Discovery Cove is such a wonderful experience with or without the dolphin swim!
Everything is included in your initial cost ( food, alcohol, wetsuits, dive masks, etc). On top of that, you get 14 consecutive days of admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica, which can easily turn your $300 day into a $300 vacation.
Discovery Cove has great animal interactions, and not just with the dolphins! The Grand Reef and Aviary were our favorite attractions!
We had heard not to invest too much excitement into our dolphin swim as it is only half an hour and is shared among 8-10 other guests. We still had a great time and received plenty of opportunities to interact with our dolphin, Diego and CJ. I agree that it's better to go in with lower expectations for your dolphin interaction and be pleasantly surprised than have it be the shining moment of your day and be disappointed. Even with that mindset, it was MUCH more enjoyable than we expected!
If you're looking for a relaxing vacation, DC is right up your alley!
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