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Swimming With Dolphins Discovery Cove - Orlando, Florida

Updated on September 18, 2014

When my husband and I celebrated our 16th anniversary, we decided to go back to Orlando, to visit a park we have not been to yet. We visited Discovery Cove. The lush, tropical landscape at Discovery Cove is breathtaking!

If you are looking for a summer vacation spot and love love SeaWorld and dolphins, this is where you need to go. At this park you can get up close and personal with these amazing animals. If you are planning a visit to Orlando, Florida; this park is a must see. View more photos from my trip below. That is me to the right with my dolphin CJ.

Best Place To Swim With Dolphins
Best Place To Swim With Dolphins

Discovery Cove

Orlando, Florida

Discover Cove is a theme park in Orlando, Florida. At Discovery Cove guests can get up and close with a range of animals. One of the biggest adventures for guests is to swim with the bottle-nose dolphins. Other attractions at Discovery Cove are things such as: an exotic bird aviary, a coral reef with a plethora of tropical fish in the man-made salt water lagoon and a white sand beach. Also, Discovery Cove is all-inclusive: food and drinks are provided for your entire day.

Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove - Tips for a Day in Paradise
Discovery Cove - Tips for a Day in Paradise

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Dolphins on ceiling at Discovery Cove
Dolphins on ceiling at Discovery Cove

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Video of my dolphin encounter at Discovery Cove! - His name is CJ!

CJ Showing Off!

CJ the dolphin at Discovery Cove
CJ the dolphin at Discovery Cove

Photos from my swim with CJ the dolphin!

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Here comes CJ!We begin to pet and feed the dolphin!The trainer gives us some details about him.Then we get personal time with the dolphin.Me kissing my dolphin!
Here comes CJ!
Here comes CJ!
We begin to pet and feed the dolphin!
We begin to pet and feed the dolphin!
The trainer gives us some details about him.
The trainer gives us some details about him.
Then we get personal time with the dolphin.
Then we get personal time with the dolphin.
Me kissing my dolphin!
Me kissing my dolphin!

The Aviary at Discovery Cove

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There are tons of exotic birds at Discovery Cove.  (Photo from my visit.)They land right on your fingers.  (Photo from my visit.)The staff gives you food to attract them.  (Photo from my visit.)Closer view of these cute little guys.  (Photo from my visit.)These ones are very friendly to anyone who has food. This poor guy had them landing all over his head.  (Photo from my visit.)
There are tons of exotic birds at Discovery Cove.  (Photo from my visit.)
There are tons of exotic birds at Discovery Cove. (Photo from my visit.)
They land right on your fingers.  (Photo from my visit.)
They land right on your fingers. (Photo from my visit.)
The staff gives you food to attract them.  (Photo from my visit.)
The staff gives you food to attract them. (Photo from my visit.)
Closer view of these cute little guys.  (Photo from my visit.)
Closer view of these cute little guys. (Photo from my visit.)
These ones are very friendly to anyone who has food. This poor guy had them landing all over his head.  (Photo from my visit.)
These ones are very friendly to anyone who has food. This poor guy had them landing all over his head. (Photo from my visit.)

Discovery Cove's Man-made River

Man-made River Discovery Cove - Orlando, Florida
Man-made River Discovery Cove - Orlando, Florida

Man-made Waterfalls

Discovery Cove - Orlando, Florida
Discovery Cove - Orlando, Florida

Tropical Landscape

Discovery Cove - Orlando, Florida
Discovery Cove - Orlando, Florida

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    • GollyGearHope profile image

      Hope 

      5 years ago from Skokie, Illinois

      I'm hoping to visit some day. Thank you for the virtual visit!

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      Cara 

      6 years ago

      Wow, it looks amazing.

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      OrlandoTipster 

      6 years ago

      Discovery Cove usually sells out months in advance.

      You want to book this far enough in advance!

    • kburns421 lm profile image

      kburns421 lm 

      6 years ago

      I've never been to Discovery Cove despite all the time I've spent in Orlando. It looks very beautiful though, and you put everything together into a great lens. I'm sure people will be persuaded to go after seeing it!

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      LawnCareOrlando 

      6 years ago

      Great job on this lens...and the pics are awesome! Looks like you had a great time

    • AfroMuscle profile image

      AfroMuscle 

      6 years ago

      That entrace to the cove is so beautiful. That's like my dream houses lol. The dolphins wouldn't make for bad company either :).

