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Discovery Cove Guide

Discovery Cove Orlando

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort where you can get up-close with animals that you’d rarely have the opportunity to see in the wild!

The number of visitors each day is strictly limited to 1300 people, ensuring no crowds, no turnstiles and no chaos.

Serenity and relaxation are the order of the day as you drift along a scenic river, hand-feed exotic birds in their free-flight aviary, snorkel among tropical fish and rays, relax on pristine, white-sand beaches and swim with bottlenose dolphins

Still need convincing? Find out why Tripadvisor has rated Discovery Cove as the World’s best amusement park!

Discovery Cove Attractions

You can enjoy these wonderful attractions and experiences during your day at Discovery Cove:


*Separate ticket required

Take a walk under the sea, surrounded by the exotic marine creatures of the Grand Reef on this unmissable underwater experience!

Your adventure begins when you set foot on the floor of the Grand Reef. Each step you take brings a new encounter on this amazing walking tour which has been compared to walking on the moon!

Come face-to-face with sharks through the safety of huge panoramic windows. Touch and interact with gentle rays, schools of colourful fish and the unique sea creatures that inhabit this teeming underwater world.

No previous diving experience is necessary - just put on a helmet and you’re ready to go!


Please Note: Your SeaVenture ticket does not include admission to Discovery Cove. A Discovery Cove entry ticket will also be required.

Find out more and book SeaVenture tickets

Explorer’s Aviary

Exotic birds of all shapes, sizes and colours fly freely around you in these beautiful gardens – and are only too happy to perch on your shoulder or feed from your hand! (Bird feed is available at no extra cost)

You can also learn about the conservation work that goes on behind the scenes – many of the birds at the aviary have been nursed back to health after being found injured.

Even if you prefer not to hold the birds, the Explorer’s Aviary is perfect for spending a little time out of the water and taking a walk through the lovely gardens.

Explorer’s Aviary

The Grand Reef

This beautiful coral reef is home to thousands of vibrant, colourful tropical fish, as well as rays and other fabulous marine creatures that you can snorkel or swim with.

You’ll also get to see huge sharks and venomous lionfish - housed safely behind glass walls.

There are plenty of shallow areas so kids of all ages can enjoy the water – and the fish!

Discovery Cove staff are on-hand to answer any questions, and will even provide you with cards to help you identify the different fish!

Grand Reef

Freshwater Oasis

Wade, swim or float down this waist-deep tropical river as the rainforest canopy comes to life above you.

As the water is mostly waist-level, kids can safely have fun exploring the oasis too.

Keep a look-out for the cute marmosets, whose antics you could easily spend hours watching, and the entertaining otters – especially at feeding time!

Head to the In-Water Relaxation Station, where you can relax in soothing warm waters and enjoy a cold drinks in the comfy built-in chairs.

Freshwater Oasis

Wind-Away River

Let your troubles slip away as you glide along the twists and turns of Discovery Cove’s lazy river!

You’ll pass through a dense rainforest, past cascading waterfalls, hidden grottos, secluded lagoons, underwater caves and white-sand beaches. The river also winds through the Explorer’s Aviary.

Serenity Bay

Serenity Bay is no ordinary swimming pool! Take a dip in this lovely freshwater pool that’s surrounded by white beaches

Children can paddle and play safely in the shallows or underneath the waterfalls, while adults can relax in sun loungers or take a rejuvenating swim in the deeper waters.

The water at Serenity Bay is kept at 85-88°F (30°C) so it’s comfortable to swim all year round!

Wind-Away River

Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins at Discovery Cove

The highlight of a visit to Discovery Cove is the opportunity to swim and play with a friendly, gentle dolphin on this amazing 30-minute interaction!

After a short briefing from the dolphin trainer you’ll be introduced to your dolphin for some group interaction where you can swim, play and even have a smooch with him or her!

Then hold onto the dolphin’s dorsal fin as they take you for a ride through the water – an experience you’ll never forget!

Cameras are not permitted in the lagoon, but a Discovery Cove official photographer will capture some amazing snaps of your experience! You’re guaranteed to get your own photo opportunity with the dolphin.

Don't forget....

If you want to include a dolphin swim in your day, make sure you select the “SWIM” ticket when making your booking. If you don’t, select “NON-SWIM” tickets.

Swimming with dolphins

All-Inclusive Food

Because your Discovery Cove tickets are all-inclusive, all the food on offer is free to enjoy as much as you like – so come hungry!

Laguna Grill


Breakfast is served from 8.30 - 10am – you can choose from a yummy cooked breakfast, pastries, fruits and yoghurts.


An all-you-can-eat buffet lunch is served from 11am - 3pm, with cooked options including chicken, pasta, noodles, chips and lots more!

Snacks and Extras

Snack cabanas are located around the park where you can help yourself to as many snacks and drinks as you like throughout the day. Alcoholic drinks are also available for over 21s, so don’t forget your ID.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary needs it’s recommended you pay a visit to the restaurant early in the day and speak with a supervisor, who can talk you through the allergen-friendly pre-packaged foodstuffs they have available.

What's included with your tickets

As well as a full, all-inclusive day at Discovery Cove, your tickets also include 14 days’ unlimited admission to these Orlando parks:

The Discovery Cove Ultimate Package also includes 14 days’ admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Discovery Cove Facts

What to wear at Discovery Cove

  • The single most important thing to wear for a day at Discovery Cove? Your swimsuit!
  • You can also wear water socks or rubber pool shoes if you like.
  • We also recommend a hat and sunglasses to keep you safe from the strong Florida sun.
  • Plus don’t forget some dry clothes for when you leave – but we won’t think about that just yet!

