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Discovery Cove – Dolphin Swimming in Orlando

Swimming with Dolphins in Orlando

Orlando, Florida is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. When you think of Orlando, you typically think of theme parks. After all, this is home to some of the greatest amusement parks like Epcot, Universal Studios, Aquatica Orlando, Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Legoland.

But all of these theme parks are based on make believe, on things and adventure that aren’t real. If you’re looking for a real adventure – head to Discovery Cove, where you can swim with the dolphins in Orlando. Talk about magic!

Discovery Cove - A magical place
Discovery Cove – A magical place

Live a Dream and Swim with Dolphins

Dolphin Cove offers visitors a variety of programs that allow them to get up-close-and-personal with these amazing creatures. One of the most popular programs is the Dolphin Swim Experience.

This is an awesome one-on-one encounter that you will never forget. You’ll first learn all about dolphins – how they behave and communicate in the wild. Then you’ll wade into the beautiful dolphin lagoon where you’ll meet your new friend, the highly-intelligent and playful bottlenose dolphin.

After your initial meet-n-greet where you’ll be able to hug and kiss your new friend, your 30-minute interactive adventure will really take off when you experience a dorsal fin ride. Hold on tight as your friend pulls you around the deeper end of the lagoon. You’ll feel like you’re flying!

For very young children or those guests who are not strong swimmers, there are also dolphin encounters that take place entirely in shallow water. No matter which Discovery Cover dolphin program you choose, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime!

Swimming with Dolphins in Orlando
Swimming with Dolphins in Orlando

Play Well – Eat Well

Of course, at some point during your day, you’re going to notice that all of this adventure has made you and your group very hungry. But not to worry because a day at Discovery Cove Orlando includes delicious meals, snacks and beverages.

Depending on when you arrive, you’ll have the opportunity to grab a hearty breakfast of freshly prepared pastries and muffins, fresh fruit, juices, coffee and more. You’ll also notice that throughout the park, snack stations have been positioned so when you need a bit of energy, you can grab something on the go.

Lunch is served daily between the hours of 11am and 3pm and offers delicious entrees such as:

  • ·         Bacon Beach Burger
  • ·         Sweet Hawaiian Chicken Served over a bed of fried rice
  • ·         BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich Served with French Fries and Corn Cobbette
  • ·         Seaside Club Sandwich Ham, Turkey, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, and Onion on baked bread
  • ·         Chicken Tenders Served with choice of French Fries or Corn Cobbette
  • ·         Island hot Dog Served with French Fries
  • ·         Home Made Macaroni & Cheese

And make sure to save room for desert because you’ll be tempted by chocolate chip cake, cherry cheesecake, carrot cake and assorted pastries. It’s okay, live a little. You’re on vacation AND you’re burning a lot of calories on this adventure.

Also, if anyone in your group has special dietary needs and requires vegan, gluten free or dairy free menus, they are available upon request.

Food Buffet Discovery Cove Orlando
Food Buffet Discovery Cove Orlando

Other Exciting Activities

After you’ve had a delicious lunch, you’ll no doubt want to experience more adventure. Luckily, Discovery Cover offers more.

Shark Swim

If you thought getting up-close and personal with dolphins is an adrenaline rush, just wait until you stare a shark in the face! You’ll start with a training and learning session, then will have the opportunity to swim freely alongside several species of sharks in deeper water. Don’t worry, there’s no great white sharks here, so though you’ll be thrilled with this experience, you’ll also be perfectly safe.

Other Activities at Discovery Cove
Other Activities at Discovery Cove

Ray Feeding

If you get to the park early enough you can help the trainers feed the resident stingrays! You’ll also have the opportunity to feed thousands of vibrant tropical fish their morning meal before you head out on a private, guided swim of Grand Reef.


There are those who want to swim underwater, and then there are those who would rather walk underwater. Well, you can do just that with SeaVenture, The Grand Reef’s innovative experience that lets visitors take an underwater walking tour in a diving helmet. You’ll be able to walk around and breathe while exploring the amazing underwater landscape and animal life. Without question SeaVenture is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and one you won’t soon forget.

As you can see, Orlando is indeed a magical place to visit. If you’re looking for the thrills of your life, be sure to make time on your vacation to explore Discovery Cove and get up-close-and-personal to some amazing animals!

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Lemur Experience at Jungle Island

Lemur Experience

Dolphin World has partnered with Jungle Island Miami for many years now because they offer visitors a chance to glimpse land animals that we don’t have in the marine park. Imagine getting up close to lemurs, monkeys, and tigers. Well, you can at Jungle Island.

If you don’t know much about Jungle Island, read on to find out more! After learning about the park, you’ll want to include one of their programs on your next visit to Miami, especially the Lemur Experience.

