Little girl and mother playing with dolphin at Discovery Cove.
Discovery Cove®

Discovery Cove®

Hours:  8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily

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

Tucked away from it all,  Discovery Cove is a true gem. At this all-inclusive day resort, you can drift down a scenic river, hand-feed exotic birds, snorkel crystal-clear waters with tropical fish and rays, and even swim and interact with bottlenose dolphins.

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These and other unforgettable experiences unfold at a relaxed pace, no matter if you’re exploring, enjoying nature or connecting with wondrous marine animals. And it’s all exclusive to Orlando.

Standard admission to Discovery Cove opens a world of possibilities for you to explore. You’ll also be provided with unlimited food and beverages (including alcohol for guests 21 and up), as well as all amenities you’ll need to enjoy your stay, such as snorkeling gear, fresh towels and more.

From there, the choice is yours. Gear up to swim with thousands of tropical fish at The Grand Reef, have face-to-face encounters with playful otters and marmosets at Freshwater Oasis, and meet some new feathered friends at Explorer’s Aviary. Or, just find inner peace at Serenity Bay and Wind-Away River.

Looking for something really special? Opt for the Dolphin Swim or Trainer for a Day admission packages. The former enhances your visit by adding 30 minutes of quality time with a dolphin, while the latter offers enhanced interaction, a private photo session with two dolphins and a behind-the-scenes tour.

Other optional adventures include SeaVenture, an underwater walking tour where you’ll be fitted with a dive helmet, as well as Ray Feeding and the 90-minute Animal Trek. You can even Swim With Sharks — if you dare!

For more serenity, book a four-person Day Bed or your own Cabana, complete with a dedicated host to see to your every need. You can also get an upgraded drink package, or reserve space for group events of any type, including weddings.

Ready to discover everything else at Discovery Cove? Keep reading for more details on the resort’s unique experiences, and make plans to visit it the next time you’re in Orlando.

What's Included With Admission

Day Resort Package

  • 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
  • Hand-feeding parrots, toucans and exotic birds
  • Snorkel gear and animal-safe sunscreen
  • Save when you add admission to SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica® Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island to your Discovery Cove package.

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

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, where you’ll hold onto the dolphin’s dorsal fin while gliding across lagoon waters. It’s a dream come true for many!

Couple interacting with a dolphin at the discovery cove

Explorer’s Aviary

Stroll through lovely gardens and mingle with tropical birds in this expansive, free-flight aviary, which covers both land and water. Amid 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.

Couple hugging with an exotic bird perched on his wrist
Discovery Cove®

Fresh Water Oasis

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 (miniature monkeys from South America) 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. Don’t miss the In-Water Relaxation Station, where you can enjoy a cool drink in a comfy underwater lounge chair.

Kids snorkeling and watching otters underwater at Discovery Cove.
Discovery Cove®

The Grand Reef

Explore this saltwater reef complete with footpaths and bridges. Voyage through the reef and discover little islands and hidden grottos. Find yourself amid 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.

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

SeaVenture

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 onto the reef floor. Encounter schools of vividly colored fish and rays, and catch incredible views of sharks behind a panoramic glass wall.

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

Serenity Bay

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.

Couple in lounge chairs at Serenity Bay in Discovery Cove in Orlando
Discovery Cove®

Wind-Away River

Gently drift down a lazy tropical river and feel in sync with nature as you float past a diverse tropical terrain that’s 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, where tropical birds and curiously cute marmosets will serendipitously come into view.

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

Upgraded Experiences

Ultimate Upgrade

For an additional cost, you can receive unlimited access to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando 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
  • 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.
Couple interacting with a dolphin at Discovery Cove in Orlando
Discovery Cove®

Private Cabanas

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.

Woman relaxing in a hammock at Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove®

Special Occasions

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.