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Discovery Cove

6000 Discovery Cove Way | Orlando, FL 32821 | Official website
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  • Type: Zoos and Aquariums
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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There are animal encounters and then there's Discovery Cove a companion site to SeaWorld that receives rave reviews from past travelers. Here, you can get up close and personal with dolphins, sting rays, otters and marmosets, plus exotic birds. And since it's a reservation-only park (capacity is capped at 1,300 guests per day), you'll get to interact with the animals and trainers more intimately. Day packages include breakfast, lunch and unlimited snacks and beverages (including alcoholic libations). When you're not swimming with the dolphins, try snorkeling with tropical fish and rays in the park's coral reef or floating throughout the park's lush landscape on the Wind-away River. If you need a break from the water, dry off on one of the beaches or feed some of the birds in Discovery Cove's free-flight aviary.

According to recent visitors, it's this plethora of diverse attractions that make Discovery Cove such a memorable Orlando experience. "Out of all our trips to Florida and the parks, this is the one day we will remember most," said one TripAdvisor user. While a trip here will cost you (packages start at $179 per person without the dolphin swim experience), past visitors offer a few cost-saving tips: Avoid buying the photo package offered by Discovery Cove as it's unnecessarily expensive. If you're on a budget, consider skipping the dolphin swim (these packages start at $259).

Discovery Cove is adjacent to SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando; it's open every day from 8 a.m. (check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.) to 5:30 p.m. Packages start at $179 (not including tax), but pricing fluctuates and is largely based on availability. Your reservation also includes a 14-day pass to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park. Children must be at least 6 years old to participate in any of the dolphin swims. Visit the official website for more information.

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