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Jungle Island – A South Florida Landmark Attraction

Jungle Island, a favorite South Florida landmark, is an intimate zoological park located in the heart of Miami, between downtown Miami and South Beach.   Building upon a rich tradition that began in 1936, Jungle Island is home to some of the world’s rarest and most exotic animals.  You can enjoy engaging animal shows and informative exhibits while strolling by streams and waterfalls under a lush canopy of tropical trees.  Also, you can choose to participate in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals or go on guided behind-the-scenes Lemur tours.  Jungle Island enriches the lives of park visitors through immersive, real-life jungle experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play.

Jungle Island Park
Jungle Island Park

Lemur Up-Close Description

Play with lovable, rambunctious lemurs during this hands-on experience! Aside from a trip to Madagascar, the Lemur nursery at Jungle Island is one of a very few places on earth where guests can personally interact with these extremely rare and endangered mammals. Learn fun-facts and feed them their favorite juicy treat – grapes. Guests visit in small groups, so everyone gets to participate. Children must be 6 years of age or older. Guests under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


Jungle Island Park Admission

With your Lemur Experience, you also get to enjoy access to Jungle Island, which includes a fun-filled day exploring the park’s unique shows and animal exhibits. Take part in memorable experiences including a visit down under with the Australian red kangaroos, feeding animals at the petting farm and an exclusive encounter with a surprise critter. Come see the parrots, lions, orangutans, alligators and many more animals, along with spectacular shows! Includes access to Parrot Cove, Miami’s only private, swimmable beach, so bring your bathing suit!

Finally, you can swim with the dolphins and add this wonderful Lemur tour to your day as well – a combination that will be a big hit with your family and friends. Miami’s wonderful beaches and fun animal attractions help make South Florida one of the best destinations for a vacation.

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Touch & Feed VIP Private Tour in Miami

Miami Manatee VIP Tour

Private and Behind the Scenes Touch and Feed Program

Imagine a private guided tour through a tropical paradise full of amazing marine and land animals, where you get to touch, feed, and play with them, all while having your memories captured by photographers. Well, imagine no longer because we have just the program in Miami!


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Once you arrive, you will be greeted by your friendly tour guide and photographer who will be leading you around the park throughout your day. First stop is the Reptile Nursery where you can meet a leopard gecko, bearded dragon, and other reptilian creatures! Then, you’ll head over to the tortoise and bird exhibit where you will have the chance to pet and hold a red-footed tortoise and a beautiful white cockatoo.

Ages 3 Year Old and Up


Next stop is the stingray pool where you will have the unique opportunity to touch and feed stingrays – safely!


Next stop is the manatee exhibit, where you will have the chance touch and feed the amazing sea cows! Then your tour guide will lead you to the sea turtle habitat where you will learn about the rescue effort to save turtles who are harmed in the wild while you toss them some yummy green lettuce for them to munch on.

Pet and Feed the Wonderful Florida Manatees


Your last stop will be the fantastic Flipper dolphin show! Not only will you get to witness the amazing jumps and tricks that the dolphins are able to do, you will also have the chance to meet the performers after the show!

Group Photo with the Well Cared for Dolphin


After your VIP tour, your tour guide can give you advice on which shows to catch and the times they are offered! And as you exit the park, you can view and purchase your awesome photos from your tour to share with your friends and family! These tours are limited to only 6 persons, so book your Touch & Feed VIP in Miami tour early!

Get a Kiss from a Sea Lion & Friend

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Enjoy a Wild Spinner Dolphins Tour in Oahu, Hawaii

Wild Spinner Dolphins Oahu

Welcome to the Leeward Coast of Oahu, arguably one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the world. Just 30 miles from the popular destination of Waikiki and located at the foot of the spectacular Waianae mountain range, the coast is home to pristine white sand beaches, lush tropical landscapes, and colorful rural towns where the people welcome you with smiles and alohas. The coast is also home to the wild spinner dolphins of Oahu.

A Video Tour of Spinner Dolphins off the Leeward Coast in Oahu, Hawaii

Take a Tour and See Wild Spinner Dolphins in Oahu

How would you like to take a beautiful morning Catamaran cruise along the Leeward Coast to do a bit of snorkeling and dolphin watching? Once you set sail you’ll cruise along the gorgeous shoreline bobbing up and down on the warm, turquoise waters below you. Spend five hours splitting your time between relaxing sightseeing and thrilling water activities. And, when hunger calls, breakfast and lunch will be served.

Besides the amazing Spinner Dolphins, which you are guaranteed to see on this cruise, you may also spot turtles, humpback whales and other marine life. Slip on your snorkel mask and take a dive into the crystal clear water to view vibrant coral and tropical schools of fish swim past you. Never snorkeled before? No problem. There are professional guides available that will help you learn quickly and all equipment is provided.

Wild Spinner Dolphins Oahu
Wild Spinner Dolphins Oahu

 What Makes Wild Spinner Dolphins so Unique?

Sure, Oahu is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches, delicious food, fascinating culture and thrilling outdoor scenery and activities on the planet, but those are not its only claims to fame. Oahu also happens to be home to spinner dolphins, the state’s most beloved ocean species and for good reason.

