Insider Tips for Discovery Cove - Florida

Get there early. Check-in time starts an hour before the park even opens, so get checked in and grab breakfast before the crowd hits.

Visit Explorer's Aviary first. As the day goes on, the birds get fuller from all the feedings so they’re less likely to perch on your arms.

Come hungry. Food is included! Breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks and even alcoholic beverages are all part of the package. The main snack shack in the middle of the park can get busy, so head to the other two on the outer edges for quick access.

Pick up your complimentary photo in the middle of the day. Before you enter Discovery Cove, your party will pose for a photo, and this one's on the house! Around closing time, the line at the photo station gets super long. Skip the crowd by grabbing your free photo when everyone else is enjoying the park.

See more animals at the Conservation Cabana. Located just across from the Laguna Grill, the Conservation Cabana has different critters randomly throughout the day.

You will get soaked on the Wind-away River. There are two separate waterfalls that stretch across the whole waterway.

A vest or a wetsuit is required in all wet areas. When you arrive, you can pick out either a vest or wetsuit for the day. Keep this with you at all times if you want to swim or snorkel — Disovery Cove requires these in the water.

Swim with sharks — almost. Further out on The Grand Reef, you can swim right up to sharks with only glass separating you and these predators. But the rest of the reef is just like being in the ocean.

Rates start at $219 per person. Bonus: Your admission at Discovery Cove also includes unlimited admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica for 14 consecutive days.

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10 Insider Tips for Discovery Cove | Seaworld Orlando | Discovery Cove Tips, Tricks, Advice | Florida Travel + Life http://bit.ly/1nOu4hv

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