3 Park Add-on
Includes free bus transportation to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Unlimited access to The Grand Reef, Freshwater Oasis, Explorer’s Aviary and Serenity Bay
Frequently Asked Questions
Discovery Cove is a day resort as it is an all-inclusive day where meals, drinks, gear, and activities are included once you check in for your day of discovery. For information on overnight accommodations, please see our Hotel Packages options.
Guests of all ages are welcomed at Discovery Cove. Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult who also is participating in the dolphin swim experience. This policy was established to ensure the cognitive and physical stature of the child. These factors are taken into consideration to ensure children are able to interact in a group social setting, accept instructions, and understand the trainer. Also, the physical size of the child is taken into account since he/she will be in water that is approximately 3 feet deep with large, powerful animals. Unaccompanied minors must be at least 14 to participate in the Trainer for a Day program with an accompanying adult in the park with paid admission.
Discovery Cove's resort fee covers ongoing enhancements to exceed our guests' expectations. This fee covers amenities such as, Wi-Fi throughout the property, complimentary family lockers, concierge services, fresh towel service throughout the day, and on-site parking.
The Day Resort Packages at Discovery Cove are all-inclusive. Therefore, admission includes the use of lockers, wetsuit, towels and mask during your stay, free parking at Discovery Cove, shower amenities, souvenir snorkel, food, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and select beers and wines, access to the Explorer's Aviary, The Grand Reef®, Freshwater Oasis®, Serenity Bay, and Wind-Away River. Our guests select in which activities they would like to participate. At this time, we do not offer customized packages for guests who chose not to participate in selected activities.
Your reservation includes a 14-day pass to SeaWorld and Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark™ in Orlando (if you have the Ultimate package which includes Busch Gardens Tampa Bay), you must use it consecutively with your visit to Discovery Cove, either before, after, or a combination of both. Your personalized ID card will serve as your ticket if you decide to visit your selected sister park(s) after your reservation date.
However, if you plan on visiting SeaWorld, Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark™ or Busch Gardens Tampa Bay prior to your Discovery Cove adventure, simply present your confirmation letter and photo ID for each party member, 18 years or older, at their Guest Relations/Services window located at the front gate. At Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark™, the process is the same should you visit there prior to Discovery Cove, however, the entry is located at the Big Kahuna Entrance just to the left of the turnstiles.
Valid annual pass must be shown at time of check-in at Discovery Cove.
The in-water dolphin experience is 30 minutes long. Beforehand, there is a short orientation session (10 minutes) led by Discovery Cove's expert dolphin trainers to discuss safety and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions. Next, small groups wade into the shallow water of the Dolphin Lagoon for the in-water experience with the dolphins.
In the event a named tropical storm or hurricane approaches Orlando, Tampa, or a guest's hometown, the parks will reschedule or refund any vacation package and/or individual park tickets booked through SeaWorld Vacations, Busch Gardens Vacations, DiscoveryCove.com, SeaWorld.com, Aquatica.com, BuschGardens.com, or the call center. The parks will not apply any cancellation or change fees for this service. For additional Discovery Cove information call 407-513-4600.
NO. Discovery Cove and all SeaWorld parks are opposed to these drive hunts in Japan and elsewhere. No animal in our collection is from a drive hunt. The overwhelming majority of marine mammals in our parks were born in our parks. In fact, it is a violation of U.S. law to bring an animal collected in that manner into the U.S. To learn more about SeaWorld® and Discovery Cove® visit http://seaworldcares.com/.
Discovery Cove is a full day adventure with operating hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily. Check-in begins at 7:15 a.m. If you’re participating in 3 or more add-on experiences during your visit to Discovery Cove, please plan to arrive by 7:00 a.m. for check-in and proper scheduling of your day. For individual add-on experience check in times, click here.
If you’re participating in 3 or more add-on experiences during your visit to Discovery Cove, please plan to arrive by 7:00 a.m. for check-in and proper scheduling of your day. For individual add-on experience check in times, click here.
Please click here to view the map of Discovery Cove.
Self-parking at Discovery Cove is complimentary, however parking admission at our sister parks is not included unless your reservation includes the Ultimate package. In this case parking at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is included with your Discovery Cove package. If you would like to add a parking package to your reservation, please contact our Guest Reservations Center at 407-513-4600.
Guests should bring their own swimsuits, and, if they choose, water socks or rubber pool shoes, hat, sunglasses and cover-up or dry clothes. Guests participating in the Trainer for a Day program are required to wear footwear during some portions of their day. Discovery Cove provides all guests with swim vests and/or wetsuits. With the exception of watches and wedding bands, Discovery Cove guests may not wear jewelry, for the safety of the animals.
Discovery Cove provides a mask and snorkel, towels and beach chairs. Guests may use their own masks and snorkels, if they prefer, but may not bring any other diving or swimming equipment into the park. Discovery Cove will also provide guests with a sample of specially formulated sunscreen that is safe for use in the animal habitats. Since meals, snacks and beverages are provided with admission to Discovery Cove, no other food, beverages or coolers are permitted. Guests may wish to bring books and magazines, a music player with headset or similar items to help them relax on the beach, and a camera to catch all of their special moments.
