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Swim with the Dolphins at Discovery Cove

Swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove

If you love dolphins and other ocean life, you will love this Orlando attraction. Discovery Cove, a sister theme park to SeaWorld, allows you the chance to “talk, touch, play and swim” with bottlenose dolphins. For many visitors, it is a chance of a lifetime.

Reservations are needed since the park only admits 1000 people per day allowing for a relaxing experience. When calling to reserve your family entrance into this Orlando attraction you have three packages to choose from; non-dolphin swim, dolphin swim, and the “Trainer for the Day.”

The cost may seem expensive, but it is all-inclusive admission including; unlimited food and drink, consisting of lunch and breakfast, equipment rental; snorkels, fins, wet suits, towels, etc. Since Busch owns the park you also receive a free ticket to your choice of one of its sister parks – SeaWorld or Busch Gardens in Tampa. You will experience all of Discovery Cove’s attractions and a full day’s fun at another theme park. With all of this included, the price is quite reasonable.

What can you expect on your visit when entering this Orlando attraction is tranquility; surrounded by a tropical oasis while being treated like royalty by the staff. When arriving, an informative video and talk with your trainer is held. Then, if the dolphin swim package was selected, you head there. If not, there is a lot more activities to enjoy.

The “Dolphin Swim Experience” allows you to interact with your dolphin, along with a trainer, and then take a ride across the pool and back holding their fin. The experience of playing with these magnificent creatures last 30 minutes and the pool area is limited to six to eight guests at a time.

Afterwards, go snorkeling at the Tropical Reef along with stingrays, tropical fish and coming eye to eye with sharks and barracudas. Before tiring yourself out, it is highly advised to casually swim down to the Wind-Away River where you can enjoy waterfalls, a rain forest, waterfalls, an underwater cave as well as a beach and rocky terrain area. The surroundings will relax you beyond belief.

There is more to see at this Orlando attraction so experience all there is at the Tropical Reef and Wind-Way River, but do not forget to save time to experience other amazing opportunities offered at Discovery Cove. Explorer’s Aviary allows you to see tropical birds at a close distance and Serenity Bay; a surreal area with sandy beaches, waterfalls and a pool.

Orlando attraction planning needs to be done in order to save up, then make reservations. Be sure to take advantage of the second park for free that Discovery Cove offers. Two theme parks for the price of one! You won’t be disappointed.


Freshwater Oasis – a Tropical Treat

The wise guys at Capone’s Dinner & Show are looking for some heat relief, and found a freshwater oasis at an Orlando Water Park! It’s been a few weeks since the Freshwater Oasis at Discovery Cove opened (June 2012), and many visitors to the area still don’t know about it. It was supposed to open in the Spring, but what the heck, summer is good for us!

Freshwater Oasis is a tropical retreat which replaced a saltwater reef (that had been leaking) at Discovery Cove and is home to otters and marmosets in a rainforest setting. Sounds cool and refreshing, right? It is that, and more.

Freshwater Oasis
This section of the Orlando theme park is set up as trails filled with water. You can hike along these streams, wade through them, and at times, swim around in them. Explore the various trails and even relax on a secluded beach! Watch for the energetic marmosets as they busy themselves to the entertainment of the guests. All levels of swimmers will enjoy the water, as well as the Asian River Otters who swim near guests (in their own area separated by plexiglass). The tropical flooded terrace is a favorite stopping point for most guests. No matter where you turn, you’ll find endless discoveries.

Freshwater Oasis joins the Grand Reef

Mostly known for their ‘swim-with-the-dolphins program,’ this new Freshwater Oasis joins the Grand Reef in Discovery Cove’s line up of all-day enjoyment. The price of admission is included in the admission ticket, however, the number of guests allowed into this section of the park is limited to 1,000 per day, so be sure to reserve your spot by calling 1-877-434-7268.

Seasonal rates for Discovery Cove vary starting around $180, going up to over $300 (rates for Day Resort Package without dolphin swim experience and guests ages 3-5 start a little under $200). This may seem rather expensive, but a day in a tropical paradise, not to mention the wonderful memories you’ll have, will be worth every penny. Check it out at discoverycove.com.

End Your Day with Half Price Dinner

After a day swimming with dolphins and otters, you’ll be hungry so head down to Capone’s Dinner & Show. Purchase your tickets online at half price. Our show will completely entertain your entire family – not in the same way as the marmosets, but entertaining all the same. It’ll be the perfect night to end a perfect day. See you at Capone’s!


A Vacation First: Swim with a Dolphin

Although many visitors to Central Florida first think of Disney, Universal or Sea World as the first stop of their vacation, there just might be an option you’ve never even heard of – Discovery Cove. Yes, it is a part of Sea World, but this park is a stand-alone experience, and could be that unforgettable experience you’ve always wanted to have while on vacation but never thought of.

Discovery Cove offers two types of packages, a dolphin package and a non-dolphin package. Not that there aren’t several reasons to come to this park, but personally, I feel the dolphins MAKE this an experience unlike any other theme park. If you have the slightest interest in these spectacular creatures, you owe it to yourself to participate in the dolphin-swim.  If you’re really into dolphins, book their ‘trainer for the day’ experience. Otherwise you can still feed the birds, snorkel, wade with rays and see beautiful fish.

The package (starting at $199) includes everything for a full day – parking, gear, towels, lockers, breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages. When you add up what you’d pay at other theme parks throughout an entire day, the cost doesn’t seem so extravagant. The dolphin swim is only a part of your day, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore the rest of the park – the Tropical Reef, Wind-Away River, Explorer’s Aviary and Serenity Bay.

The reason to start your vacation at Discovery Cove? When you make your reservation ask about passes to Sea World, Busch Gardens and Aquatica – their sister parks. You just might get to visit them for free! Who knew that the most memorable day of your vacation could be the start to so many other memorable experiences?! Another hint: Spend the extra money and purchase the video/photo package. Although this day will “live in your heart for years to come,” the video of you and your new best dolphin friend (or your child’s) is a way to re-live the first day of your best vacation over and over again.