Swimming with dolphins has always been a lifelong dream of mine. I didn’t really think I would ever be able to actually do it for one reason or another. When we booked to go to Walt Disney World in 2014, we also booked a day at Discovery Cove Orlando which included a dolphin swim. This was such an amazing experience, one that will stay with me forever. Is Discovery Cove Orlando worth it in terms of price and value for money? If you’re thinking about visiting, here are 10 reasons to book Discovery Cove.
It’s All Inclusive
Once you have paid for your ticket into Discovery Cove, your day will be all-inclusive from the food and drink on offer, to the dolphin friendly suncream, to the snorkels and masks you can borrow. The only time you will need money is if you choose to purchase the merchandise on offer, or purchase a photo package.
Discovery Cove is a great place where you can swim with dolphins. You don’t have to book a dolphin swim to visit Discovery Cove, the option is available when booking your tickets. I talked more about our day at Discovery Cove in a separate blog post, but for me the dolphin swim was a huge highlight. You also have the option of a deep water swim or a shallow water swim, which for less abled swimmers is a fantastic option. I didn’t think there was any difference between them.
Park Numbers Are Limited
Discovery Cove limit their attendance numbers each day meaning you will never feel as though it is overcrowded. Dolphin swim times are allocated on a first come first serve basis when you check in in the morning, so if you want an early swim get there early! We never felt as though there were too many people about it was lovely.
It’s A Relaxing Day
If you have spent previous days rushing around the theme parks, then a day at Discovery Cove is very relaxing. From the lazy river, to laying on the ample sunbeds on the beach area, to swimming with the marine life, you will leave very relaxed. I know we did.
Plenty To Do
I challenge you to get bored at Discovery Cove. It’s not possible, there is so much to do. We spent ages floating around the lazy river, a lazy river that is so big there are many secret areas we discovered. You can feed the birds in the aviary, relax by the water, watch the dolphins in their area and so much more.
It’s A Whole Day Out
You won’t want to be leaving after half a day at Discovery Cove I can guarantee you. With all of the amenities mentioned above on offer you won’t be wondering what to do next.
Food And Drink
Part of the all-inclusive ticket price is the food and drink. There is so much choice on offer, from breakfast items, hot and cold, to lunch meals. There was salads, hot meals, cold meals, drinks, snacks through the day at kiosks including crisps, and even alcoholic beverages for over 21’s to enjoy as well as fountain drinks.
Nothing is too much trouble at Discovery Cove. The toilets were immaculate and everything was provided down to feminine sanitary items free of charge in the rest rooms. There was always staff around to answer questions and direct you if you needed help.
Something For Everyone
If you are travelling with a large group, you don’t all have to do the same thing, Discovery Cove really does provide something for everyone. Some of us like to lay on a lounger reading a book, whilst others are off snorkelling with the rays.
Your Discovery Cove ticket will also cover your entry into Seaworld and Aquatica. If you get the ultimate ticket then you will also have access to Busch Gardens too. When you arrive at Discovery Cove you are issued a lanyard with your ID which also acts as your ticket into the other parks within a 14 day time frame. The additional entry to parks is unlimited so you can get amazing value for money with the Discovery Cove ticket packages.
Is Discovery Cove Orlando worth it? I think so yes.