As we went from area to area we could stop at the cabanas and get snacks and drinks whenever we wanted! Breakfast and lunch were also very good! The reef water was freezing (there during a tropical storm) so we only made it to our knees, but touched the rays and fish we saw! ALL the lifeguards were very friendly and genuinely seemed to like their jobs, even the ones swimming through the lazy river scooping leaves out! This is an experience you simply must do at least once!
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Tip: They operate rain or shine! The lazy river does get pretty deep at points if you have little ones or weaker swimmers!

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phamkait
Houston, Texas
"Wonderful from beginning to end. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2018 NEW
Let me start off by saying that I was very skeptical paying over $350 for two people which just included the “basic” package. But after recommendation from a coworker I jumped the gun. I did not pay for any “extras,” like the dolphin or shark things. Just the basic, wanting to explore what the park had to offer. And I was not disappointed in ANY way. From the very beginning, customer service from checking in and throughout the park was AMAZING. Staff was genuinely happy to assist and I was completely in awe with how the workers were always eager to answer any questions and with a smile. I was asked to complete a survey at the end of my day trip but decline (regret it now because I had nothing but nice things to say). There are two pools of water, the lazy river (which has noodles for you to use, no donut floaties - which I’m used to because I’m from Texas) and the reef. The reef is COLD. Had to wear a wetsuit (provided) in 82 degree weather. There are so many fish and giant stingrays that just swim all around. They are so docile! Just lazyingly swimming. Bathrooms: I was totally expecting a outdoor, not so great bathroom and shower. Boy was I surprised. The showers and bathrooms are indoors, a/c and CLEAN. Towels, Shampoo, soap and conditioner provided. They even have plastic bags to keep your dirty clothes. They think of everything! Food: I am a foodie. And I KNOW food. Definitely was expecting cold sandwiches and limp salads and I was wrong. Breakfast was eggs, BACON, French toast, fruit, cereal, milk, coffee, yogurt, pastries, and roasted potatoes. Lunch was divine. Your typical burgers, hot dogs, nuggets, but also included a pineapple chicken dish, tilapia fillets, steamed veggies, house or Caesar salads and DESSERT. Do yourself a solid and get the strawberry shortcake. And get like 3 of them because I came back for second lunch (hello, I’m a foodie) and they were out. Snacks were provided throughout the day, pretzels, chips, goldfish, 4 different flavors of ICEE and alcoholic drinks included beer, wine and pina coladas. Did I mention it was all inclusive? Everything I listed came with your admittance into the park! No paying extra!! All in all, my experience was amazing. And I would definitely recommend this to anyone coming to Orlando. I’m even trying to convince my parents to go when we visit again in the summer.
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Claire P
Andover, United Kingdom
"Amazing day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2018 NEW
Absolutely fantastic day out.. quite expensive but so worth it. Best park in Florida. Good food, excellent service and such an amazing experience :) second time I’ve been and loved every second again
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Don N
Smiths Creek, Michigan
"This Park is not for me"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2018 NEW
My kids had a great time but honestly it was a waste of a day for me. The park was poorly signed, easy to get lost or turned around. Caesar salad had no dressing, the special sunscreen was like putting on peanut butter, and hard to wash off. Pictures cost a ton. Water was cold, wet suits uncomfortable. Had to have a life vest on to even go into knee deep water???? Anyhows, Seaworld has a unique vision with what it is trying to accomplish with Dolphin Cove, the staff was great, towels accessible, refreshments everywhere. The biggest thing was my kids loved it. As for me, I will not be back to Dolphin Cove. My wife will be flying solo if the family goes back because I will be relaxing in the hot tub.....
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JPSP747
Chalfont St Peter, United Kingdom
"Very over priced for a 15 second dolphin swim, and the food is very poor - Very Disappointing"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2018 NEW
We have looked forward to our visit as we have been to orlando several times, and not been. it takes 20 mins to check in, then you are offered a very poor breakfast on plastic plates and plastic cutlery. You then get changed in the toilets / changing area into a wet suit, and then finally you can explore the cove. it is wonderful to swim with the fish, and the stingrays - this is a highlight. the dolphin siwm - the highlight - your in groups of around 10 and you get to stroke the dolphin, and kiss the dolphin, if your quick, then you get a 5 second swim on a dolphin which is great - the trainer we had simply went through his routine, then you are offered for $200 a momento of the day... what a rip off, you cant take photos as you can see from the front so you are forced to buy the over priced photos. The staff are lovely and very helpful, and always polite. Lunch was again very poor and again cheap plastic plates - unacceptable. The snacks are great, and if you want to spend the day eating cheap chips and beer then go for it. i would not recommend this for under 6 as they cant swim with the dolphin In conclusion: Its very over priced but its unique and i guess thats why its successful. Sorry but with the poor food and the very short Dolphin swim and then the over priced Dolphin swim i would look at other options.
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ccr2010
borehamwood
"Chill-out, all you can eat day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2018 NEW
Yes it is a bit pricey whether you swim with the dolphins or not. Food is included, which was lovely. Gorgeous white sand beach and you can watch others swim with dolphins. The underwater helmet experience was worth the $70 each. My daughter (10) loved it.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Discovery Cove Orlando

