Discovery Cove: Tips For Making The Most Of Your Visit

DISCLOSURE: I was an invited guest of Discovery Cove, however all opinions are my own.

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Planning a visit to Discovery Cove can be overwhelming as it is a place that you only dream of visiting.

Yesterday I shared an Introduction to Discovery Cove, and today I wanted to share some of my favorite tips that I learned from researching before I went and from being there for a day.

Pick Six: Tips For Making The Most Of Your Visit to Discovery Cove

1. Travel Lightly

While you may think that you being at the park all day means packing a huge bag, but before you break out the extra-large backpack let’s take a look at what’s provided, prohibited, and suggested first.

Discovery Cove Snorkel Bag

Discovery Cove provides each guest with wetsuits and/or swim vests, mask and snorkel,sample of specially formulated sunscreen that is safe for use in the animal habitats, towels, and beach chairs.

Since meals, snacks and drinks are provided with admission to Discovery Cove, no other food, beverages or coolers are permitted.

You will want to bring your own swimsuits, and, if you want, water socks or rubber pool shoes, hat, sunglasses, cover-up, and dry clothes (I will talk more about this one later).

And to be completely honest, I will be wearing water socks or rubber pool shoes on my next visit as the bottom of The Grand Reef and Dolphin Lagoon can be slippery. I may not look ‘cool’, but I will feel better!

Some other items that you may consider bringing are books and magazines, a mp3 player with headset or similar items to relax on the beach with, and a camera to catch all of your special moments.

I brought my phone to take care of all of the above, but you may want to invest in a waterproof case or pouch if you are planning on this option.

Please remember if you are participating in the Trainer for a Day program, you are required to wear footwear during some portions of their day.

Also, make sure that you leave any jewelry at home! With the exception of watches and wedding bands, Discovery Cove guests may not wear jewelry, for the safety of the animals.

2. Dietary Needs

You may want to research the Discover cove menus before you arrive, so you can view your options for any dietary needs before you arrive.

Discovery Cove Grill

You can view the menus here, and additional Vegan, Dairy Free and Gluten Free menus are available upon request by sending an inquiry to

If you do have dietary needs, upon arriving at a meal facility go straight to the cashier and ask to speak with a supervisor in order to discuss the severity of your allergens and determine a meal that will be safe for you.

Discovery Cove offers several allergen friendly prepackaged items for your special dietary needs. The supervisor at the main meal facility will have a list and location of these items.

It’s important to note that not all of the park meal facilities are free from cross contact. In order to ensure your meal is safe, make sure you discuss the preparation process for your meal with the supervisor as you place your order to ensure no cross-contact takes place.
3. Get to Discovery Cove Early

Discovery Cove has operating hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily, however guests can begin the check-in process at 7:15 a.m.

While the check-in process doesn’t take a long time, getting there early means that having breakfast and getting settled in for the day doesn’t eat into any of your useable time in the park.

Discovery Cove Breakfast

It really gave us the opportunity to settle in and enjoy breakfast!

4. Go to the Explorer’s Aviary First

Speaking of breakfast…Who doesn’t like to start their day off with a great meal?

Discovery Cove Explorer's Aviary Guide

Visiting the Explorer’s Aviary first thing is a great way to have a lot of interaction with the birds.

You will definitely make a lot of ‘friends’!

5. Wetsuits

I have never worn a wetsuit before so the thought of wearing one was incredibly intimidating, however the wonderful attendants were extremely helpful with sizing and tips for putting the wetsuit on.

Discovery Cove Wetsuits

You also have the choice of receiving a full wetsuit, short wetsuit, or a swim vest.

But what is REALLY important to know is that you can switch out your wetsuit at any time.

For example, I decided to sport a swim vest for most of the day but opted for a short wetsuit for my Dolphin Swim Experience since the water is a little cooler in Dolphin Lagoon.

6. Bring a Change of Clothes

After a full day at Discovery Cove, you will be absolutely exhausted! I mean it! All that swimming around can wear you out.

One thing that I was glad that I did was to take a few minutes before I left to run into the bath house for a quick shower to freshen up.

