Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is a theme park owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, and located in Orlando, Florida. It is the sister park of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando. Visitors to the park can interact with a range of marine animals including bottlenose dolphins.

Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove Logo.svg
LocationOrlando, Florida, United States
Coordinates28°24′19.50″N 81°27′42″W / 28.4054167°N 81.46167°W / 28.4054167; -81.46167Coordinates: 28°24′19.50″N 81°27′42″W / 28.4054167°N 81.46167°W / 28.4054167; -81.46167
OwnerSeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
Operated bySeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
OpenedJuly 1, 2000; 21 years ago (2000-07-01) Edit this at Wikidata


The main experience at Discovery Cove is swimming with a dolphin, where visitors can “talk, touch, play and swim” with bottlenose dolphins.[1]

The park contains a free-flight aviary, which contains over 250 tropical birds including parrots, toucans, and over 30 other species of exotic birds.[1] The heated Tropical River runs through the aviary and circles the park, allowing guests to float past an assortment of the Discovery Cove’s beaches, waterfalls, and rainforest landscape. The Tropical River runs into the park’s freshwater resort pool.[2]

In June 2011, the park expanded with the opening of The Grand Reef. This reef was needed due to the original reef having a persistent salt water leak, which affected the ground water, and replaced the original reef with Freshwater Oasis.[3] The Grand Reef features a white-sand beach, palm-lined island and underwater grottos filled with moray eels, reef sharks and scores of other tropical fish. Activities range from snorkeling with eagle rays to crossing a rope bridge over a shark-filled lagoon.[3]


Discovery Cove admission is all-inclusive[clarification needed] and options include tickets to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa. Three different admission options are offered by the park, including the dolphin-swim, non-dolphin-swim and “Trainer for a Day” packages.[citation needed] Reservations for Discovery Cove are required and a maximum of 1300 guests can be present in the park at any one time.[2] Discounts are often available for Florida Residents.[4]


  1. ^ a b "The Discovery Cove Experience". 2011-03-23. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  2. ^ a b "Explore Discovery Cove - Swim with Dolphins, Snorkeling in Florida". 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  3. ^ a b Garcia, Jason (2010-10-13). "SeaWorld unveils new reef for Discovery Cove, new coaster for Busch Gardens". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2013-02-02.
  4. ^ "Discovery Cove Discounts". Retrieved 2019-12-22.

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