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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Ashley W
"Best Day Ever "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2017 NEW
We had visited Discovery Cove 15 yrs ago and got to return again this year. It was fabulous 15 yrs ago and it’s even more wonderful now. My 7 year old loves snorkeling and dolphins are his favorite animal, so this was the highlight of his vacation to Florida (as well as all the adults in our group). Amazing, friendly, helpful and kind staff. Easy to navigate to the park from our vacation rental, as well as inside the park itself. Contrary to other parks (like Disney and Universal) Discovery Cove did not feel crowded or overwhelming; in fact it felt super relaxing. All inclusive food and drinks are wonderful and make it feel even more special and relaxing. Several animals (marmosets, tropical birds, tropical fish, sharks, dolphins, an ant eater, armadillo and a sloth) to see and learn about; staff is super knowledgeable about the animals and the park. Highly recommend this park and will definitely be returning, in fact it is the only park I would care to return to in Orlando.
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Steve D
"Abuse of mammals _Please, stop going!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2017 NEW
Dolphins are kept hungry in order to be compliant. This is 2017, not 1917, this is barbaric. They deserve to be in the ocean.
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Newmarket, Canada
"What an amazing experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2017 NEW
We spent the day here during our vacation. The price seems a little high when booking but when you factor in what you get for your money, it's virtually free! All inclusive food and drink all day, and 14 days at Seaworld/ Aquatica around your visit all makes the price more palatable. You don't even need to bring anything with you. Most of the things you will need are provided, including wetsuits and lockers. I'm a big dude and the wetsuit fit me no problem. There are lots of them. The park itself is beautiful and you could easily forget where you were- thinking that you were on a private island. It's such a well thought out park. The dolphin swim looked ok from the side- we did not do this. However, the Seaventure underwater walk was amazing and I would recommend it in a heartbeat. The staff were all very supportive and made sure everyone was safe and enjoying it. I'd definitely pay to do it again. The lazy river is well designed, with you being able to hop out and back in again at most of the other attractions. We did it 6 or 7 times during the day! My only complaint about it would be the floor surface. it goes from dep (8ft) to shallow in a very small amount of time and caused several scraped knees from what I could see. I get that it's a non slip surface and is there for safety but until you learn where they start and stop, it can be painful! The aviary is a definite must see with lots of beautiful birds. You are given food for them and are allowed to feed any bird that will come to you with it. Overall, this was a magical day. Is it pricey? Sure. But well worth the money for what you get.
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Suzanne S
"Best day ever"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2017 NEW
Did the dolphin swim. It was our favourite day. Place wasn't busy free food and drink all day.. snorkeling over the reef spectacular. .. a must for anyone ..
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Scott G
Poquoson, United States
"The best animal experience in town"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2017 NEW
If you love the water, marine animals and resort like amenities , then look know further. This was my family first ever experience with Discovery Cove in Orlando and what an experience it was. Where else can you swim with Stingrays in a Eco friendly habitat and stroll over to a lazy river wrapped with caves and water falls. My kids are 13 and 8, both could not get enough. The other awesome part of the experience is the endless amount of food provided with the entrance fee. You get a all you can eat breakfast/lunch and snacks throughout the day. A kids CARB dream... My son and I also paid for the underwater experience and that was fantastic. You get an up-close and personal look at the stingrays and tropical fish in their element 15-20 feet below the surface with the usage of diver like gear. Finally, the best part of it all, unlimited visits to Seaworld/Aquatica within 14 days of the initial park visit. Truly a unique experience for all and one that you will want take all the photos and Go-Pro action possible.
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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.