Then it was lunchtime (they include breakfast until 9 too but we missed it!) so we headed over. All snacks and food, even alcohol, is free in the park!! Free icees all day for this pregnant lady with her icee craving, made for a happy mama! Lunch was pretty amazing. My son had chicken tenders, fries, strawberries and chocolate cake. I had a bacon burger, mac and cheese, steamed veggies and cheesecake and my husband had similar to me. It was definitely NOT fast food quality, and delicious!! They have soft pretzels, warm cookies, chips, rice crispy treats and more for snacks throughout the day, which we took full advantage of! For those wanting alcohol (we did not take advantage of that because I am pregnant and hubby is our driver) I saw Parot Ice and beer. It had me wishing I was NOT pregnant for the afternoon!
We then spent some time between the Wind-Away River and Fresh Water Oasis. In the Oasis, you can watch otters interact as you relax in the water and stay cool, which is pretty neat. The River was quite the workout in some places, but had a nice stream that pushed you along too! The water in both of these places was a bit warmer, so it did not take getting used to like the other places. We enjoyed using the supplied noodles and swim vests for my son because the water gets as deep as 8 foot in some places. We also visited the aviary, which I did not think that I would get my boys out of. The food for the birds is also complimentary, so we had plenty of interaction with the birds. One landed on my husbands shoulder and stayed with him for the duration of our visit, and both my son and myself had a visitor on our head!! There are three separate rooms with different types of birds to interact with!
After all that, we headed back to the cabana, allowed our son to swim with the rays a little more, snacked, and picked up our photos (One complimentary photo was included when we arrived at the park!) We then showered, and headed out. We stayed thoroughly entertained until around 5pm (park closes at 5:30) and had an absolute blast!
I will tell you, that for our family on a budget, the price is pretty alarming at first. However, once you factor in that the park also includes 14 days of unlimited Sea World and Aquatica admissions after your visit to Discovery Cove, really this price is your entire VACATION! For this time of year, for a Florida resident, the park admission is $150. To include the dolphin package, you are looking at around $220. That includes all food and drinks, and again, the Sea World and Aquatica visits! Kids 2 and under get in for free as well. The experience was WELL worth it to us! We loved everything about Discovery Cove and will definitely be going back when our toddler is old enough to experience the dolphins for himself! It is the perfect family friendly place where parents can relax a little. There are ample life guards and also I saw a lot of amenities for physically disabled people to be able to experience the park and enjoy themselves too!
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