What NOT to wear:

  • No jewellery is allowed at Discovery Cove (except for watches and wedding rings) as it can be dangerous for the animals.
  • Don’t worry about wetsuits, you’ll be given one when you arrive.
  • Whatever you do, don’t apply any sun-cream before you arrive! “Normal” sun creams can be harmful to the marine life, so you’ll need to use a specially formulated, animal-friendly sunscreen. You’ll be given a sample of this when you get to Discovery Cove, but it’s worth budgeting in the cost of this “safe” sun-cream to your day (about $20 should cover it).

Discovery Cove Opening Hours

  • Discovery Cove is open daily from 8am - 5:30pm
  • Check-in begins at 7:30am, so try to arrive early to make the most of your day!

Park Capacity

Attendance is limited to about 1,300 guests a day, ensuring no overcrowding and extraordinary guest service. It is therefore essential to book in advance to ensure entry on your chosen date.

Parking at Discovery Cove

  • All day parking at Discovery Cove is free for the full day!
  • Please note that parking at any other theme parks that are part of your Discovery Cove tickets is not included.

How to get to Discovery Cove


Discovery Cove, 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821

Directions to Discovery Cove:

From the West (Lake Buena Vista/Tampa):

  • Take I-4 East (toward Orlando) to exit 71 (the SeaWorld exit)
  • Bear right onto Central Florida Parkway when exiting the ramp
  • The entrance to Discovery Cove is on the right hand side of Central Florida Parkway (past the sign for SeaWorld Orlando)

From the North (Downtown Orlando, Universal Studios, Sanford, Deland):

  • Take I-4 West to exit 72 (Beachline Expressway/FL-528/Airport)
  • Once on the Beachline, take the first exit (International Drive)
  • Turn left onto International Drive
  • Turn right onto Central Florida Parkway at the third traffic light
  • The entrance to Discovery Cove is on the left hand side of Central Florida Parkway.

From the East (Cocoa, Cape Canaveral, Titusville Area):

  • Take FL-528 (Beachline Expressway) west to the International Drive exit
  • Turn left onto International Drive
  • Turn right onto Central Florida Parkway at the third traffic light
  • The entrance to Discovery Cove is on the left hand side of Central Florida Parkway.


Your all-inclusive day at Discovery Cove also includes these facilities free of charge:

  • Lockers
  • Wetsuit
  • Towels
  • Swim mask and snorkel
  • Free parking
  • Showers and changing rooms
  • Beach chairs
  • Breakfast, lunch, drinks and snacks.

What can I bring into Discovery Cove?

  • You may bring your own masks and snorkels if you prefer, but no other diving or swimming equipment is permitted in the park.
  • Feel free to bring books, magazines, and a CD or mp3 player with headset.

What can’t I bring?

  • Bringing your own food and drink into the park is not permitted. All food and drink is free so you won’t need to!
  • No diving or swimming equipment is allowed except for own mask and snorkel.
  • No weapons, including knives, are allowed into the park

Cameras and recording devices

  • You are welcome to use your own camera or video-camera throughout the park, except for the dolphin lagoons (for the safety of the animals and your photo equipment!)
  • Photographers and videographers will be present during your dolphin interaction and you can purchase the photos later in the day
  • If you don’t already own one, consider purchasing a disposable underwater camera – it will be worth it!

Accessibility at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove can accommodate guests with disabilities provided they are able to manoeuvre themselves with limited assistance (or with the aid of a personal assistant) during the dolphin experience and in the various wading locations.

Wheelchair access

Specially-designed outdoor wheelchairs are available, with oversized tires which make them easy to manoeuvre on the beach! Please note that these wheelchairs are not self-manoeuvrable and guests will need assistance operating them.

Wheelchairs can be reserved by calling ahead on 001-877-557-7404

Water Temperatures

The water temperature at Discovery Cove is kept constant throughout the year:

  • Serenity Bay: 85-88°F (30°C)
  • Wind-away River: 85-88°F (30°C)
  • Dolphin Lagoon: 72°F (22°C)
  • Grand Reef: 77°F (25°C)

Do I need any money at Discovery Cove?

Your Discovery Cove tickets are all-inclusive, meaning you won’t need to pay for anything once you’re there, with the exception of:

  • Buying eco-friendly sunscreen: You will be given a sample of this when you arrive but it’s worth budgeting for some more to use throughout the day (you are not permitted to use normal sunscreen in the park as it can be harmful to the wildlife)
  • Purchasing photos of your dolphin swim experience, which are taken by Discovery Cove’s own photographers.
  • Renting a cabana, which are suitable for up to eight people – a great place to relax when you’re not exploring the park!
  • If you would like to buy anything from the gift shop.



  • Children must be at least 15 years of age to visit Discovery Cove without an adult.
  • Dolphin swim experience: Children must be at least 6 years old to swim with dolphins. Children aged 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who also is participating in the dolphin swim experience.
  • SeaVenture: Any guest under the age of 18 must have liability waiver signed by parent or legal guardian after watching the instructional video
  • Trainer for a Day: Children must be at least 6 years old, and under-13s must be accompanied by a paid "Trainer for a Day" adult.

Expectant Mothers:

There are no restrictions for expectant mothers. However please take into account the following:

  • The day will involve swimming in water depths ranging from 3 feet to 15 feet.
  • The Dolphin swim experience involves a live animal weighing over 500lbs.
  • The Dolphin swim experience also involves up-close activities such as kissing and touching of the dolphin, as well as being towed through the water.
  • We therefore advise to consult a doctor before your visit.

Smoking is not permitted at Discovery Cove.

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