Orlando, Florida, is the home of Discovery Cove, an all-inclusive day resort for the entire family. Yes, there really is something for everybody and every age. There's usually no waiting at the activities in Discovery Cove because the park limits its daily attendance to approximately 1,300 visitors. Thinks about it, no long lines at whichever attraction you choose.
So what are the resort's attractions? Let's get right to it:
The Grand Reef
Naturally, the resort has a large pool and plenty of amenities. Sounds nice already, huh?
And then there is The Grand Reef, where you can snorkel among tropical fish and rays. Once you arrive, there will be many surprises in store. One part of the reef has sharks swimming around below the visitors (protected by glass, of course). Another location within the venue boasts thousands of beautiful tropic fish that swim around you as you navigate the waters. There are even bridges, smaller reefs, and paths that take you to hidden grottos and allow you to investigate the attraction from around, below and above. Visiting the Grand Reef is part of your visitor package and happens to be a snorkeler's delight.
The Freshwater Oasis
The Freshwater Oasis is a place where you can come face-to-face with otters and marmosets. What's a marmoset, you ask? A marmoset is a type of new world monkey. They are usually around 20 inches in length and are, in reality, wild animals, but they crave having company. Suffice to say, there are also many nooks and crannies to explore, along with an In-Water Relaxation Station where visitors can regroup in a warm water pool around which refreshments are served. A rainforest canopy and sparkling clear springs are full of unique discoveries. This site is included in your Discovery Cove package.
Love tropical birds? Then the Explorer's Aviary will be right up your alley. Hundreds of colorful birds fly above and around you, and many will eat a bit of fruit right out of your hand. The aviary is included in your visit. You can, in fact, get up close and personal with many of the beautifully-colored, warbling feathered friends.
What just might be the most exciting attraction at Discovery Cove is the Seaventure, which is what can be called an underwater walking tour. Visitors climb down a ladder wearing a diving helmet and begin walking on the reef floor. An 8-foot tall, 21-foot panoramic window allows you to look sharks right in the eye. While strolling along, you will meet schools of fish, velvet-to-the-touch rays, and other unique sea life that you can reach out and touch. The journey ends by being surrounded by a school of fish feeding. Quite an adventure, eh? The trip takes about 45-minutes which includes training and orientation. Up to nine people can take part in one excursion. This adventure is not included in your Discovery Cove package.
At the Dolphin Lagoon, you can, you guessed it, swim with the dolphins. Within your 30-minute play date, a trainer will educate you in:
- Dolphin habits
- Dolphin behaviors
- Dolphin communication abilities
- Dolphin tricks and flips
And then you will swim with your newly-found friends. A reservation is required for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Discovery Cove also has:
- A fabulous array of food and drinks that are inclusive. You heard us correctly.
- Personal cabanas
- Fresh towels
- Animal-safe sunscreen
- Wetsuits and vests
- Snorkeling gear
- Lounge chairs
- Serenity Bay, an 85-degree pristine pool
- Wind-Away River, a great place to ride the currents, snorkel, rest on a beach, visit cascading waterfalls, and explore an underwater cave.
Just so you'll know:
- Several of the adventures at Discovery Cove require booking.
- Folks who live in Florida can save on Discovery Cove reservations.
- Discovery Cove offers military discounts
- Day packages are available for the park.
- The resort is accredited and certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Humane Certified, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the International Marine Animal Trainers' Association, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums
- Discovery Cove is part of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.
Over 2,000 people care for the animals at the SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Busch Gardens parks, and have dedicated their careers to caring for animals big and small. What are you waiting for? Make your reservations today.