What are the operating hours?
Discovery cove is a full day adventure with operating hours of 8:00a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily. Check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. Dolphin interactions begin as early as 8:00 a.m. and will fluctuate seasonally.


When should I arrive?
Discovery cove is an all inclusive day resort. Breakfast begins at 7:30am to 10:30am and the water ways are open from 9am to 5:30pm. You can arrive anytime, but we suggest arriving early to take full advantage of the park. They will serve lunch from 11am to 3:30pm.

How will I know my Swim with the Dolphin time?
At check-in, they will assign you a time for your dolphin experience.

What is the age requirement to swim with the dolphins?
Children must be 6 years or older to swim with the dolphins. Ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who also is participating in the dolphin swim experience. All children under 18 years old must have a liability waiver signed by an adult.


Does my child 2 years and younger need an admission ticket?
They are free and an infant ticket will need to be added to the order.


How long is the dolphin swim experience?
The in-water dolphin experience is 30 minutes long. Beforehand, there is a short orientation session (10 minutes) led by Discovery Cove's expert Dolphin trainers to discuss safety and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions.


How much is parking?
Self-parking at Discovery Cove is complimentary.


Can my child enter the park without an adult?
You must be 15 years old to enter the park without parental supervision. Parent or Legal Guardian must sign "Authorization to Treat" forms before allowing park entry.


What should I wear to the park on the day of my program?
Guests should bring their own swimsuits, and, if they choose, water socks or rubber pool shoes, hat, sunglasses and cover-up or dry clothes. Discovery Cove provides all guests with swim vests and/or wetsuits. They will also provide you a locker.


What is the parks maximum occupancy?
The park restricts attendance to about 1,300 guests per day and so is able to provide a more intimate, resort-like experience.


What do I need to bring with me to Discovery Cove?
Discovery Cove provides a mask and snorkel, towels and beach chairs. Guests may use their own masks and snorkels if they prefer, but may not bring any other diving or swimming equipment into the park. Discovery Cove will also provide guests with a sample of specially formulated sunscreen that is safe for use in the animal habitats. Since meals, snacks and drinks are provided with admission to Discovery Cove, no other food, beverages or coolers are permitted. Guests may wish to bring books and magazines, a CD or mp3 player with headset or similar items to help them relax on the beach, and a camera to catch all of their special moments.


Are cameras allowed?
Guests may use their personal cameras and recording devices throughout the park, with the exception of the dolphin lagoons (for the safety of our animals and your photo equipment). We do, however, allow other party members to take photos and record video of the interaction from our beach areas. In addition, we provide photographers and videographers to capture your memories.


Are prescription masks available at Discovery Cove?
Discovery Cove offers special prescription masks in various strengths (near-sighted: -1 through -8 and far-sighted: 1 through 8) on a first come, first serve basis.


Are wet suits provided?
Yes. While in the water, we do require guests to wear either a wetsuit (short or long depending on the season and guests preference) or a swim vest. This ensures our lifeguards are able to see guests as they swim underwater, thus, enhancing safety. *Sizing ranges from toddlers through 18XL.


Is the park accessible to disabled guests?
Discovery Cove can accommodate guests with disabilities who are able to maneuver themselves with limited assistance (or with the aid of a personal assistant) during their dolphin experience and in the various wading locations. Discovery Cove also offers specially-designed outdoor wheelchairs with oversized tires for easy maneuvering on the beach. The wheelchairs are not self-maneuverable and guests will need assistance operating them. Wheelchairs can be reserved by calling the park in advance.


Are pets allowed?
Only service animals are allowed.