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Discovery Cove - Good Things To Know About...

 

See the Good Things to Know About ... section in Chapter One for notes that apply to all the parks. These notes apply specifically to Discovery Cove.

Access for the Disabled

Discovery Cove has provided ramps with handrails into many of the water areas. Those who can maneuver themselves into the shallows of the Dolphin Lagoon, will be able to experience the dolphin swim. Special wheelchairs that can negotiate Discovery Cove’s sandy beaches are available and work is under way to provide a “platform” that will enable guests to get around in their own wheelchairs. Eventually, Discovery Cove plans to introduce special “flotation chairs.” Phone ahead to see what will be available when you visit. Dolphins Dolphins have such a wonderful public image as cute and cuddly critters that it’s easy to forget that they are, in fact, large, powerful, and unpredictable wild animals. The dolphin PR machine likes to play down the fact that, in their natural state, they vie for dominance by biting, scratching, and fighting. Those scrapes and scars and nicks you’ll see on your dolphin friend bear mute testimony to this fact of life in the big bad ocean. I mention this not to frighten or dissuade you — it’s not like you’ll be diving into a pool of man-eating sharks — but to encourage you to approach these magnificent creatures with the respect they deserve. Follow your trainer-host’s directions and you’ll do just fine. Do something stupid and you run the slight but very real risk of injury.

Dolphins

Dolphins have such a wonderful public image as cute and cuddly critters that it’s easy to forget that they are, in fact, large, powerful, and unpredictable wild animals. The dolphin PR machine likes to play down the fact that, in their natural state, they vie for dominance by biting, scratching, and fighting. Those scrapes and scars and nicks you’ll see on your dolphin friend bear mute testimony to this fact of life in the big bad ocean.

I mention this not to frighten or dissuade you — it’s not like you’ll be diving into a pool of man-eating sharks — but to encourage you to approach these magnificent creatures with the respect they deserve. Follow your trainer-host’s directions and you’ll do just fine. Do something stupid and you run the slight but very real risk of injury.

Emergencies

The park is dotted with fully certified lifeguards, but any nearby attendant should be your first stop in an emergency. A first-aid station is located near the Tropical Gifts shop not too far from the front entrance.

Getting Oriented

Discovery Cove does not hand you a paper map as other parks do. Since the park is quite compact, there’s really no need. The main axis of the park is a paved walkway, with lockers, changing rooms and restaurant to your right (as you walk from the main entrance) and the beach, lagoons, and river to your left. It’s hard to get lost but, just in case, mosaic tile maps called “Points of Discovery” are dotted about on low-slung rocks to help you get your bearings.

Lockers & Changing Rooms

Lockers are free and plentiful. There are two locker locations. There is one near the Dolphin Lagoon and another between the dolphin and stingray pools. You will be directed to a locker location depending on the time of your arrival, but if you have a preference it will most likely be honored. Both locker areas are next to spacious and well-appointed changing rooms complete with showers, extra towels, hair blowers, and toiletries.

Money

The best way to handle money at Discovery Cove is not to. The laminated ID card you receive on arrival bears a bar code that can be linked to your credit card. If you prefer the old-fashioned way, all the shops and refreshment stands accept cash and credit cards.

Sunscreen

Don’t bother lathering yourself with sunscreen prior to your visit. You’ll just be asked to shower it off. Discovery Cove provides its guests, free of charge, a special “dolphin-friendly” sunscreen. Take care when applying it, because a little goes a long way. It doesn’t seem to disappear as readily as most commercial sunscreens, so if you use too much you’ll look a bit like you’ve dipped your face in flour. If you like it, you can pick up more in the gift shops.

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