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      Vicki Green 

      6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I've had the good fortune to see dolphins in the wild a few times - always a wonderful experience to see such amazing creatures.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Ever since the days of Flipper, I've thought is would be so wonderful to be able to swim with dolphins....you lived my dream and now I've gotten to share you experience of this wonder in life...congratulations on the swim and front page honors!

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      joanneklein 

      6 years ago

      I love dolphins so much! How I wish I could play with them for once. Thanks with this!:)

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      sandi_x 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful

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      BunnyFabulous 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I live near Orlando, and had always wondered if Discovery Cove was worth the money to go to. Looks like it is! Great lens. 'Orlando' is misspelled in the title though. I'm sure it's just a typo. ;)

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      mattcut 

      6 years ago

      Gorgeous!

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      mattcut 

      6 years ago

      Gorgeous!

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      Sara Krentz 

      6 years ago from USA

      I would love to visit Discovery Cove - your photos are gorgeous!

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      LadyCharlie 

      6 years ago

      Great lens about Discovery Cove. Thanks for sharing a super nice vacation. Your photo's are wonderful.

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      AlexiaLynn 

      6 years ago

      beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      VeseliDan 

      6 years ago

      I would love to swim with dolphines once! *blessed*

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      wolvyz 

      6 years ago

      Looks like a really fun activity.

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      LaurenCraige 

      6 years ago

      I love dolphins. nice lens!

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      LaurenCraige 

      6 years ago

      I love dolphins. nice lens!

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      mel-kav 

      6 years ago

      Discovery Cove looks like a beautiful place. Love your photos.

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      LisaDH 

      6 years ago

      I visited Discovery Cove about 10 years ago and LOVED it! I hope to return some day with my kids.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      I would like to. What an exciting time you must have had. I'm glad you got to have this wonderful experience.

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      Success_At_School 

      6 years ago

      Excellent photos - makes me want to jump in the pool.

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      dellgirl 

      6 years ago

      Congratulations on making Popular Pages - Featured Lenses. Loved the photos and the lens!

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      YourFirstTime 

      6 years ago

      I can't help but thinking about that King of the Hill episode where Hank gets 'assaulted' by the dolphin. Great lens!

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      YourFirstTime 

      6 years ago

      I can't help but thinking about that King of the Hill episode where Hank gets 'assaulted' by the dolphin. Great lens!

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      SteveKaye 

      6 years ago

      Yes. This looks like a fantastic place. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Very nice. I'd love to go there.

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      Grangermdk 

      6 years ago

      Very cool lens. I have been there too and loved it. One of my favorite vacations of all time.

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      Julia Morais 

      6 years ago

      I would definitely visit it. Sounds like my kind of vacation.

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      McBub-Squidoo 

      6 years ago

      Yes, I should visit Discovery Cove.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Loved the photos! I would go if I went to Orlando! Liking this lens- keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I wish I could but I liked your virtual tour and beautiful pictures! :)

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      Patricia 

      7 years ago

      I would love to swim with dolphins! Blessing this lens on my school bus trip!

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wow. beautiful pics and great vid. i really enjoyed this page.

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      reasonablerobby 

      7 years ago

      Looks incredible, I'd love to try this

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Fantastic! I'd love to have a chance to do that! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience, it was fun! It's so amazing that dolphins are willing to bond with us this way

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      sousababy 

      7 years ago

      Wow it is fascinating to connect to another species. What an amazing video feed and photos.

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      jvsper63 

      7 years ago

      That's beautiful, And what a great video II am glad you had such a great time!!

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      beerhead 

      7 years ago

      So cool you look so happy in the videos love ya Michelle.

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      puzzlerpaige 

      7 years ago

      This looks like so much fun. I've never done this, but I know I'd love it. We've watched a similar event at Marineland where the visitors make the hand signals etc. And what an awesome idea for an anniversary trip too.

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      tssfacts 

      7 years ago

      I have this on list of places to visit. Great pictures.

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      MargaretMcKeehan 

      7 years ago

      It looks fantastic....

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      ohcaroline 

      7 years ago

      What a thrill that was. Great memory maker for you.

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