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 user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2020 NEW
Do not spend your hard earned money on this establishment as they are a bunch of crooks. They require full payment at the time of booking, however, they do not follow through on refunding money. I called and cancelled our trip on April 10th due to the Covid Pandemic and I was promised a full refund (almost $800) per their cancellation policy. As of July 9th I have not seen a dollar. I have called, emailed, reached out on facebook and sent an instant message (per their request) and have yet to get a date as to when I will get my money back. They have stop replying to any of my requests. Their customer service is awful. Disney, Universal Studios and The Grove Resort were all able to refund my card with in 48 hours of cancelling. I repeat... DO NOT spend your money here if there is any chance you will need to cancel... and given the pandemic is is very likely that will happen.
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TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 06, 2020 NEW
If I could leave zero stars I would. Discovery Cove has owed me over £700 for over 3 1/2 months!! After continuous emails and chasing they will not provide a payment date. Most emails are ignored! I posted on Facebook and they asked my to send a DM which was also ignored! This experience was bought as my children’s Christmas present and they were really upset that they didn’t get to go through no fault of their own. I want the money back to replace their Christmas presents but Discovery Cove could not care less!!
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Boca Raton, Florida
"Safest Place to Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 28, 2020 NEW
Couldn’t take the Covid any more and decided to get outta town for the weekend. Discovery Cove was the safest option being that it’s all outdoors in the hot Florida sunshine with limited visitors . The park was pretty empty. Plenty of room. Social distancing was easy here. The staff are doing a phenomenal job to keep everyone safe. The lazy river on a hot sunny day was perfect. The animals here are in great health and well taken care of. The altered dolphin experience was a surprise after paying for it and not being warned until we got there but it’s understandable. Dolphins are mammals and maybe they can get the virus. Best not to find out. They were nice enough to tell us that if we come back within a year we can use the same reservation number for the dolphin experience after they retrain them for social distancing. All these people complaining about refunds need to be a little more understanding, this place is losing millions of dollars. Overall this was the safest place to take a vacation. Definitely get a private cabana it’s worth the money.
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Luis C
Orlando, Florida
"Great experience in COVID times"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 28, 2020 NEW
As soon as you park your car you are guided to a large tent were you get your temperature checked and they hand out a comfort kit consisting of an amazing face mask with their logo and a hand sanitizer. From there on, there's very clear signage of the 6 feet distance, sanitizing stations everywhere and very welcoming staff trying to make this experience as cool as it can be in these crazy times. For this visit we did not do any specific bookings, just wanted to relax, eat, drink and feel like we had taken a short trip to paradise- because that is what Discovery Cove is.. For lunch you have to make reservations, we were there a couple of minutes after our scheduled time and we found no lines, great food and more welcoming staff, my son actually went back for more Mac n Cheese and I got an extra slice of their delicious cheese cake! There is a little more line than usual to get alcoholic drinks, but nothing crazy at all.. Snacks, sodas and slushees are there to grab so it makes it still very easy and convenient. Restrooms clean as usual and I felt the place wasn't crowded at all, plenty of room to walk around and available seating everywhere. Discovery Cove, once again 100% recommended!
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"Wild marine life."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 27, 2020 NEW
You can relax in a lazy river, and you can snorkel around a large pool and interact with marine life, even sharks, you can have an encounter with dolphins, all food and drink are included, learn more about saving the seas and the sea wildlife.
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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.