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Discovery Cove Orlando in Orlando, FL

6000 Discovery Cove WayOrlando, FL 32821
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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.


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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Doylestown, Ohio
"You'll Never Want To Leave "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
This is a place & experience that will be unforgettable. THIS IS A MUST!!! Put it at the top of your list! My husband literally said, "this is awesome" when we swam with the sting rays. I was speechless & breathless from the whole beauty of all the animals. Trust me when I say that the food was AMAZING. I personally preferred the vest vs the wet suit. Idk if I got the wrong size each of the 5 times I changed into or what but do yourself a favor & just wear the vest. It's easier when you have to use the bathroom too. The Wind-Away River was exactly what we needed to relax. We went through it twice!! The Explorer's Aviary was amazing. I'm terrified of birds flying over me but that fear was nonexistent when you have the most beautiful & exotic birds land on your arm to eat! I can go on & on but just go experience this yourself!! SERIOUSLY!
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Larry F
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
"Why haven't we done this before? Awesome deal!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
Our visit here came about because one of our 9-person party wanted to go snorkeling at the beach while visiting Orlando. A quick search turned up this spot, but it's so much more than just snorkeling! The $169 ticket not only included everything needed to enjoys the day here, including breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks including beer and alcohol, but also gave us a day at SeaWorld and Aquatica within 14 days of our reservation! (Add $60 to get the dolphin swim time, about 30-40 min in the water interacting; six of our party participated and loved it.) There are three water areas- the Grand Reef on the far end has the main snorkeling items, including schools of salt water fish, and friendly sting rays and horseshoe crabs, The middle area are the dolphin lagoons, and the area to the front-left of the entrance is the lazy river, which includes secluded in-water seating areas and interactions in an aviary and with marmosets and otters. A wonderful time was had by all, and we used the Aquatica ticket a few days later. Of note, the Discovery Cove photo-ID ticket becomes the master ticket for entrance into the other parks if you go to Discovery Cove first. I can't wait to come back and do this day again!
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Lindsey M
"Best Day Ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
Discovery Cove was so incredible. This was one of the best days of my life because I got engaged there. The dolphin visit was amazing. There is so much to do. Theres an area to snorkel or go through a lazy river. You can make stops and get off to feed the birds or little monkeys. It was seriously paradise. All food and beverages are free, including alcohol. There are even places to get a mid-day snack. They provide the wet suits, snorkels and sunscreen. They really think of it all. It was pricey but totally worth it. They even provide showers fully equipped with shampoo and deodorant to freshen up. Loved, loved, loved this place!
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Alexandria, Louisiana
"Horrible checkin"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
So this morning we started in 1 line outside Discovery Cove. At the entrance we divided into 2 lines. 25 parties behind us got served before we did because they went into the line to the right while those of us who went left stood waiting for Emma to finish her conversation with her trainee. She ignored us when we finally got to the front of the line and tried to check in with her. She finally helped the person behind us when she noticed me taking a picture of her name tag. It took us over 45 minutes to get through the door. This is unacceptable.
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Tampa, Florida
"Best Thing to do in Orlando - Great Value!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
What an incredible day we had today at Discovery Cove. I just can't say enough about this amazing gem in Orlando. We live in Tampa and thought we had done everything there is to do in town. Wow were we impressed. From the minute you arrive to the moment you leave, you are pampered. People are friendly and helpful. Once you enter, everything....I mean everything is included. The breakfast, lunch and snacks are all good. Also, it includes beer and wine along with slushies, soda etc... You cannot leave this place hungry. We started with the great reef early in the morning, a MUST do early. the water is clear and the fish are everywhere. Go before everyone stirs up the water. You have the place almost to yourself if you do this first. We have snorkeled quite a bit, and were thrilled to see so many interesting and large fish. Later, 2 of us did the dolphin encounter. It was well worth the money. It is a full 30 minutes in the water with them. It includes a dolphin pull and kiss along with lots of touching and feeding. The trainers were great and everyone left feeling like they had a great experience, without being too invasive on the animals. Next we did the lazy river. What a fabulous surprise. The river takes you into an aviary! You can get out and feed the birds, or simply float and watch the beautiful birds. The staff in the aviary is quick to get you a cup of food and the birds fly on your arms. Very cool! then you grab your noodle, get back in the water and float away back down the lazy river. This is a must do in Orlando. My favorite out of the way spot is the water lounge near the farthest snack bar and the otters. check it out!
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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.