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Ultimate Family Adventure: Why Discovery Cove is a Must-Visit


If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind outing for your family, search no further than Discovery Cove. From personal experience, I can assure you that this all-inclusive oasis is among Orlando’s most exciting destinations. Join us as we explore the highlights and uncover why it’s the perfect spot for family outings.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the ultimate family adventure by purchasing Discovery Cove admission through Orlando Informer at a price that’s too good to pass up! Check out available discounted offerings here!

What to Expect at Discovery Cove

Starting off on a high note, they limit attendance, ensuring a more exclusive and crowd-free experience unlike any other park.

Laguna Grill at Discovery Cove
Laguna Grill at Discovery Cove

Included in your Discovery Cove admission is the convenience of unlimited food and drinks, freeing you from the hassle of carrying cash or cards. From my experience, many families relish this benefit, finding that all-inclusive dining significantly reduces stress and enhances their overall experience.

Swim with Dolphins at Discovery Cove

You’ll also be equipped with a wetsuit and snorkel gear to fully enjoy the array of aquatic adventures available, including the unforgettable experience of swimming with dolphins – complete with fantastic photo opportunities. Keep note that children must be at least six years old to swim with dolphins.

Snorkel gear and wetsuit are provided with admission to Discovery Cove

Additionally, you can explore The Grand Reef, swimming alongside a diverse array of tropical fish in a stunning coral reef setting.

During these water experiences, Discovery Cove ensures guest safety and well-being with lifeguards stationed throughout, providing peace of mind during your visit.

Besides the wetsuit and snorkel gear, Discovery Cove also will provide you with animal-safe sunscreen to protect you and their residents. Access to lockers and towels, as well as shower and changing facilities are also included. And, of course, there are lounge chairs and hammocks throughout the park when you want to sit back and relax.

Experiences for People of All Ages

Beyond the incredible animal encounters, Discovery Cove caters to everyone, whether you’re enjoying a family outing, a romantic date day, or embarking on a solo adventure. There’s truly something for every visitor.

For kids, Discovery Cove is a paradise with several sandy beaches perfect for playing or building sand castles! For those needing extra support in the water, swim fins are available (in addition to the wetsuits provided). Plus, Laguna Grill has a kid-friendly menu featuring favorites like chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese.

Private Cabanas at Discovery Cove

For the grown-ups, the unlimited beverages include a selection of adult drinks, so while enjoying responsibly, feel free to grab a beer or a glass of wine and unwind in one of the many hammocks or beach chairs and relax. For an added touch of luxury, private cabanas are available to rent.

Animal Encounters included with Discovery Cove Admission

Explore additional animal encounters at the Freshwater Oasis, where you can unwind under a lush rainforest canopy and watch adorable otters and marmosets play. With various enrichment sessions scheduled throughout the day for the otters and marmosets, download the Discovery Cove app for session times.

Flamingo Mingle at Discovery Cove

Serenity Bay also awaits you, an exquisite 85° pool that offers a refreshing freshwater break. Here every morning, you can have a glance at the flamboyance of flamingoes as they travel from The Grand Reef to Dolphin Lagoon.

Explorer’s Aviary at Discovery Cove

When you are ready to dry off a little, pay a visit to the Explorer’s Aviary. Filled with gorgeous tropical birds that you can interact with and feed, this vibrant area offers a delightful opportunity for fun and capturing memorable family photos.

Premium Discovery Cove Experiences

Screech Owl at Discovery Cove

In addition to these amazing inclusive experiences, Discovery Cove also offers premium adventures, like feeding Cownose Rays and participating in the Animal Trek. The latter provides a private, behind-the-scenes tour where you can meet and learn about birds and small mammals up close.

SeaVenture at Discovery Cove

Other add-on experiences include SeaVenture, offering a unique opportunity to don a dive helmet and explore the ocean in a whole new way. The Trainer for a Day program allows for an even deeper look into behind-the-scenes interactions with the charming animals at Discovery Cove.

We advise verifying the age requirements for these activities to make sure they align with your family’s needs, ensuring everyone can participate or determining if supervision is needed for your little ones.


For families or individuals, who might need some quiet time and relief from sensory stimulation, they can utilize a dedicated Quiet Space. This area is designed for low traffic and minimal noise, ideal for those in need of a break. An IBCCES Sensory Guide is also available for Discovery Cove, offering further support and information. 

Discovery Cove is accessible for guests using wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECVs), which are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. The park also offers specially-designed outdoor wheelchairs featuring oversized tires, making it easier to navigate the sandy beaches.

Guests who are hearing or visually impaired can call 407-513-4600 or email prior to their visit for assitance with services such as ASL interpreters and park guidance.

If anyone in your group has food allergies or specific dietary requirements, Discovery Cove is ready to assist. Simply check in at Laguna Grill’s exit and discuss your needs with the Supervisor or Chef. 

Speaking from personal experience, my family’s visits to Discovery Cove, twice to date, have been beyond memorable in all the best ways. The first time we went, my daughter, who was nine at the time had an amazing experience on her birthday. She’s twenty now and still fondly recounts these incredible moments. Discovery Cove truly is a remarkable park, offering a unique opportunity to connect with nature in ways many never experience, all while creating unforgettable memories with your family. 

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About Vanessa Leavitt

V.R. Leavitt grew up in Northern Virginia but is proud to call Orlando her home since 2010. She's always been a theme park enthusiast, so living in vacation town is a dream come true. When she's not at the parks, she's checking out all the other great things the City Beautiful has to offer with her family and friends, and also playing mom-taxi for her kid and her hectic band schedule. Besides theme parks, she loves movies, music, and theater and spends lots of time in her Harry Potter-themed office writing, reading, and shooing her cats off of her desk. She's also a big fan of soccer and has an impressive collection of socks with animals on them.