Discovery Cove

Older and younger sister petting a dolphin at Discovery Cove.

Hours
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

Check-in and Breakfast
Begins at 7:15 a.m.

ucked away from it all, this tropical island getaway is a true gem. Known for its signature dolphin swim experience, Discovery Cove offers an all-inclusive resort-like experience. Drift down a scenic river, hand-feed exotic birds, snorkel crystal-clear waters with tropical fish and rays, even swim and interact with bottlenose dolphins. Everything unfolds at a relaxed pace whether you’re exploring, enjoying nature or connecting with wondrous marine animals.

Hours
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

Check-in and Breakfast
Begins at 7:15 a.m.

Discovery Cove admission includes:
Day Resort Package

  • Unlimited admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld®’s water park for 14 consecutive days
  • Unlimited snacks and drinks including alcoholic beverages for those 21 years of age and older
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Snorkeling with tropical fish and rays
  • Swimming and viewing otters and marmosets
  • Handfeeding parrots, toucans and exotic birds
  • Snorkel gear and animal-safe sunscreen
All Inclusive Dolphin Package
  • Includes all of the above and an additional 30-minute dolphin swim experience
  • Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult to participate in the dolphin swim experience.

 

EXPERIENCES

Dolphin Lagoon

A friendly dolphin enjoys interacting with a guest in the water at Discovery Cove.

Swim with dolphins in a serene lagoon. It’s an ideal atmosphere for interacting with these incredible creatures. Trainers introduce you to these gentle, fun-loving marine mammals in a unique 30-minute experience. After a brief orientation, every person in the group (limited to small groups) has the opportunity to interact with a dolphin. You’ll even learn a special hand signal, resulting in a sweet display of affection. This unique experience concludes with a dolphin tow. Participants hold onto the dolphin’s dorsal fin while gliding across lagoon waters. It’s a dream come true for many.

Explorer’s Aviary

Couple hugging with an exotic bird perched on his wrist

Stroll through lovely gardens and mingle with tropical birds in this expansive, free-flight aviary. The aviary grounds cover both land and water. Set amidst the Tropical River’s lovely waterfalls, encounter bird species from around the world: parrots, toucans and exotic birds. Chat with feathered friends and even get a chance to feed them. Watch colorful birds of all sizes soar overhead and perch on your arm or shoulder if you have specially prepared bird food in hand.

Fresh Water Oasis

Kids snorkeling and watching otters underwater at Discovery Cove.

Enter a tropical sanctuary canopied with rainforest vegetation and explore warm water pathways. Wander through crystal clear water trails where you’ll encounter playful otters and inquisitive marmosets in the treetops. Swim up to the glass enclosure to watch the non-stop antics of adorable otters or explore the island setting for marmosets, miniature monkeys from South America. Don’t miss the In-Water Relaxation Station, where you can enjoy a cool drink in a comfy underwater lounge chair.

The Grand Reef

A ray glides by a father and daughter in the water.

Explore this saltwater reef complete with footpaths and bridges. Voyage through the reef and discover little islands and hidden grottos. Find yourself in the midst of cool waters teeming with vibrant schools of fish and velvety soft rays. As you venture, also discover other unique marine life. You’ll even encounter reef sharks, which can be safely viewed behind glass. Don’t miss the feeding time at Stingray Shallows; it’s an unforgettable experience.

Wind-away River

Sandals and a hat on the sand in the foreground, while a mother and daughter head back to the river in the background.

Gently drift down a lazy tropical river. Feel in sync with nature as you float past a diverse tropical terrain home to sandy beaches, rocky cascading waterfalls and crystalline waterways. River levels vary from deep to more shallow depths. Opt for a life vest or grab a float noodle if you’re not a strong swimmer or tire easily. Be sure to look up as you float past the Explorer’s Aviary. Tropical birds and curiously cute marmosets will serendipitously come into view.

Seaventure

A couple with dive helmets exploring underwater with fish swimming in the foreground at Discovery Cove.

You won’t need a SCUBA certification to experience this underwater exploration. Participants are outfitted with a dive helmet that pipes in oxygen via attached tubing. Submerge by climbing down a ladder and stepping 12-feet below on to the reef floor. Encounter schools of vividly colored fish and rays. Catch incredible views of sharks behind a panoramic glass wall.

Serenity Bay

A couple reclining on lounge chairs, holding hands, as their children return from snorkeling.

Say hello to relaxation as you settle into a lounge chair or cabana on a sandy beach. Take a dip into the soothing warm waters of Serenity Bay. It’s the perfect place for adults to decompress while kids relish splashing in freshwater or hiding underneath streaming waterfalls.

Upgraded Experiences

Ultimate Upgrade

For just $25 more, you’ll receive unlimited access to all three parks: SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica and Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Additionally, this includes parking at all three parks.

Trainer for a Day

Experience an all-inclusive Discovery Cove day with extra special perks:

  • A second opportunity to interact with dolphins, which includes a private photo session with two dolphins.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Discovery Cove
  • Shadowing a trainer for the day
  • Feed tropical fish in The Grand Reef
  • Fun-filled meet-and-greets with tropical birds and small mammals
  • Unlimited admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark for 14 consecutive days surrounding your Discovery Cove experience
  • Each Trainer for the Day group (limited to nine guests) is provided with a digital underwater camera for the program duration. The SD card is gifted to you at the end of your experience.

 

Special Occasions

A helpful dolphin delivers a proposal.

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, popping the question or other special occasion, Discovery Cove offers three tiers of unique packages. Perks range from items like a buoy with your own personalized message, tote bags and photo frames to more extensive package privileges like photo sessions, private cabanas, exclusive menu items and more.

Private Cabanas

Woman relaxing in a hammock at Discovery Cove

Definitely worth the splurge, a private cabana becomes your very own home base. It’s the ideal spot to relax and enjoy family and friends. Every cabana comes with a fully-stocked drink refrigerator, basket of snacks, a locker, lounge chairs, table and a comfy hammock.

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