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Discovery Cove

Swim among dolphins and rays, feed colorful birds and explore a coral reef in this recreation of a tropical ocean world in Orlando, Florida.   

Discovery Cove® brings the ocean’s wonders to your fingertips. Swim with dolphins, snorkel among tropical fish and walk below exotic birds. The theme park is owned and operated by SeaWorld® Parks and Entertainment. Take advantage of its location in sunny Orlando, Florida and enjoy the resort’s warm and welcoming water.

Meet Discovery Cove’s stars in the Dolphin Swim Experience at Dolphin Lagoon. Use hand signals to encourage dolphins to complete tricks before going for a swim alongside them. The resort provides wetsuits to ensure that you are properly dressed to comfortably interact with the dolphins.

Snorkel among thousands of fish and rays in The Grand Reef®. Watch sharks swim below you or swim alongside rays as wide as your arm span. Discover hidden islands and secret grottos scattered around the reef.

Not all the creatures in Discovery Cove® are from the sea. Head to Freshwater Oasis®, which features sparkling springs beneath a rainforest canopy. Come face-to-face with adorable otters and marmosets.

Sit back and enjoy the ride in the Wind-Away River. This leisurely waterway takes you along sandy beaches, lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls and a spooky underwater cave.

Get close to feathered friends in the Explorer’s Aviary, where colorful birds fly and chatter all around you. Hold out your hand with some fruit and see what bird lands for a snack.

If you want a home base during your visit, rent a cabana for the day. These little oases contain lounge chairs, seating, snacks and lockers.

Your ticket to Discovery Cove® is all inclusive, covering food, drinks and equipment rental. It also includes unlimited same-day admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™. You can also get more deluxe packages, such as the Dolphin Swim Experience or Trainer for a Day program. Parking is included in the ticket price. The park is open every day of the year.

Daily visitor numbers are limited at Discovery Cove®, meaning that it never feels too crowded. Make reservations in advance to ensure your entry. Check the website or call to confirm current age requirements for exhibits, particularly Dolphin Lagoon.


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Lodging Near Discovery Cove

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Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld $109
Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld

Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld

6924 Grand Vacations Way, Orlando
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 3,329 reviews
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Within 4 miles of Walt Disney World Theme Parks, this 33-acre resort is within easy reach of SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, Aquatica, Discovery Cove, and Walt Disney World Resort.

    Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld $63
    Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

    Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

    10815 International Drive, Orlando
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 1,621 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquatica and Discovery Cove. SeaWorld® Orlando and Orange County Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld $71
      SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

      SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

      10801 International Dr, Orlando
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 1,313 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aquatica and Discovery Cove. SeaWorld® Orlando and Orange County Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Parc Corniche Condominium Suite Hotel
        Parc Corniche Condominium Suite Hotel

        Parc Corniche Condominium Suite Hotel

        6300 Parc Corniche Drive, Orlando
           
          3.8
          of 5, from 1,715 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Adjacent to the Grande Pines Golf Course, this hotel is 2 miles from SeaWorld Orlando, 3 miles from the convention center, and within 8 miles of the Disney Springs® Area and Universal Studios.

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld
          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld

          10771 International Drive, Orlando
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 55 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Orlando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aquatica and Discovery Cove. SeaWorld® Orlando and Orange County Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld
            TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

            TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

            10731 International Drive, Orlando
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 80 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Orlando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aquatica and Discovery Cove. SeaWorld® Orlando and Orange County Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Marriott's Grande Vista $116
              Marriott's Grande Vista

              Marriott's Grande Vista

              5925 Avenida Vista, Orlando
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 1,416 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                The 200-acre Marriott's Grande Vista Condominium Resort provides a tropical setting combined with recreational fun, 0.5 mile from SeaWorld and 8 miles from Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks.

                Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld $89
                Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

                Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

                11000 Westwood Blvd, Orlando
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 2,111 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  This all-suite hotel is only a quarter-mile from SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove, and less than 15 minutes drive from Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort; Orlando International Airport is 13 miles away.