Enjoy a full day of fun and relaxation at Discovery Cove. Upgrade your day with a 30 minute dolphin swim including a shallow water dolphin interaction with a deep-water tow for the entire group.
Dolphins Up Close FAQs
Are you considering choosing a place to swim with dolphins? Look for dolphin experiences at SeaWorld Orlando, staffed by experienced animal care specialists to ensure everyone’s safety. We have incredible dolphin swim packages designed for every budget and timetable at SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove.
Fifteen minutes before your scheduled tour, you'll meet your guide at the designated meeting place for the Dolphins Up Close Tour. There, your guide will explain the safety rules and requirements of the experience. When everyone is ready, the guide will take you and any other tour participants behind the scenes to meet our resident dolphins.
Dolphins can sleep in three different ways. They can sleep while swimming very slowly and steadily near the water's surface, floating on top of the water, or lying on the seabed in shallow water, surfacing periodically to breathe. Only half of their brain sleeps at a time, so they stay alert enough to keep taking breaths of air.
Most dolphins can hold their breath for up to 10 minutes. In some cases, a dolphin will swim to the surface to take a breath every two or three minutes. Experience a dolphin encounter by booking tickets to SeaWorld Orlando.
There are several different types of dolphins, each with its own unique lifespan. Bottlenose dolphins, like the ones who live at SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove, can live up to 30 years, and some dolphins can live as long as 50 years.
Many scientists believe that dolphins, next to humans, are the smartest creatures on Earth. Watch closely to see how intelligent our dolphins are during your Florida dolphin experience. Then learn even more about the bottlenose dolphin during a presentation at Dolphin Stadium.
In the wild, dolphins eat whatever sea animals they can find in their local habitat, including fish, jellyfish, squid, octopus, and shrimp. During our dolphin encounters, our guests get opportunities to feed dolphins in person.