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Discovery Cove, Orlando

4.7
#10 of 115 in Theme Parks in Florida
Must see · Water Park · Theme Park
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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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  • We got there late because our flight came in so late the night before. We had lunch which we thought was bland. We like spicy food and the advertised jerk chicken was a let down. Then it was off to... 
    We got there late because our flight came in so late the night before. We had lunch which we thought was bland. We like spicy food and the advertised jerk chicken was a let down. Then it was off to...  more »
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  • Well worth a visit. I do think it's a bit overpriced, but would surely go again and recommend Discovery Cove. Very easy check-in process. The park was very clean upon arrival, but got pretty messy as the day went on. Drinks were left near empty beach chairs and in the sand. The showers were dirty (because guests left it this way). They did however turn over tables very quickly in the dining area. Breakfast and lunch was delicious. My only complaint is the buffet line, mostly the lunch line, was very long and could have been laid out better to allow for quicker service. Everything else was great! The the lazy rivers and snorkeling was awesome. I also enjoyed the aviary. This is totally an all day thing so arrive as soon as the park opens. We were there before most of the crowd and didn't have to wait long for anything. Also, the landscaping is amazing, it makes you forget you're in the middle of a Florida and not on a Caribbean island.
  • We had the most amazing day here & would definitely recommend it to anyone! It is pricey, but so worth it. The whole day was very relaxing. The place was busy but not overly crowded & the only line we waited in was at the restaurant. The food was worth it though & my kids loved snacking & eating all throughout the day. We loved the freshwater oasis for it's relaxing vibe & the reef snorkeling experience was so much more exciting than I expected. There were so many different kinds of fish & rays, plenty of space for exploring the reef...it was a phenomenal experience. Of course the dolphin 🐬 swim was the icing on the cake. It was so cool to meet the trainers & get to know the dolphin. We got to meet & swim with Ares & aside from the water temp, I cannot find one fault with the experience. The whole day at Discovery Cove was amazing...I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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