Park hours vary. Check-in and breakfast begin at 7:15 a.m.
Discovery Cove® is an all-inclusive day resort where you and your family can enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel with thousands of tropical fish and rays, hand-feed hundreds of exotic birds, and unwind on pristine beaches. With reservations required and no lines throughout the park, you’ll feel like a VIP in this limited-capacity tropical oasis. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages (including select beer and wines for guests over 21 years of age) are included in admission, as are all amenities you’ll need to enjoy your stay, such as snorkeling gear, fresh towels and more.
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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.
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 Signature Dolphin Swim Experience, which enhances your visit by adding quality time with a dolphin, or the Trainer for a Day upgrade.
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 chance to meet the rescued animals in SeaWorld’s care during Animal Trek. You can even Swim With Sharks — if you dare. And for an exotic experience on land, Flamingo Mingle invites you to feed and learn about flamingos in an outdoor setting.
For more serenity, book 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.
Day Resort Package
- Unlimited snacks and drinks, including select beer and wines for those 21 years of age and older
- Breakfast and lunch
- Snorkeling with tropical fish and rays
- Hand-feeding exotic birds in three free-flight aviaries
- Relaxation on white sand beaches of Serenity Bay
- Enjoyment of the soothing currents of Wind-Away River & Freshwater Oasis (heated to 85 degrees year-round)
- Complimentary parking, towels, lockers, lounge chairs, snorkel gear, animal-safe sunscreen and more
- Packages available that include 14 days of unlimited visits to SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica® Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
All-Inclusive Dolphin Package
- Includes all of the above plus the Signature Dolphin Swim Experience
- Children ages 6 – 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult to participate in the Signature Dolphin Swim Experience.
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Endless open-air adventures await at Discovery Cove, including these experiences included with regular admission.
Get close to dolphins in a serene lagoon — it’s an ideal atmosphere for interacting with these incredible creatures. Zoological professionals introduce you to these gentle, fun-loving marine mammals in a unique 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. It’s a dream come true for many.
Stroll through lovely gardens and mingle with tropical birds in one of three expansive, free-flight aviaries, covering both land and water. Amid the Tropical River’s lovely waterfalls, encounter bird species from around the world: parrots, toucans and other exotics. 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.
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 Sunken Terrace, where you can enjoy a cool drink in a comfy underwater lounge chair.
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 seen behind a panoramic viewing window.
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 streaming waterfalls.
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 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 will serendipitously come into view.
Make your day at Discovery Cove even more memorable with these optional, specially ticketed upgraded experiences.
Trainer for a Day
Experience an all-inclusive Discovery Cove day with extra special perks (when available):
- 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.
Book this private tour for up-close, behind-the-scenes opportunity to meet birds and small mammals. Your trek takes place in a lush private oasis where you’ll come face to beak with a variety of bird species, including macaws, a rescued screech owl and more, creating the perfect moment for a photo. From there, you'll continue this unique experience with a chance to meet Discovery Cove Animal Ambassadors such as an anteater, armadillo, kinkajou or sloth.
Get ready for an unforgettable early-morning experience with Discovery Cove’s expert aviculturists as you meet, mingle with and help feed Caribbean flamingos.
Join Discovery Cove’s expert Aquarists early in the morning to help feed various species of rays, from the energetic Cownose Rays to the impressively large Southern Rays.
You won’t need a SCUBA certification to experience this underwater exploration. You will be 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 wall.
Swim With Sharks
Step into the shark habitat for an intimate shark training session with Discovery Cove’s expert Aquarists. With more than 20 sharks in the habitat, there is a lot to learn about.
Private Cabanas & Day Beds
Definitely worth the splurge, a private cabana or day bed becomes your very own home base. They are ideal spots to relax and enjoy family and friends.
For an additional cost, you can receive unlimited access to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. This also includes parking at all three parks.
Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, popping the question or other special occasion, Discovery Cove offers three tiers of unique packages, including a Celebration Package, Proposal Celebration Package and Premium Proposal Celebration Package. 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.