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.

Tripster 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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Buffalo NY
"Trainer for a Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2020 NEW
After a day at Disney, spending a day at Discovery Cove was a welcome change. While it is certainly more expensive, it is not when you consider how much time you spend on line at Disney and how there are no lines and no crowds at Discovery Cove. I opted to go all in and signed up for Trainer for a Day. I was with my 15 year old daughter. I was concerned that it would just be a VIP experience but it was much more than that. The day started at 8am when we met our trainer, Erin. She had a wealth of information and was eager to share it. We were escorted around, given a behind the scenes look at operations, had the opportunity for one-on-one interactions with other trainers and thier animals, and a second dolphin encounter which was so much better than the one everyone else gets. In addition we were given an underwater camera to use and all the photos were emailed to us at no additional cost. You still hve to buy the professional photos if you want pictures of the dolphin encounter but it was nice to have these other pictures to share with family and friends. The day went by quickly and I feel TFAD was worth the added cost if you want to keep busy. My daughter loved every minute of it. If you are content to have a lazy day in the water or on the beach then you shoud skip it. The food and beverages at Discovery Cove are excellent and it's just nice to have an all inclusive package.
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"Wonderful Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2020 NEW
We went to Discovery Cove this past weekend 1/18/2020. I was concerned when we made the reservations that the weather would not cooperate but it was a very nice day. We arrived in between 7:30-8:00. Check in was very quick and efficient. Breakfast was good--not great but it sufficed. They had eggs, sausage, french toast, biscuits, assorted pastries, and fruit. We then went to get our wet suits. We had a party of 8 and all but 1 chose wet suits. My husband is 6'4", 450 pounds and they had one to fit him. After swimming for awhile, we decided to change into the vests. These were more comfortable. I recommend the vests. We decided to get a cabana after being there for a while. I highly recommend getting a cabana. Kari was our cabana host and she kept the snacks, drinks, and towels supplied. She even took my husband's go pro and charged it when the batter died. Kari was awesome!! For lunch we all chose the steak on recommendation of a staff member. It wasn't great but again, like breakfast, it was good. The other selections may have been better but who knows since we all chose the steak. Swimming with the dolphins was a highlight for my girls (ages 8 and 10). The reef area had lots of fish and sting rays to swim with and look at while snorkeling. The windy river (lazy river) changes in depth frequently and there are signs to alert you when it gets deeper but there needs to be signs when it is shallow. I stubbed my toes several times. The birds in the aviary will fly onto people so if you don't like this, don't go in there. You may also end up with bird poop on you. The park closes around 5-5:30ish. I think it should stay open a little later especially when the weather is warmer. Overall, this was a good experience and we will visit again.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
"Fab time here"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 21, 2020 NEW
For a nice relaxing day come here. The snorkelling area is brilliant especially for someone like me who is not the most confident in the water. We did the swim with dolphins which was amazing. Grounds were well kept and food was good. Perhaps a few more changing facilities would help as things got a little busy at the end of the day with people trying to get showered but we'll worth it and a nice way to relax away from the hustle of the other parks.
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Lucy F
"Swimming with Dolphins was amazing - Rose was gorgeous."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
Excellent day at Discovery cove - was made to feel welcome from first arrival. Swimming with dolphins was a highlight for me and my daughter and the dolphin was called Rose which my daughter loved as that is her middle name. Staff and instructors very knowledgeable and can tell the dolphins are very well treated. Also swam with manta rays and other gorgeous fish. Very chilled out day and food and drink was included. Very much needed after the madness of the other parks, This was truly a day to remember and was magical.
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Faversham, United Kingdom
"Fabulous day."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
This is an amazing place. Very clean and great staff. You can swim with dolphins...sharks and sting Ray's. Nice beach areas and lazy river. Definitely worth it. Price of photos is ridiculous though. No need to charge so much.
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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.

Can I visit SeaWorld or Aquatica before I visit Discovery Cove?
Your reservation includes a 14-day pass to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark in Orlando. You must use it consecutively with your visit to Discovery Cove, either before, after, or a combination of both. Your personalized ID card issued at Discovery Cove will serve as your ticket if you decide to visit your selected sister parks after your reservation date. However, if you plan on visiting SeaWorld or Aquatica prior to your Discovery Cove date, simply present your voucher and photo ID for each member in your party at the front gate guest relations.