About Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove contains a coral reef, where guests can swim with thousands of tropical fish, Sting Rays up to 4 feet across and an underwater shark and tigerfish tank located behind protective glass. The park contains a free-flight aviary, which contains over 250 tropical birds including parrots, toucans, and over 30 other species of exotic birds.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 heated freshwater resort pool.
new attraction opened in June 2011 called the Grand Reef. It 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. This attraction opened on June 10, 2011.
This park is unlike any other theme park in Florida. Admission is much more, around $280 per guest in the summer season (this price includes the Dolphin Swim, admission can be reserved without this for a lower rate. Also in the fact that you need to make reservations, as they limit it to around 1000 visitors a day.
Discovery Cove admission is all-inclusive and includes a ticket to SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando or 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. Reservations for Discovery Cove are required, and a maximum of 1200 guests can be present in the park at any one time. The park recently launched a program called "Twilight Discovery" that also includes a gourmet dinner and drinks. Private cabanas located throughout the park are also available for rent.
The park contains an aviary which contains parrots, toucans, and other exotic birds of different types. The "Lazy River" meanders through the aviary, with waterfalls to keep the birds inside.
The park has restrictions on bringing your own sun screen. They provide you with their own "Environmentally Friendly" lotion. The water temperatures for the "Lazy River" and the reef varies quite a lot. The Lazy River can be quite cold but the reef is warmer.
There are no maps for this park, when I asked for one I was told to "Discover"
Discovery Cove is well worth a visit but it is one of those attractions that you wouldn't do every year or every visit.