Discovery Cove, Orlando

4.8
#9 of 5,369 in Things to do in Florida
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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  • October 3, 2017
    If you plan to rent a cabana, rent when you make your initial reservations. I waited hoping to get a better price, it does not work. Paid $359 for just a few hours in a cabana. Services were great and...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We visited Discovery Cove about ten years ago. So a return visit was essentially like a first time visit. Very well organised and not too busy. Really enjoyed it - quite different from the busy parks....  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    The most incredible staff ever!!!!! EVER!!! An overall incredible experience. Being there just after the hurricane....you would never know. The cleanest park we have ever been to!!! I can't think of o...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    Discovery Cove is the best park for those that want relaxing uncomplicated fun. You will not feel the need to rush. It is soothing. I was amazed at the sight of all the underwater life forms. I enjoyed the various sizes and colors of stingrays. I was able to touch and enjoy. There was not a moment missed. You have plenty of time to do everything and be able to relax while doing it.
  • June 14, 2017
    This park made my whole vacation. It's not very big but everything it does have is spectacular. Swimming with the dolphins wasn't even that big a deal for me, it was everything else that made it great honestly. The beach/pool environment is so beautiful and the lazy river is one of the best I've seen. Their grand reef absolutely needs to be seen. If you're going to Orlando this park definitely needs to be in your plans.
  • June 22, 2017
    I loved this place. I never wanted to leave. If I could have spent my whole vacation here I would have. All the areas are so nice, and it isn't crowded because they let a limited amount of people in a day! The dolphins were so awesome and were a lot of fun to play with. I loved the aviary where the birds would land on your arm and eat our of your hand. Overall my experience isn't just 5 stars it's 105 stars!!!
  • July 3, 2017
    Fantastic park. We go to Orlando pretty much every year and this was one of the best parks we've been too (and I think we've got them all now). I highly recommend swimming with the Dolphins. It's worth the extra cost.
  • June 20, 2017
    One of our favorite adventures ever! You simply can't beat swimming with dolphins and snorking with a ton of huge, beautiful fish. Feeding the birds in the aviary was fun too. There was truly something for everyone in our 9 person group. Every single person in our group voted that this was the best place to visit on our vacation. We'll be back (and we'll get the cabana again too)!

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