NIKON D70S, Nikon 18-200 VR
When we lived in Orlando a few years back our family came into town and wanted to visit Discovery Cove. I must admit I really never knew anything about it. I logged onto the web site DiscoveryCove.com and read up on it. Looked great! If you are planning to take a vacation to Orlando and love the theme parks – this one is wonderful! We went in mid summer (which is best) – bring your swimsuit! One of the most amazing things to do here is to swim with the dolphins. I had never done this before and was not sure what to expect. You walk into the dolphin pool (6 people at a time) with a trainer and they teach you about dolphins and one comes up to you and you get to touch and see one up close. Then after 30 minutes – each person takes a turn and you get to ride a dolphin! Hold on tight to his dorsal fin and he gives you a ride for about 40 yards! Unreal!!! They have photographers and videographers there to document it all and you can purchase the pics/vids afterwards. FUN! (If I can recall its best to make a reservation for your visit – check the site for rates)
But that is not all…not only is the park not too full (they limit the park to only 1000 people per day) – its easy to grab food anytime and its delicious! Then you can hit various other parts of the park; the sting ray pool – you walk in waste deep into the pool with the rays swimming around your feet (very sureal), Explorer’s Aviary (some beautiful birds), tropical reef (grab a snorkel and swim with tons of fish all around), Wind-Away River (float through a winding river and enjoy the scenery) and Serenity Pool (a freshwater pool with a little beach).
It was a great experience that I will never forget! I’ll post a few pics from here again in the future. We arrived at 9 Am and left around 4 PM – a perfect day! Hope you have a chance to visit one day!