Discovery Cove Orlando in Orlando, FL
6000 Discovery Cove Way • Orlando, FL 32821
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!
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Discovery cove is a full day adventure with operating hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. Dolphin interactions begin as early as 8:00 a.m. and will fluctuate seasonally.
Discovery Cove is a full day adventure with waterways open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. Please plan to arrive between 7:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Dolphin interactions begin as early as 8:00 a.m. and will fluctuate seasonally. Breakfast begins at 7:30am to 10:30am and the waterways are open from 9am to 5:00pm. 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.
At check-in, they will assign you a time for your dolphin experience and SeaVenture. Times are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
Children must be 10 years or older to participate in SeaVenture. Ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a paying adult who also is participating in the SeaVenture experience. All children under 18 years old must have a liability waiver signed by an adult.
They are free, but an infant ticket will need to be added to the order.
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. Next, small groups wade into the shallow water of the Dolphin Lagoon for the in-water experience with the dolphins. After the water experience, guests can view photographs and video of their interactions and talk about their experience with trainers and other participants.
The in-water experience is 20 minutes long, while the entire program take 45 minutes including the orientation.
Self-parking at Discovery Cove is complimentary, however parking admission at our sister parks is not included.
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.
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. With the exception of watches and wedding bands, Discovery Cove guests may not wear jewelry, for the safety of the animals.
The park restricts attendance to about 1,300 guests per day and so is able to provide a more intimate, resort-like experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only service animals are allowed.
If you have purchased the ticket that includes the sister parks, 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.
Afternoon showers are common during the summer months in Orlando. Water Activities will still continue during rain storms and the park does not offer refunds for weather. You may reschedule if offered by the park directly due to a closure, but refunds will not be offered.
The park has a very strict cancellation/change policy that must be done 31+ days in advance. No changes or cancellations can be made after the date has passed, no exceptions.
Discovery Cove is a day resort as it is an all-inclusive day where meals, drinks, gear, and activities are included once you check in for your day of discovery. This does not include an overnight stay.
The temperature of our pools remains constant throughout the year. The fresh water Serenity Bay, Freshwater Oasis and Wind-Away River are maintained around 85-86 F (30 C). The salt water Dolphin Lagoon and The Grand Reef® is maintained around 76-77 F (25 C).