Each bath house has an ample amount of showers, is stocked with towels, and each shower has eco-friendly shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.

Discovery Cove Bathing Suit Bag

They also provide plastic bags for you to put your wet suits and sandy shoes.

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Mexican National Team To Take On Costa Rica At The Citrus Bowl

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Photo: Orlando City SC

Mexican National Team to take on Costa Rica on June 27 at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in battle of CONCACAF rivals

Orlando City offers exclusive pre-sale “Two Pack” ticket offer for LA Galaxy Home game and Mexico vs. Costa Rica Match


The Mexican National Team, Soccer United Marketing (SUM) and Orlando City SC – in partnership with Orlando Venues, Florida Citrus Sports and Central Florida Sports Commission – announced today that as part of its 2015 U.S. Tour, Mexico will return to the Orlando Citrus Bowl for the first time since the 1994 FIFA World Cup to take on Costa Rica onSaturday, June 27 (6 p.m. ET), in a battle of CONCACAF rivals.

The match will be crucial for both squads as they make final preparations ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup – the bi-annual continental championship to be played across North America in July. Capturing the Gold Cup would give the winner a chance to face the United States in a play-in game to qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

An exclusive pre-sale will begin on Monday, March 23 at 10 a.m. ET.  Season Ticket Members will receive an email offer to purchase tickets to the match, with the ability to secure their exact seat locations.  Also, Orlando City will offer a special “Two-Pack” ticket featuring admission to both the Mexico vs. Costa Rica match and the Orlando City vs. L.A. Galaxy match on May 17th.  Two-Pack tickets start at $45 and will be available on Single-game tickets for the Mexico vs. Costa Rica match will go on sale to the general public on April 15 at 10 a.m. ET via or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

“Part of our ongoing commitment to the community has been to attract global soccer events that drive our local economy, and today we deliver again on that commitment,” said Orlando City Founder and President Phil Rawlins. “This is a clash of two major CONCACAF rivals that we expect will draw thousands of fans to the Orlando Citrus Bowl.  We want to thank our partners Orlando Venues, the Central Florida Sports Commission and of course the City of Orlando and Orange County for their help in securing this event, and we look forward to ongoing efforts to secure similar high-caliber events for the ‘Soccer Capital of the South.’ “

Mexico and Costa Rica last played on October 13, 2013 with the “Ticos” defeating Mexico 2-1 in a World Cup qualifying match in San Jose, Costa Rica.  In 47 all-time meetings, Mexico’s record against Costa Rica is 26 wins, 15 ties and six losses.

Both nations participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with Mexico advancing to the Round of 16, and Costa Rica having a Cinderella run to the quarterfinals for the first time in the country’s history.

The Orlando Citrus Bowl is the current home of one of Major League Soccer’s newest teams, Orlando City SC, which welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 62,000 to their first-ever game earlier this month.  Reconstructed in 2014, the historic stadium has hosted several top soccer events, including the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 Summer Olympic soccer and the 1998 MLS All-Star Game.

The 2015 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour is sponsored by adidas, Allstate, AT&T, Wells Fargo, The Home Depot, Makita, el Jimador, Bud Light, Cheetos, Coca-Cola, Powerade and Clorox.

For exclusive content, fans are invited to visit La Ola Verde – ( – presented by The Home Depot – the official digital match program of the Mexican National Team U.S. Tour.

2015 Mexican National Team U.S. Tour

Date Opponent Venue City Time (ET) Tickets TV/Radio
March 28 Ecuador Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, CA 9:30 p.m. Click Here TV: UniMás, UDN, ESPN2 / Radio:Fútbol de Primera
March 31 Paraguay Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO 9:00 p.m. Click Here TV: UniMás, UDN, ESPN2 / Radio:Fútbol de Primera
June 27 Costa Rica Orlando Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL 6:00 p.m. Click Here TV: Univision, UDN, ESPN2 /Radio: Fútbol de Primera
July 1 Honduras NRG Stadium Houston, TX 9:30 p.m. Click Here TV: UniMás, UDN, ESPN2 / Radio:Fútbol de Primera


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