Guests may use their personal cameras and recording devices throughout the park, with the exception of the Dolphin Lagoons, Flamingo Mingle, and Shark Swim (for the safety of our animals and your photo equipment). We do allow other party members to take photos and video of the interaction from our beach areas. In addition, we provide photographers to capture your memories. Photography packages vary in selection and pricing.
Discovery Cove offers special prescription masks in various strengths on a first come, first serve basis.
The temperature of our pools remains constant throughout the year. The fresh water Serenity Bay, Freshwater Oasis and Wind-Away River are maintained around 85-86 F (30 C). The salt water Dolphin Lagoon and The Grand Reef® is maintained around 76-77 F (25 C).
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In order for our team to best serve you and ensure a safe and enjoyable dining experience, we ask that you please read and understand ALL of the important information below.
What To Do: Upon arriving at Laguna Grill please proceed to the Exit and ask to speak with a Supervisor or Chef in order to discuss the severity of your allergens and determine a meal that will be safe for you.
Offering of Specialty Items: Our Park offers several allergen friendly prepackaged items for your special dietary needs. Please contact [email protected] if you wish to address specific dietary needs.
Cross Contact: Not all of our meal facilities are free from cross contact. In order to ensure your meal is safe, please discuss the preparation process for your meal with the supervisor as you place your order to ensure no cross-contact takes place.
Tips for a Safe Trip: Follow these tips to allow us to best serve you and ensure a safe and great dining experience with us!
• Always ask for a supervisor upon arriving at a meal facility.
• Visit meal facilities during non-peak hours or ahead of meal time so that you can be efficiently assisted and served.
• Always ask about cross-contact potential.
This information is provided for informational purposes only by SeaWorld Parks &Entertainment, Inc (SEA). Neither SEA, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, vendors, and/or employees assume responsibility for sensitivity or allergy to any food product or ingredient provided by or in our parks.
Discovery Cove can accommodate guests with disabilities who are able to maneuver themselves with limited assistance (or with the aid of a personal assistant) during their dolphin experience and in the various wading locations. Discovery Cove also offers specially-designed outdoor wheelchairs with oversized tires for easy maneuvering on the beach. The wheelchairs are not self-maneuverable and guests will need assistance operating them. Wheelchairs can be reserved by calling 407-513-4600.
YES! Discovery Cove welcomes service animals. According to federal and state law, a "service animal" is defined as a dog or miniature horse that is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual's disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under state or federal law. Service animals may access all areas of Discovery Cove with the exception of the Aviary, The Grand Reef®, Serenity Bay, Wind-Away River, Freshwater Oasis, and Dolphin Lagoons. Service animals are prohibited from entering these areas due to safety reasons, the nature of these attractions, and the presence of other animals. However, attended service animals are welcome to wait at least 30 feet from the water's edge of these areas. Service animals are the responsibility of the owner and cannot be left unattended at any time. Discovery Cove Team Members are not permitted to take care of, supervise, transport or take custody of service animals at any time. As another option, those guests wishing to do so may utilize the boarding facilities that are available at the Pet Care Center at SeaWorld for a minimal fee. Guests are responsible for maintaining control of their service animal at all times. Service animals must be leashed, tethered or harnessed at all times, unless these devices interfere with the service animal's work or the guest's disability prevents the use of these devices. In which case, the guest must maintain control through voice, signal, or other effective controls. Service animals must be housebroken and waste cleanup is the responsibility of the guest. Please advise the Discovery Cove Team Member at check in upon arrival if an Animal Rest Area is needed for access throughout the day. If a service animal poses a direct threat to the safety or well-being of other park guests, employees or animals, or if a guest is unable to maintain effective control of a service animal, the guest may be asked to remove the animal from Discovery Cove. On these very rare occasions, the guest may board his/her service animal at the SeaWorld Pet Care Center (or make other off-premises arrangements) and may continue to enjoy Discovery Cove without the animal.
We do not place restrictions for expectant mothers; the decision is left up to each individual. However, guests should take the following into consideration: the day will involve swimming with water depths ranging from 3 feet to 15 feet. In addition, if you have chosen to participate in the Dolphin swim experience it will be with a live animal weighing in excess of 500 pounds. The experience will involve up-close activities such as kissing and touching of the dolphin, along with being towed 12 feet through the water while holding onto the dorsal fin of the dolphin. Therefore, we do ask that you consult a doctor prior to your visit. Please ensure that you explain the nature of the interaction and activities to receive a proper assessment.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment suggests that visitors 14 and younger be accompanied by an adult when visiting Discovery Cove.
• Minors 15-17 visiting alone must have parent or legal guardian sign "Authorization to Treat" forms before allowing park entry. This form can be downloaded and completed in advance, please click here for more information.
• All Minors participating in the Dolphin Experience must have any and all release forms signed by a parent/legal guardian over the age of 18.
• Any guest under the age of 18 participating in the SeaVenture experience must have liability waiver signed by parent or legal guardian after watching the instructional video.
All participants or their legal guardians are required to sign a Liability Release Form before experiencing the Dolphin Interaction. For more information on waivers, please click here.