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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Colton H
Montevideo, Minnesota
"Best Place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
I liked this place because it was fun to swim with dolphins. I also like swimming with the stingrays and fish and the food was very good also. Especially the veggie burger I had that was made out of plants and vegetables and taste so nice and juicy. I also liked the Fanta Banana ICEE and the soft warm pretzels and soft warm cookies. All in all is was a funny time and would go again if we went to Florida.
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Oxford, Connecticut
"A must do park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019 NEW
This park is awesome. Initial reaction is that it's expensive but it really isn't. There is so much good food readily available all day. The breakfast and lunch buffets are filled with a variety of delicious food and there's snacks and drinks available all day. You really can't be hungry at this park. The lazy river was wonderful with really warm cozy water. Before I forget to mention it, it's not a mob scene there because they limit how many people can come in per day. I wish all parks did that. There's a large pool filled with fish and lots of stingrays, etc that come right up to you. There's also plenty of snorkel gear. We paid extra for the dolphin swim which isn't really a swim. A group of people stand in a line and get to pet a dolphin as it passes by. It does some cute things and then one by one you get to hold onto the dolphin as it pulls you to shore from 50' out. It's still really neat. They also take photos for you to purchase. Expensive packages though so we didn't buy any. When we got our tickets we got the Sea Venture for free. It was an awesome experience but I didn't do it. I was able to put the helmet on and go under water but needed more time to adjust to see if I could handle staying under water. It's a slight fear of mine. My sister who was also scared had no problem though and neither did the rest of the family. They said it was really cool with fish swimming all around them. It's really well done. Again probably worth the extra fee. I'd highly recommend this park.
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Harvard, Illinois
"Most amazing day, ever!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019 NEW
We had an amazing experience at this luxury destination. What a way to end a Disney vacation! Relaxing in the sun while our happy kids got slushy after slushy in between snorkeling and riding the river was a dream. The staff were extremely pleasant and accommodating. The breakfast and lunch was actually very good! We did the dolphin swim and I can’t begin to describe how it was to watch our four kids faces when our dolphin, Mireya, popped out of the water to greet us. I will never ever forget the joy I saw and felt at that moment. The property was a step above excellent, the lush landscape and layout gave it a more intimate feel. It never felt crowded. We did the picture package and with 6 of us getting 2 individual poses and then a few family shots, I felt it was worth the $200 price tag for the memories. I wish we had brought our own waterproof phone bag, they are $30 there and I’m sure I could have paid way less and brought my own. A suggestion for the park is to get more noodles for the river, we could never find any and had to do the river without them which was a little sketchy because of the 8ft drops and then sudden shallow spots where my husband scraped his knee pretty bad. We truly loved this day and will never forget it! Highly recommended!!
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Tracy S
Dudley, United Kingdom
"An amazing day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019 NEW
What a beautiful place this is, you could be anywhere in the world, you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando and all of the theme parks. Discovery cove offers you a peaceful relaxing day that you would think impossible given where you are. The experiences are fantastic even if you don’t do the dolphin experience it is still worth a visit as there is much more to do float around the beautifully warm lazy river, snorkel with the fishes and the rays. No need to worry about beverages or food it is all supplied and plentiful. I can totally recommend hiring a cabana it’s a lovely base to operate out if if there is a group of you going, it has a secure locker and your very own fridge and snack box which is kept topped up. I cannot tell you how much my family and I enjoyed our day here. Eight of us went we ranged from 7 years to 58 years and we all loved it, and we went on a day when the weather was no so good in fact it was cold and cloudy but we still enjoyed it and would definitely go back.
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
"Lovely relaxing day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 25, 2019 NEW
Whole experience is lovely. Sounds expensive for one day but Seaworld and a Aquatica are included in the price. Plus food and drinks all day at DC. They only allow so many in so never too crowded. Lovely birds to see as well.
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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.