Discovery Cove, Orlando

4.8
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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 vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    And here came to Orlando to go to NASA. From 9 am to 5:30 played full. And $ 300 per person, and certainly expensive, but breakfast, in beer, lunch including drinks, wet suit, snorkel, towels and lockers all included, resulting in cheaper? I think. I went on Monday during the summer vacation period. Beds where fish and whale sharks arrived about 9:00 the morning to eat rice, you chose, but to change, should reserve a bed (lol) (going back right once more) than the shade, is recommended. Was not the option to swim with the dolphins, enjoy 1, 10. I'd bought the waterproof case put the iPhone in Japan, was inside the Park. Waterproof QuickSnap? with a little water, because of the moisture gradually shutter button is making them less effective now, so I wonder if they didn't buy. Is marine footwear had to cross the sandy area (sell) to move in and the bird zones, the foot was a little better (it, you can buy in the Park). I think one day 1000 people by word of mouth only and read, but it is not. Still, bed and dining spaces are looking for has Tobe rounded not so crowded and the waiting time will be longer. Frequent cleaning of litter box (had so many. But unobtrusive design) swap, or picking up garbage and have been very good, no complaints. Kreca information into the ID cards at the reception I'd not heard since, and was paid (buy souvenirs at the shop in the garden, etc.) consisting of ID card. Anyone else have had tickets with the name card just once may not in the family card is. Come, was really good. I think Orlando than Disney Discovery Cove's laid back, slow nice.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This was a seriously great day. Staff are super good and give you first class treatment. We swam with Dolphins and this was just fabulous. The place is just so chilled. The wind away river is so relax...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    It is a very beautiful plant, which however reaches limits as regards the amount of guest. Admission is etc. completely covered for the bid, in particular the advertised all inclusive Board. Sufficient sun loungers are not present, so that 4 people can be hard together. Screens are though, but absolute goods of lack of. The offered photographs are as expected very expensive after the swims, expect a that again with good $170-300, if you want to take home memorabilia. The swims in itself is of course an unforgettable moment for life. It's worth it.
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  • June 28, 2017
    Discovery Cove is the best park for those that want relaxing uncomplicated fun. You will not feel the need to rush. It is soothing. I was amazed at the sight of all the underwater life forms. I enjoyed the various sizes and colors of stingrays. I was able to touch and enjoy. There was not a moment missed. You have plenty of time to do everything and be able to relax while doing it.
  • June 14, 2017
    This park made my whole vacation. It's not very big but everything it does have is spectacular. Swimming with the dolphins wasn't even that big a deal for me, it was everything else that made it great honestly. The beach/pool environment is so beautiful and the lazy river is one of the best I've seen. Their grand reef absolutely needs to be seen. If you're going to Orlando this park definitely needs to be in your plans.
  • June 22, 2017
    I loved this place. I never wanted to leave. If I could have spent my whole vacation here I would have. All the areas are so nice, and it isn't crowded because they let a limited amount of people in a day! The dolphins were so awesome and were a lot of fun to play with. I loved the aviary where the birds would land on your arm and eat our of your hand. Overall my experience isn't just 5 stars it's 105 stars!!!
  • July 3, 2017
    Fantastic park. We go to Orlando pretty much every year and this was one of the best parks we've been too (and I think we've got them all now). I highly recommend swimming with the Dolphins. It's worth the extra cost.
  • June 20, 2017
    One of our favorite adventures ever! You simply can't beat swimming with dolphins and snorking with a ton of huge, beautiful fish. Feeding the birds in the aviary was fun too. There was truly something for everyone in our 9 person group. Every single person in our group voted that this was the best place to visit on our vacation. We'll be back (and we'll get the cabana again too)!

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