What if we told you that there was a place where you could feel like you are in a tropical paradise, but in reality, you’ve never left the Orlando area? Trust us, it really does exist. Consider adding a full day at Discovery Cove on your next Orlando adventure.
Discovery Cove, which is part of the SeaWorld community, is the perfect place for any family to visit. The all-inclusive day, which starts from the moment you arrive, is sure to please kids and adults alike.
One of our absolute favorite opportunities was the visit to the Freshwater Oasis. You’ll come face to face with otters and marmosets as you relax and enjoy the rain forest canopy above and the sparkling clear springs below.
We also recommend taking a visit to the Explorer’s Aviary where hundreds of birds will soar around you and with you as you walk through. You’ll even be able to hold a little container of food, so be prepared for these hungry birds to swoop down and eat literally out of the palm of your hand.
If you are a fan of snorkeling, this is the place for you to visit. Head to the Grand Reef and be prepared to experience the snorkel adventure of a lifetime.
You’ll be able to swim through the waters with thousands of tropical fish or watch from a far as you enjoy the beachy waters edge. Swimming with sharp toothed reef sharks? You bet! You can find it all at the Grand Reef.
Of course, the highlight of everyone’s trip to Discovery Cove is the experience of swimming with dolphins. An add on to your day, you definitely don’t want to miss the chance to swim with these adorable creatures. You’ll begin your experience with a little education about dolphins and all there is to know about them. The end of the experience, probably the most exciting part, is when you grab onto a dorsal fin and speed off as your dolphin takes you on a quick swim!
If all the things included don’t tick off every box on your Discovery Cove bucket list, there are upgrades available as well. Potential upgrades include everything from drink packages and day beds to swimming experiences with sharks and dolphins. The most popular upgrade is the Trainer for a Day experience.
During the Trainer for a Day experience, you’ll be treated like an official employee of SeaWorld. This experience is perfect for the all-encompassing animal lover, the ultimate chance to get up close and personal with the sea creatures who call SeaWorld home.
As you start out your day, you’ll get to experience a deep-water interaction with two dolphins that includes a private photo session. Who doesn’t love to get up close to those lovable creatures?
Also included with Trainer for a Day is a behind the scenes tour of all the Discovery Cove support areas. You’ll literally be shadowing a trainer for the entire day. You’ll also be able to feed the tropical fish at the Grand Reef and have special meet and greets with tropical birds and small mammals. Throw in the exclusive underwater camera for the duration of the experience and be ready for a day full of fun.
Adventures at Discovery Cove start out at the price of $170 per person, but advance reservations are required. To learn more about Discovery Cove and SeaWorld, head over to 365Tickets Canada.