Every year, Discovery Cove in Orlando, Florida welcomes friends and families from around the world to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and all sorts of milestones and “firsts.”From engagements, weddings, and graduations, to new homes, new babies, new jobs, and more, these one-time events are cause for celebration. And, for those who come to this 35-acre tropical oasis in the heart of Central Florida, they recognize every occasion is an extra special occasion at Discovery Cove, thanks to the awe-inspiring animal encounters and exclusive experiences available at this one-of-kind, all-inclusive day park. And whether they are celebrating the love of their life, or simply their love of life, it is an honor to share in their celebration of something – or someone – very special.
In addition to our lush setting and breathtaking animal interactions, one of Discovery Cove’s most appealing attributes is its all-inclusive nature; every admission includes endless food and drink options (including beer and wine), wetsuits, snorkel gear, towels, and many more amenities. Our guests can travel light and fully relax, knowing we will handle the details. That same approach applies to special occasions, with our ambassadors happily working to make every celebration memorable and worry-free – from arranging a reserved VIP Cabana or delivering long-stemmed roses to coordinating a private champagne toast, private photographer, or a customized dolphin experience.
One of the most popular ways to mark a special occasion at Discovery Cove is a personalized interaction between a guest and a bottlenose dolphin during the Signature Dolphin Swim Experience. The experience itself is thrilling, creating in just a few moments a rare bond that can last a lifetime. Guests can have Discovery Cove add to this amazing experience, by arranging to have a dolphin take centerstage by delivering a keepsake buoy with a customized message for someone special. Countless guests have made unforgettable proposals, gender reveals, and other expressions of love with the help of Discovery Cove’s irresistibly friendly and intelligent dolphins.
These kinds of intimate and exclusive moments don’t end there. Many happy couples have chosen to tie-the-knot or renew vows at Discovery Cove, which offers picturesque sunrise weddings for up to 30 guests. Held on the white sandy beach of Serenity Bay, these sunrise ceremonies take place in the morning before the park opens to guests. Once the couple exchange vows before friends and family, the group enjoys a celebratory toast, cutting of the cake, and special photo session. They can then start their new life together, spending the rest of the day enjoying all Discovery Cove offers.
Most guests agree that any visit to Discovery Cove qualifies as a special event, making a great option for those “just because” occasions, too. Nowhere in the world will you find so many diverse and immersive animal experiences in one all-inclusive, tropical day resort.
Dolphin Lagoon: During the signature dolphin swim experience, guests interact with a dolphin in one of our crystal-clear swimming areas ay Dolphin Lagoon. Zoological professional guides offer interesting information about dolphin habits, behaviors, and communication. Guests learn about the special relationships park staff build on each day with these incredible animals, and, most importantly, what they can do to help preserve the natural world we share with marine mammals. Each participant individually interacts with a dolphin and experiences that dolphin’s unique personality through a variety of behaviors.
The Grand Reef®:The perfect place for families to share discoveries, The Grand Reef features multiple levels of exploration – from shallow waters to deeper swimming adventures, and from white sandy beaches to snorkelling among tropical fish and rays through canyons inspired by reefs around the world. Whether wading close to shore or snorkelling into deeper waters, guests can safely discover the wonders of a below-the-surface world teeming with exotic fish, graceful rays and other colorful sea life all around them. Zoological professionals are in the water and on the shore, providing guests with everything from snorkelling tips to fish identification, and sharing stories of the park’s conservation efforts.
Freshwater Oasis®:Providing a fun and “fresh” look into conservation, the Freshwater Oasis features wading adventures and face-to-face encounters with playful otters, as well as an island where playful monkeys may be spotted. The Oasis is staffed with zoo professionals to provide educational information, enrichment sessions, and more. Designed with a rainforest canopy above and sparkling clear springs below, guests can relax, explore, and find endless discoveries.
Explorer’s Aviary: Home to more than 250 exotic birds, this free-flight aviary allows guests to hand-feed and interact with feathered friends as tall as four feet. Guests enter the aviary’s lush, tropical environment by way of the park’s beaches or by drifting under the refreshing waterfalls in the Wind-away River. Along the way, aviculturists are available to offer information, give breeding updates and share conservation messaging.
Wind-Away River: This meandering waterway winds its way through the park, carrying guests past sandy beaches, palm-covered walkways, and rocky lagoons. Guests swimming or drifting the Wind-Away River travel through three different environments: a sunny island beach, a dense tropical forest, and an underwater cave. A refreshing pass under a waterfall brings guests inside the immense free-flight aviary. Flotation devices are provided, as the river varies in depth.
Serenity Bay Beaches and Pools: The park’s sugar-white beaches are lined with swaying palms, tropical foliage, and quaint thatched huts. Guests can claim their own spot among the tall, shady umbrellas, sunning lounges and beach chairs.
In addition to being all-inclusive and offering extraordinary animal adventures, Discovery Cove requires reservations and limits the number of daily guests, making the experience is one of the most exclusive attractions in the country. During these unprecedented times, Discovery Cove has enhanced health and safety protocols and understands that visitors are looking for flexibility in their vacation planning, which is why the resort offers the Book with Confidence policy which allows guests FREE cancellations and a 100% refund if guests need to cancel more than 30 days prior to their reservation date.
And all of that is definitely something worth celebrating.
For more information, or to book a reservation, visit DiscoveryCove.com.