The last (but by no means the least) park we visited during our week in Florida was Discovery Cove, which is just the most amazing place to visit! If you are looking to escape from everything and cross a few things off your bucket list then Discovery Cove is the place to go. Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day out so once inside you don’t have to worry about a thing. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks for the day are included. Also covered are wetsuits, snorkelling gear, towels, lockers, sunscreen and self-parking.
Understandably our favourite part of Discovery Cove was meeting Yoko the bottlenose dolphin. Yoko was so beautiful, friendly and incredibly clever! During our 30 minute interaction with her we learnt all about different dolphin behaviours and their personalities. We shared kisses; funny noises, wet waves and all had a dorsal fin tow ride across the lagoon. Incredible! This really was the highlight of our holiday, an experience not to be missed!
SeaVenture is another unmissable experience which is available for an additional fee but worth every penny. Put on a special dive helmet, climb down the ladder and go on an underwater walking tour where you encounter incredible fish, rays, sharks and more. We also got to hold some unique creatures like sea slugs and starfish. All communication is done via hand signals while underwater so it is very important to make sure you understand them before you go under. These are all taught to you in a briefing session beforehand and are really simple. I thought I might be a bit scared doing this but once under the water I felt very calm and the twenty minutes whizzed by in a flash.
Snorkelling in The Grand Reef was another highlight of the day. This is 2.5 acres of reef with 10,000 animals! Around 125 different species of fish, rays and sharks! The rays were absolutely huge and were really quite friendly. We spent ages swimming in here just marvelling at all the amazing animals.
If you are looking for somewhere to relax then head to Serenity Bay where there is a huge warm freshwater pool surrounded by beautiful white beaches or spend some time floating around in Wind-Away River where you will travel through different environments like tropical rainforests and underwater caves.
Animal lovers will love Freshwater Oasis where you can swim up to the island made just for the marmoset monkeys or watch the otters chasing each other around. The Explorer’s Aviary is home to more than 250 exotic birds that are free to fly around. If you are lucky they might just stop by your arm or head for a snack.
Nothing feels rushed at Discovery Cove, it is the ultimate place to just kick back and relax. After a really busy week at the parks this was a welcome break. Discovery Cove only allows 1300 visitors through their doors each day, this may sound like a lot but compared to the 20,000+ at other parks it really isn’t. The whole day was so relaxed, no crowds and no queues. Total bliss!
We had the most wonderful time visiting all of the SeaWorld Parks in Florida and can highly recommend them all to you. The best way to experience all four parks is with a Discovery Cove Ultimate Package, which includes a full day at Discovery Cove (including a dolphin swim experience) plus unlimited admission for 14 days to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Aquatica. Visit www.seaworldparks.co.uk for more information.
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