One of the most memorable experiences you can have while in Orlando
is the Dolphin Swim Experience at Discovery Cove. Imagine yourself swimming freely with the dolphins in this tropical oasis, exchanging hugs and kisses and even taking an exhilarating fin ride with them.
Dolphins are among the most appealing creatures – they’re almost human in the way they attempt to communicate and play. It’s not surprising that so many people would jump at an opportunity to get up close and find out more about these lovely creatures. The Dolphin Swim Experience allows you to do just that – and it’s not an exaggeration to call it unforgettable.
Once you’re changed into your wetsuit, the actual swim takes 30 minutes, with a 10 minute safety briefing first. Then step into the water, which feels warm but slightly cooler than the other lagoons at Discovery Cove, which is just how the dolphins like it. The staff will help you get to know the dolphins and they are able to answer all your questions about their behaviour and communication. As the dolphins approach you can run your hands along their smooth sides. If your visit coincides with your birthday, make sure you let the team know – and your dolphin experience will be even more special.
Visitors have said things like, “an awesome experience” and “a once in a lifetime opportunity”. They’ve been full of praise for the staff too, who take great care of all the guests but especially those with disabilities and children (who must be over six years of age to participate).
The beauty of Discovery Cove is that you make a day of it – your entry ticket
allows you to spend your time snorkelling, meeting the comical rays or just relaxing on the beaches. We love that the number of visitors every day is limited and you just turn up for your Dolphin Swim at the appointed time. In fact they seem to have thought of everything – meals, snacks and even sunscreen and snorkel gear are included. Before you go, find out about the SeaVenture experience too – the only thing that costs extra and well worth adding to make your day complete.