Discovery Cove, Orlando

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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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  • Loved the resort! All of excellent quality, comfortable all day! Pure stewardship to the beach! Very good! The pools are amazing! Don't swim with dolphins this time, because with my young son, he could not and if we were, I'm sure he would want to, but when he grows up a little most certainly we will come back to have this experience.
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  • One of the best days in my life. Comes with great food and inclusive drinks that serves things like slushies, and a great beach area for relaxing. First you enter having your picture taken for a pass ...  more »
  • My family had a GREAT day at Discovery Cove! We read that we should get their by 7:30 if we were doing more than 1 activity. We were scheduled for the dolphin swim and the Sea Venture, so we did what ...  more »
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  • I absolutely loved our family trip to Discovery Cove and would recommend it to every family traveling to Orlando. The staff was so friendly and went above and beyond. The food and drinks were included all day and no one in our party of 12 was hungry at all during the day. I loved that all the gear was included including prescription snorkeling masks if needed. We snorkeled all day in every pool. This truly was the highlight of our Orlando trip for every person in our extended family (all 12 of us) and we will make it a good point to go back every time we visit Florida. Be sure you make reservations in advance one of the highlights is that only so many people are allowed in each day so it is not over crowded.
  • I've been to Orlando several times but never knew about this gem. What a fantastic fun day we had. Staff was terrific and friendly. Food was very good for a park. Swimming with the fish and dolphins so fun. Fish swam close to us you could literally reach out to touch them. Stingrays brushed against you on purpose. So much fun.
  • Absolutely loved Discovery Cove, it was probably the best part of our 8 day trip. It was 100% worth every penny for the dolphin swim package; food was really great, drinks were great, dolphins were amazing, could have spent all day in the reef, and another day in the lazy river...So why not a 5 star review then? The photo pricing. After spending however much on the dolphin package and getting the wonderful experience, your faced with a choice on photos. It was only me and my daughter, so I didn't have anyone there to take photos of the experience. After your dolphin swim, you get taken to a but to decide on photos...1 photo is like $35, 4 photos is like $99....and the photo key (which is all your photos, maybe 10 or so) is about $150. Obviously the better deal is the photo key, but $150?! Unfortunately, since I had no one there with me, I had to get the photo key so I could have a physical memory of the experience. Lower the prices on the photo options and I would bet that you would sell more, unfortunately people will continue to buy at the high prices you set, which will likely never lead to a decrease in photo prices. That was my only issue, the rest of the experience was incredible and we will do it again next time we're down there.
  • Had a wonderful time with Kaylee my dolphin ambassador. She is a very sweet bottle nose dolphin at Discovery Cove and a great kisser too. I was impressed by the love and care all the dolphins and other sea creatures get here. And having a chance to experience them up close and personal was amazing. All the staff were friendly and very helpful during our whole visit. The food was good, breakfast could have been better, but that is the only negative thing I experienced during the whole visit. I'll be returning for future visits.
  • Great experience all around. If you get there when the park first opens you may have some downtime until 9 am, but it gives you time to explore. The Aviary was the best part of the trip. All the staff were wonderful and quick to answer questions. The lady who checked us in did not make us feel welcome, but from then on our experience got better.

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