Discovery Cove Orlando

6000 Discovery Cove WayOrlando, FL 32821
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Discovery Cove Orlando Tickets

Overview

Enjoy a full day of family-friendly activities at Discovery Cove Orlando, an all-inclusive tropical paradise. Swim with dolphins, snorkel among vibrant marine life, and interact with exotic birds and animals. With all-inclusive amenities and breathtaking landscapes, this Orlando theme park offers unforgettable experiences for visitors of all ages.

up to 0.8 hrs 1 or more people

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 within 14 consecutive days for select ticket types.
  • The whole family will enjoy sandy beaches, snorkeling, tropical reefs, and swimming with dolphins.
  • Delicious meals included.

Description

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Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind experience at Discovery Cove Orlando, a tropical paradise theme park in Orlando, Florida. Swim alongside dolphins, snorkel amidst thousands of tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and encounter playful otters and curious marmosets.

A sister park to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove offers an all-inclusive escape where you can relax and explore rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers, and white, sandy beaches. Enjoy complimentary amenities such as fresh towels and swim gear, as well as freshly prepared meals, snacks, and beverages throughout your visit.

Included with your admission are unforgettable animal encounters such as snorkeling in The Grand Reef, hand-feeding exotic birds in the Explorer's Aviary, and riding the currents of Wind-Away River. You'll also have access to freshwater Serenity Bay and enjoy up-close animal encounters.

Discovery Cove Orlando tickets includes the following activities and amenities:
  • Snorkeling in The Grand Reef
  • Hand Feeding Exotic Birds in the Explorer's Aviary
  • Freshwater Serenity Bay
  • Ride the currents of Wind-Away River
  • Up-close animal encounters
  • Unlimited food, beverages, and select beers and wines
  • Complimentary snacks throughout the day
  • Lockers for unlimited use throughout the day
  • Shower and changing facilities
  • Fresh towels
  • Animal-safe sunscreen
  • Snorkeling gear, with prescription goggles available upon request
  • Wetsuits and vests

Along with these family-friendly activities and amenities, you and your family will have access to lounge chairs and hammocks throughout the resort.

Families of all ages are welcomed at Discovery Cove, with children aged 6 and older able to participate in dolphin swims. Children ages 6 through 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who also is participating in the dolphin swim experience. Additionally, children two (2) years of age or under are admitted free of charge with a reservation.

Please note, Discovery Cove enforces a strict cancellation policy with no changes or cancellations permitted once the date has passed, no exceptions.

Discover Cove Orlando offers an unforgettable blend of family-friendly activities, animal encounters, and tropical relaxation, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking adventure and tranquility in Orlando's vibrant theme park scene.





Discovery Cove Orlando Reviews

13 Reviews
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Kelsi J.
Colorado Springs, CO
28 Reviews
"So much Fun!"
September 2023
When a friend told me to go to Discovery Cove, she said it felt like you were at an all-inclusive resort. She was not wrong. The unlimited food and drinks were great! We snorkeled with rays, fish, and sharks, we floated the lazy river and kissed dolphins! What more could you ask for? Don't miss this slice of paradise in Orlando.
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Katherine K.
Springfield, MO
7 Reviews
"Favorite thing in Orlando"
September 2023
Perfect for the whole family, this park is beautiful, educational, and so much fun! Snorkeling with sting rays, swimming with dolphins, all you can eat and drink, I can't think of anything to suggest to make this park better. It is a must-see for anyone.
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Tip: Make sure to bring reef safe sunscreen and prepare for a day of fun in the sun!

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JOSIE FORSCHEN
Nashwauk, MN
1 Review
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"So worth ever penny!!!"
May 2023
The place is absolutely breathtaking. The dolphin swim was awesome!!! You can swim around with tropical fish and stingrays! There's a lazy river and atrium, food, beverages, and more!! I cannot say enough good things about this place .... oh and in case you just want to relax you can just sit on the beach in a chair but I highly recommend taking in every activity possible!!! I used Tripster and got an amazing deal!!!
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Tip: Bring a waterproof case for your phone for pictures

