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|Location||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Owner||SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment|
|Opened||July 1, 2000|
Discovery Cove is an amusement park owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, located on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida. It is a sister park of SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando. Guests can interact with a range of marine animals including bottlenose dolphins.
Guests at Discovery Cove can “talk, touch, play and swim” with bottlenose dolphins.
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.
A 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.
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.
An artificial saltwater pool containing many types of rays and fish for guests to swim among.
Golden conure, one of the many exotic birds in the aviary
Sun conure being hand fed
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