One of the most relaxing and unique parks in Orlando, this fully equipped all-inclusive oasis feels worlds away from the razzle-dazzle of the other nearby theme parks. From its lobby with a stone-floor, thatched-roof beach vibe to its naturally shaped tropical pools fronted by white sandy beaches, you’ll instantly feel you’re somewhere special as you take in the unique mish-mash of waterpark and sanctuary.
Home to some of the tropical world’s most charismatic creatures, guests can choose to lounge in the sand, observe reef fish and stingrays, snorkel through cavernous grottos, or float along a winding man-made river to an exotic bird aviary, where there is the opportunity to feed birds under staff supervision. The best part? Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and everything you need to enjoy the water—including a take-home snorkel, wet suits, towels, and sunscreen—are included with general admission.
Adjacent to its parent park SeaWorld, Discovery Cove sits 15 miles (24 km) south of downtown Orlando, and about five miles (8 km) north of Disney World. It is open from 9am to 5pm daily, and general admission includes breakfast and lunch, among other amenities including a take-home snorkel, beach towels, and sunscreen. The park is limited to 1,000 guests a day, so make reservations ahead of time.
Although Viator tours do not include this activity, Discovery Cove offers the chance to swim with dolphins or otters under staff supervision and for an additional fee. Children must be at least six years old to swim with the dolphins.