Discovery Cove, Orlando

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Swim with bottlenose dolphins at Discovery Cove, a theme park that provides a more relaxing experience than the nearby mammoth entertainment complexes. You can interact with exotic birds in the free-flight aviary or explore the tranquil world of private beaches and heated outdoor pools. The park also contains a coral reef, where you can use the provided equipment to snorkel with thousands of tropical fish. To see the park's highlights quickly, take a boat ride down a tropical river running through the aviary and past sandy beaches, waterfalls, and rainforests. The park only admits a limited number of guests each day, so make your reservations well in advance. Add Discovery Cove and other attractions to your Orlando trip itinerary using our Orlando trip planning tool .
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  • I started taking my son here 16 years ago, when I live in NC and now that I live in Florida, we go at least once a year. It is truly a great day and great experience for young and old  more »
  • We loved it. Awesome food included. Arrive early ... earlier the better.. 1st come 1st serve to swim with dolphins we arrived at 11 and went on the lazy river for a few hours ate swam with dolphins at...  more »
  • On our visit to Orlando this was the best . Expensive at $200 dollars each but the experiences were outstanding. underwater walk wearing air helmets was outstanding even my wife did it ,so anyone can....  more »
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  • Well worth the price. If you like to swim and snorkel, you will have the time of your life. The sting rays are gigantic and there is every tropical fish you can think of. It is actually encouraged to touch the rays while they are swimming with you. Such a cool experience. And... the all inclusive deal is great as well. The food was much better than I expected it to be.
  • Been here twice. A very relaxing atmosphere with clean everything and trees everywhere. Feels like a retreat the moment you park your car. You get what you pay for. Come early and enjoy your breakfast. Loved their snack bar. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic frozen drinks were so refreshing and delicious! My family swam with the dolphins, Didn't buy their photo package. They allowed me to take photos by a rock, and the dolphin trainer even gave me a photo opt. The water is cold! The dolphins and sting rays like it at a certain temperature. Hope you enjoy your visit!
  • Fantastic place! It is very small which is great for not getting lost and the landscaping is beautiful. Swimming with the dolphins was a powerful learning experience. Snorkeling in the coral reef was truly magical. All the animals were beautiful! Be careful in the aviary though- you might get pooped on! The food was great. I am vegan with a dairy allergy and the staff was extremely accommodating to me and knowledgeable as to the ingredients in all the food. Great place!
  • Second time at DC and I would recommend this to families and couples alike. The best place to swim and relax plus you can even snorkel with rays and tropical fish. Kids absolutely loved it (11 and 9 yrs old). The optional dolphin swim is also wonderful. It's a must do for your holiday of a lifetime experience. The numbers of guests are limited each day so it never seems too busy or crowded. Breakfast, lunch and snacks/drinks all included too! Great experience.
  • Even though it was the coldest day of the year, the water was warm and swimming with the dolphins incredible. Neoprene wetsuits helped with the cold. Face mask and snorkel was included-we snorkeled with the fish in a deep (warm) lagoon. After the water fun we visited the bird area. The colorful birds land on your arm and eat out of your hand. There is more...a definite must see.
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