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Discovery Cove - Shopping at Discovery Cove


The relentless merchandising that characterizes virtually all theme parks is mercifully muted at Discovery Cove. The major shopping venue, Tropical Gifts, an airy Polynesian-style building, is strategically located near the main entrance, so you can pick up the bathing suit you desperately need as you enter and the high-priced souvenir you almost certainly do not need as you leave.

The merchandise is as airy and high-class as the surroundings. Here you will find the kind of upscale resort wear for men and women that will tempt you even if you didn’t forget to pack your bathing suit or outerwear. For those who want a more tangible souvenir, there is a large variety of dolphin figurines and sculptures in all price ranges; the more elaborate sculptures can range up to $20,000. You will also find some very nice jewelry in dolphin, sea turtle, stingray and other deep sea motifs at moderate prices. On a more practical level, you can find things like film and more of that dolphin-friendly sunscreen you got when you arrived. I would recommend picking up one of the inexpensive disposable underwater cameras. You won’t be able to take it with you to meet the dolphins, but you’ll find plenty of use for it elsewhere in the park.

Farther into the park is an open air shop artfully located across the path, so you pretty much have to walk through it. It specializes in more practical items, like sunglasses and such.

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