The locals call these dolphins nai’a, and every year they flock to the shores of Oahu to enjoy the warm, clear, tropical water and shallow bays. There are actually four different species of the spinner dolphin in existence, and they all live in the Atlantic, Pacific or Indian Oceans. The Hawaiian spinner dolphins are quite unique and make up their own subspecies. They are easy to spot because of their unique coloring of dark grey on their backs, a stripe of lighter grey on their sides and a white or pink belly. They also have a long, thin beak and triangular dorsal fin which can often be mistaken for a shark fin.

But let’s talk about why Spinner dolphins are really unique. Well, as the name suggests, Spinner dolphins like to spin. No, they LOVE to spin and they do it a lot. They are known for jumping high into the air and spinning anywhere from one to seven times before they hit the water. And the gold medal goes to….

So why do they spin? Scientists can’t yet say for sure exactly, but some speculate they do it for a few reasons, namely to get attention (and that they DO), courtship displays, getting rid of water in their upper respiratory tract, resetting their organs, ridding themselves of parasites, and/or because it’s really, really fun. Whatever the reason, getting to see these creatures spin is a sight you’ll never forget.

Enjoy Trained Dolphins at Sea Life Park in Oahu

If, after the cruise is over, you haven quite gotten your fill of these playful gymnasts, you can head on over to Sea Life Park to get a trained Oahu swim with the dolphin program and check out the Dolphin Cove Show. Sit back and relax in the park’s open-air theater and watch as the trained dolphins jump, spin and flip. Their moves will take your breath away. The show is educational, amusing and definitely thrilling.

Vacations only come once a year. This year, wouldn’t you rather spend it in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii having the time of your life?


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Enjoy a VIP Tour and Go Wild in Miami Florida

Lemur VIP Experience in Miami

Miami is a one-of-a-kind destination because it beautifully blends urban chic with the magnificence of the lush, tropical surroundings. The weather is gorgeous year-round, making Miami a prime holiday destination for outdoor enthusiasts. For those interested in a more cultural experience, Miami offers renowned nightlife that lets visitors dance the night away, world-class dining, endless shopping opportunities in sprawling malls as well as quaint boutiques, and stunning Art Deco architecture to feast your eyes on. And, because this city is a one-of-a-kind destination, it goes without saying that it offers one-of-a-kind attractions, like the VIP Go Wild Animal Tour at Dolphin World where you can go wild in Miami!

A Video Tour of Dolphin World, Miami, Florida

Who Wants a VIP Tour at Jungle Island?

Miami is one of the wildest cities in the world, so why not add to that wildness and enjoy a VIP Tour at Jungle Island, Dolphin World? You’ll get to spend time learning about and viewing Reptiles, Birds, Monkeys, Lemurs, Kangaroos and other exotic animals on this all access tour. Plus, the tour is absolutely private, so just you and your family or friends will have these amazing creatures all to yourselves. You’ll have a trained animal handler at your disposal that will answer all of your questions and facilitate your interactions.

VIP Go Wild Tour in Miami
VIP Go Wild Tour in Miami
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There’ll be Plenty of Lemur Interaction

As we mentioned, you’ll get the opportunity to interact with Lemurs on this tour and you won’t soon forget the time you spend with them. Lemurs are amazing animals that come in all shapes, colors and sizes, but are generally described as something between a cat and a monkey.

Lemurs are only found on the Comoro Islands and Madagascar Islands which are off the coast of Africa. Their fingers and toes in one sense are soft but are also equipped with special flat nails that allow them to grip things and groom each other.

Lemurs are very social creatures (and they love meeting new people!) and groups usually have obvious male and female hierarchies. A mamma lemur will carry her baby in her mouth until it’s able to cling to the fur on her back or stomach. Also, lemurs’ tails, as you’ll see up close, are quite thick and bushy, which helps them balance when they leap through trees. Their tails also act as a visual signal when the lemur feels threatened.

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Lemur Everywhere!!

There’s Plenty of Monkey Interaction, Too!

Capuchin monkeys are incredibly cute and bright and also a bit cheeky. Yes, these are cheeky monkeys! You’ve probably seen these little monkeys in movies, like Pirates of the Caribbean and Night at the Museum, because they are very intelligent and easy to train, and they sure seem like they like to perform.

The monkeys were given their name by Spanish conquistadors who named the tiny creatures after the ‘capuchin’ friars back home because the animals, they thought, resembled the men in brown robes with the large hoods.

These monkeys really are incredibly intelligent which is shown by their use of tools. These monkeys will use big rocks (and sometimes these rocks weigh as much as they do) to crack open certain fruits. Baby capuchins will watch older monkeys use this process and begin to do it themselves not long after.

If you’re headed to Miami and are looking to make memories that will last a lifetime, head to Dolphin World and enjoy the wild VIP tour.

Monkey Interactions in Miami Florida
Hey Hey with the Monkeys !!
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