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Discovery Cove, Orlando

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Must see · Water Park · Theme Park
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Swim with bottlenose dolphins at Discovery Cove, a theme park that provides a more relaxing experience than the nearby mammoth entertainment complexes. You can interact with exotic birds in the free-flight aviary or explore the tranquil world of private beaches and heated outdoor pools. The park also contains a coral reef, where you can use the provided equipment to snorkel with thousands of tropical fish. To see the park's highlights quickly, take a boat ride down a tropical river running through the aviary and past sandy beaches, waterfalls, and rainforests. The park only admits a limited number of guests each day, so make your reservations well in advance. Add Discovery Cove and other attractions to your Orlando trip itinerary using our Orlando trip planning tool.
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  • So there's a saying, everybody burns at Discovery cove that's because the sun cream is beyond useless, a week into the holiday, using my own suncream (trusty p20) no sunburn until the day at... 
    So there's a saying, everybody burns at Discovery cove that's because the sun cream is beyond useless, a week into the holiday, using my own suncream (trusty p20) no sunburn until the day at...  more »
  • Just did Discovery Cove this weekend 5/21. Arrived at 830am and it was a small line. We checked in and were done by 9am. We did not get our wet suits first. There were plenty of suits so I'm not sure....  more
    Just did Discovery Cove this weekend 5/21. Arrived at 830am and it was a small line. We checked in and were done by 9am. We did not get our wet suits first. There were plenty of suits so I'm not sure....  more »
  • Discovery Cove is sort of themed to be an idealized tropical island. There are sandy beaches, a "lazy river", an aviary, and a reef to snorkel in. This is very different from a regular theme park and....  more
    Discovery Cove is sort of themed to be an idealized tropical island. There are sandy beaches, a "lazy river", an aviary, and a reef to snorkel in. This is very different from a regular theme park and....  more »
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  • We had a perfect day today. We were nervous about it being too cold. It was 37 degrees when we arrived at 7:00am. There were heaters to keep everyone warm and locker rooms etc. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable, recommending how to best spend our day and stay warm. As an animal lover, I was mostly concerned about how the dolphins were cared for and how much space they had. I was pleasantly surprised that the groups were kept small and the dolphins were healthy and well cared for including plenty of room. The experience was easy for all (kids, grandparents) and quick and the trainers were flexible with the dolphins. Two fun pools with additional warm water options. I am cold all of the time and this was manageable and wetsuits helped immensely. The ray reef was large and relaxing. I will be back. My only mistake is I forgot to bring water shoes. Recommend them for sure.
  • This place is absolutely beautiful. We swam with the dolphins and it was a priceless moment with my family. The staff was very nice and patient with us during the dolphin swim. I have a 6 year old and the staff member had the dolphin swim in more shallow water for her. They answered all of our questions and the dolphins was so friendly. The river was nice and relaxing to float down, but there are some drop offs that reach 8 feet. One pool you could swim around with fish and sting rays. The breakfast and lunch was very good as well. They had a great selection. They provide life jackets, floating noodles, snorkeling gear, sunscreen, drinks, and snacks. The only things I didn't care for was that, before the dolphin swim, they tell you to take off all your jewelry. I think that should be told when you are getting your passes for the day because we missed half of the presentation before the dolphin swim to go put our jewelry in the locker. Also, I purchased the pictures from the dolphin swim and we are missing photos of a person from our group.
  • Overall - a pleasant day, with just a few shortcomings. The food needs to be improved for the price one pays for this all inclusive resort. Though the lunch meal was better than the breakfast meal, it needs to be better quality and a better selection of meals and snacks. The snacks they offer throughout the park, did not include any fruits, like a banana or apple. And the prepackaged snacks did not have too many choices. The park itself was nice. Attentive employees at all water locations. Most were pleasant to speak with. A bit of overcrowding in the snorkeling area, sometimes made it hard to enjoy the fish and sea mammals below us, but the lazy river offered more space, when more people were present. The Aviary was fun, to see the birds and have them eat from the cup in your hand. Living in Florida for over 13 years, and this being our first time here. We will probably try it again in the future and see if some things have changed.
  • We had a blast there. Wife and I took grandson here. He enjoyed it very much. He got to swim all day and loved that. All the food and drink you want is included. Including beer and wine. I highly recommend getting a cabana. Was well worth the money. They do need to up their food game though. I realize they are trying to feed a lot of people but, for the money you are putting out, the food could be better. Snacks also could be better. Two different kinds of chips, cheese-it's and oranges are what we got. The girl who was our "cabana girl" Gabby, she was awesome. She was always there for more drinks, towels or anything else she could help with. Way to go Gabby. Keep up the great job.
  • ABSOLUTELY GREAT! AMAZING! It was our 1st time at the park and was extremely impressed. We had a great and memorable time. Everything about the place exceeded our expectations. Swimming with the Dolphin was so fun and a great experience. The food was exceptionally fantastic. Plenty to do. You will never be bored. Great service and the staff was awesome! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PARK. You will not be disappointed well worth the money and WE WILL RETURN to have more fun. Thank you for making it great! See you soon again!

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