Imagine there were a place you could swim amongst dolphins and exotic fish, hand-feed tropical birds, and lie around on a gorgeous beach, peacefully remembering there are few others to jostle with you for space, and no turnstiles keeping you out.
You wouldn’t hesitate to take your family there, right?
Luckily, to your family’s delight, such a place does exist. At Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida, your options for a fun-filled holiday are as endless as the ocean on the horizon. Discovery Cove has everything a gaggle of nature and sun lovers could want: beaches, rivers, oases filled with fish and otters, snorkelling, and unlimited access to SeaWorld Waterpark are just some things you can expect. You’ll love it, your spouse will love it, and your kids will love it — so, what are you waiting for?
Of course, you need more information! Here’s what you need to know before your children drag you out the door.
Tell me more about Discovery Cove and its facilities.
With pleasure! Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive, reservations-only park, restricting numbers to approximately 1300 per day for a more intimate experience. They provide loads of ways to spend your day in the sun and sand: a 30-minute Dolphin Interaction, in which parents and children alike can swim with, and touch, dolphins; The Grand Reef, where you can snorkel with tropical fish and rays; the Freshwater Oasis, full of adorable otters and marmosets to gush over; The Explorer’s Aviary, filled with parrots, toucans, and other exotic birds you can feed by hand; and a large resort pool and flowing, tropical river.
Other perks include breakfast, lunch, and unlimited drinks and snacks, free equipment rentals — and, the best part (well, according to your children, anyway) is unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, included with the Discovery Cove Day Resort Package.
Sounds great! When should I go?
Florida is known for its brilliant weather, and this makes your choice a whole lot easier. Naturally, summer is the best time to go, with the hottest temperatures and minimal showers. Shoulder seasons — spring and autumn — are also ideal, though temperatures during the day will be milder. But, you know, fall in Florida is still a lot like summer! Winter brings cooler days (70 degrees Fahrenheit/20 degrees Celsius and around) and moderate rainfall — not exactly winter in Moscow, is it?
Be sure to check Discovery Cove’s website for the forecast of your desired days.
My kids are practically dragging me to the car. How do I get there, and where can I stay?
You’re in luck! Discovery Cove has a number of partner hotels that offer discounts of dining, purchases at SeaWorld, and more. Not only are these hotels convenient to the park, but they also offer some exclusive benefits: complimentary transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Universal Studios Orlando; quick queue privileges, and early entrance on select dates; and 10% off dining and purchases over $50 at select merchandisers across SeaWorld and Aquatica. Consult Discovery Cove’s website for the full list of partner hotels.
As for directions, the website provides details for driving from the north, west, and east of Florida. You’ll be hearing choruses of “Are we there yet?” before you know it.
Anything else I should know?
Opening hours are from 8am to 5:30pm, with check-in beginning at 7:30am. The park caters for people with disabilities who are able to manoeuvre themselves with limited assistance, or with the help of an aid. Cameras and video recorders are permitted almost everywhere in the park — with the exception of the dolphin lagoons, for the safety of the animals and your electronics — and photographers are on-hand to capture your family’s happy moments (prices for photos and videos vary, depending on your purchased package).
I’m sold. Where can I view pricing and buy tickets?
Be sure to click on the link provided up top, and you’ll be taken to a booking page with photos of the park, availability, and a detailed price list of various packages — not to mention reviews from other satisfied visitors!
The best day out with your loved ones (and a handful of animals) is a mere click away.