An all-inclusive experience, Discovery Cove, which is owned by SeaWorld, treats guests to an in-water interaction with the park’s resident dolphins, generous breakfast and lunch buffets, and free drinks (including beer and wine). The lushly landscaped property also features man-made lagoons, waterfalls, and beaches where visitors can relax in lounge chairs, hammocks, or private cabanas. In the snorkeling lagoon, you can even swim alongside large schools of fish, de-barbed stingrays, and sharks. Whatever you do, don’t miss a stroll through the amazing aviary, which is home to birds from around the world—many are so tame they’ll approach you to be hand-fed.
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Practically overflowing with choices, here are just a splashing of water parks and amenities in Orlando to choose from: vertical drops at Wet ’n Wild on International Drive, slush slides at Blizzard Beach and wave pools at Typhoon Lagoon at Disney, and underwater tubes at Aquatica at Sea World. At the new LEGOLAND Water Park, families can bond at Build-a-Raft River by custom designing a LEGO raft and then drifting together down the lazy river. Discovery Cove’s immersive experience includes snorkeling with tropical fish, swimming with dolphins and stingrays, and feeding exotic birds. Don’t forget the sunscreen, a beach towel, and a change of clothes.