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Melissa Schulte
Chanhassen, MN
1 Review
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"Amazing time for family of six!"
April 2023
My family of six (kids ages 10, 8, and 6 year old twins) absolutely loved Discovery Cove. My kids are all very different in personality and this place allowed them to feel safe to explore a bit on their own and grab snacks whenever they felt like it. As parents, i appreciated the freedom it gave us to relax and enjoy time together without feeling rushed to get to another line or ride. We could simply go swim in the reef whenever we felt like it. The only scheduled part of our day was the dolphin encounter which was fabulous. The trainers were all fun and informative and they made sure to give us a great experience and a full 30 minutes of time in our groups. We will recommend Discovery Cove to everyone and plan to visit again someday!
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Tip: Bring water shoes and we highly recommend combining the Discovery cove pass with seaworld and aquatica through tripster - saved us money and the other two parks are awesome!

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lynn v.
ogilvie, MN
1 Review
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"family fun"
September 2022
wonderful experience once again. I took granddaughters year ago and they did dolphin encounter this time i took my 16 year old grandson and he did sea venture. Had a amazing time and he so loved the place! Only down side I had was I dont swim and had a life jacket on but got caught in a strong current in lagoon area that goes through the birds, thankfully my grandson was able to grab me and help me to get to side and out. Be careful the current in that one area is supper strong and at places it is 8 feet deep.
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Tip: Amazing place to swim with fish and stingrays! Breakfast and lunch provided as well as snacks and drinks. Family day perfect!

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Urmila Patel
GB
1 Review
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"Pateld"
August 2022
Really enjoyed the day with family
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Barb Ottelien
Racine, WI
1 Review
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"Try the unexpected"
March 2022
Absolutely loved our visit to Discovery Cove. The entire experience was amazing. Starting with the discount tickets from Tripster, and their awesome customer service. To the arrival at Discovery Cove. Everyone at Discovery Cove was super friendly. The included breakfast & lunch offered many delicious options. Not to mention the snacks and drinks throughout the park. This is definitely a trip that I would highly recommend to everyone. We did the swim with dolphins and sea adventure which were great. I can’t say enough good things. I did rent a day bed which was probably not necessary for us because we were on the go the entire time we were there. There were many beach chairs available but this might be due to our visit in early March. They may not be so plentiful in the summer months.
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jennifer burkholder
Duluth, GA
1 Review
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"The best park ever"
October 2021
Our entire party was thoroughly impressed by every single thing about Discovery Cove. The hospitality and care from the staff is above and beyond almost any All-Inclusive Resort or even Cruise Line. The entire place is like being on a tropical island. This is beyond worth every single penny. We are trying to figure out when we will be going back. Would do it a million times over.
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Tip: Everything is included. Everything. Parking, towels, etc. Get a daybed. Definitely worth it.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Discovery Cove Orlando

What time does Discovery Cove Orlando open?

Discovery cove is a full day adventure with operating hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Check-in begins at 7:15 am.

When should I arrive?

You can arrive anytime, but we suggest arriving early to take full advantage of the park. Discovery Cove is a full day adventure with waterways open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Please plan to arrive between 7:15 am and 8:30 am. Dolphin interactions begin as early as 8:00 a.m. and will fluctuate seasonally. Breakfast is from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Lunch is served from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm.

How will I know my Swim with the Dolphin time or SeaVenture Dive time?

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.

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.

What is the age requirement for SeaVenture?

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.

Does my child 2 years and younger need an admission ticket?

They are free, but an infant ticket will need to be added to the order.

How long is the dolphin swim experience?

The in-water dolphin experience is approximately 30 minutes. 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. Afterwards, you can view photographs and video of your interactions and talk about your experience with trainers and other participants.

How long is the SeaVenture experience?

SeaVenture lasts about 45 minutes total, including a brief orientation session and 20-minute underwater walking tour.

How much is parking?

Self-parking at Discovery Cove is complimentary. However, parking admission for Discovery Cove's sister parks is not included.

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. With the exception of watches and wedding bands, Discovery Cove guests may not wear jewelry, for the safety of the animals.

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?

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.

What happens if it rains?

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.

What happens if I need to cancel?

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.

If Discovery Cove is a Day Resort, does that mean this includes an overnight stay?

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.

What is the temperture of the water in the pools?

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).