In addition to the exhilarating adventures, guests are also able to enjoy unlimited access to food and drinks throughout the day. As an all-inclusive, reservations-only park, Discovery Cove is unique compared to other theme parks. Only around 1,300 visitors are permitted each day to offer a more intimate, resort-like experience for guests.
Discovery Cove is a tropical paradise with rocky lagoons surrounded by lush scenery, winding rivers, tropical reef, pristine white sand beaches, and a resort-style pool with waterfalls. Among Discovery Cove's many features are a coral reef and a free-flight aviary. It also contains the heated Tropical River, along which visitors can float by a variety of waterfalls, rainforest scenery, and beaches into a freshwater heated pool. The river flows through the aviary and circles the park.
The Dolphin Lagoon's dolphin swim experience is one of Discovery Cove's signature experiences and the highlight of the day. Guests have the opportunity to "talk, touch, play and swim" in the lagoon with one of the friendly bottlenose dolphins. The entire experience lasts forty-five minutes and starts with a short orientation in a cabana.
After the orientation, groups of six to eight people begin the thrilling thirty minute water adventure led by a trainer acquaints guests with these intelligent creatures through rubdowns, kisses, and hugs as they learn about dolphin communication and behavior. The adventure ends out in deeper water with an exhilarating dorsal fin tow ride back to the shore. An informative trainer talk and video teach guests about the characteristics of dolphins and how trainers communicate with the spectacular animals by using hand signals and positive reinforcement.
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