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7 Signature Experiences at Discovery Cove

  • By Tammy van der Westhuizen
  • Published 10 September 2014
  • Revised 19 January 2023
7 Signature Experiences at Discovery Cove
  • By Tammy van der Westhuizen
  • Published 10 September 2014
  • Revised 19 January 2023
7 Signature Experiences at Discovery Cove
  • By Tammy van der Westhuizen
  • Published 10 September 2014
  • Revised 19 January 2023

Orlando packs in many once-in-a-lifetime occasions for eager tourists. Yet like a pearl, one hidden gem is emerging from the ocean of theme parks: Discovery Cove. Here is a place where the beach comes to you, an island-style blissful bay in landlocked Orlando. From interacting with marine life to snorkelling in the sapphire streams and lounging on sandy shores, there's much to see and do. There's also plenty to eat at this all-inclusive venue – you'll get free breakfast, lunch and snacks with a beer or wine to toast your sea-sational day. Pondering a visit? Here are Discovery Cove's top seven signature experiences for 2023 escapes...

Dolphin Lagoon

Have you ever wished to swim with dolphins? At Discovery Cove, your hopes become a reality. Book a one-to-one encounter with the ocean's friendliest mammal and form a bond you'll never forget. Before your swim, you'll first learn about the bottlenose dolphin's behavioural habits from an animal specialist. Then you're free to swim in the great blue lagoon with your loveable new marine friend. We assure you that it will be one of the most unforgettable 30 minutes of your life.

The Grand Reef

Dive into the magical waters of The Grand Reef, home to vibrant coral and freshwater creatures. A paradise for snorkelling, the more you explore this underwater world, the more magnificence you'll discover as you swim alongside tropical fish and manta rays. And once you pry yourself from the warm waters, venture around the lush island of connecting bridges and hidden coves.

Explorer's Aviary

Enter the leafy bird sanctuary where exotic birds roam, fly, and perch on your shoulder. A world away from Discovery Cove's other aquatic attractions, you'll still hear a bubbling river against the shrill echoes of birdsong. Remember to grab a handful of fruit before you enter, so birds can flock to you while you feed them. A heaven for bird lovers and nature enthusiasts, everyone can relax in the Explorer's Aviary's peaceful lull.

Freshwater Oasis

A sea of Asian small-clawed otters and a marmoset island is what you'll find at the Freshwater Oasis, so you can explore both above and under the water. And the setting is purely blissful, with a flourishing rainforest canopy shading the crystal-clear springs. After interacting with playful otters and observing animated marmosets sitting in trees, enjoy the surroundings with a refreshing cocktail in hand. It's a truly romantic place to rest and unwind as you frolic in the freshwater pond.

Serenity Bay

Serene by name and nature, you'll be forgiven for thinking you're on a Caribbean beach. Serenity Bay's fine white sand, invitingly warm waters, and fabulous presence of flashy flamingos are the epitome of paradise. Plunge into the heated 85°F/30°C turquoise sea and lather on the animal-friendly sunscreen as you soak up the sunshine on the glorious beachfront. A playground for families and loved by guests of all ages, you can go from building sandcastles to swimming under waterfalls and exploring secret caves. Whatever you do, calm lingers all around you.

Wind-Away River

Another one of Discovery Cove's soothing attractions, feel all tension melt away as you slowly swim along the Wind-Away River's gentle current. Take a deep breath or fasten your snorkel and follow the passage of this tropical stream that takes you past Discovery Cove's scenic sights. Marvel at Freshwater Oasis' jungle, Serenity Bay's stunning beach, and the thriving birdlife of Explorer's Aviary. While underwater, you'll get to delight in the magnificent wonders that exist in the aquamarine stream.


Upgrade your ticket to explore further and deeper. Don a dive helmet to experience the enchanting SeaVenture - a walking tour where you can calmly breathe underwater. You'll also discover more of The Grand Reef on your SeaVenture, as you come face to face with tropical marine life and feed a shoal of fish as they flurry around you.

Ready for adventure? Browse our Discovery Cove 2023 & 2024 tickets to find the best deal for you.


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