SeaWorld and Discovery Cove Overview

    By VISIT FLORIDA staff

    If you're new to the Orlando theme parks scene, you need a crash course. Read up on SeaWorld and Discovery Cove basics here.

    Combining spectacular entertainment, up-close animal encounters and thrilling rides is SeaWorld's recipe for adventure. Now the marine adventure park is ready to spice up that recipe with exciting new additions. Guests can enjoy the Waterfront at SeaWorld. This five-acre village is infused with the sights, sounds, flavor and festivity of the most vibrant cities by the sea.

    SeaWorld creates extraordinary memories with spectacular shows. At the world-famous "One Ocean," visitors witness the awesome power of Shamu the orca whale and the amazing feats performed by trainers and these amazing animals.

    SeaWorld's newest thrill the Manta -- find out what it is like to spin, glide and skim like a giant ray.Thrill-seekers also enjoy Journey to Atlantis, a wild and fun water-coaster ride through the mysterious lost city; and Wild Arctic, an unforgettable motion-based flight in a "jetcopter" over spectacular, panoramic views of the frozen North.

    SeaWorld Orlando opens at 9 a.m., daily. Closing times vary. For general park information visit or call (407) 351-3600.



    See killer whales jumping out of the water at SeaWorld Orlando

    See killer whales jumping out of the water at SeaWorld Orlando

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    Invite family and friends to come visit and swim with dolphins!

    Invite family and friends to come visit and swim with dolphins!

    - Discovery Cove, Orlando

    Swim with Dolphins at Discovery Cove


    Nestled in a lush tropical landscape in Orlando lies an all-inclusive tropical paradise that can be yours for a day. It is here at Discovery Cove that you can swim with dolphins, glide with stingrays, safely come face-to-face with sharks and immerse yourself in the ultimate marine-life experience with no barriers, lines or crowds. From the moment you arrive, you will be treated to personalized service, beginning with complimentary parking, concierge-style check-in and a special Adventure Guide who will help you begin your day.

    For memories that will last a lifetime, you'll enjoy the incredible opportunity to swim and play with beautiful bottlenose dolphins in a deep-water lagoon during your 30-minute dolphin interaction. Snorkel through a massive Coral Reef with over 9,000 tropical fish, rays, and even barracuda and sharks housed safely behind glass partitions. Glide with smaller stingrays in the Ray Lagoon, and then escape to the free-flight Aviary, home to over 200 tropical birds that you can actually hand-feed and touch.

    Continue your day of fun by playing in our resort-style pool, frolicking under waterfalls, floating down a Tropical River and wandering through thatched-roof huts and cabanas. Or claim a shaded hammock and relax on sugar-white sandy beaches. When you are ready, a freshly prepared meal will be served at Laguna Grill.

    Your unlimited pass to SeaWorld Orlando is the perfect complement to a day spent at Discovery Cove. You can use your SeaWorld pass for up to seven days before or after your Discovery Cove visit.  Admissions to Discovery Cove are limited and by reservation only, so call 1-877-4-DISCOVERY or get on-line at