Food and drinks are included with admission. You get one substantial lunch, which is on par with the quality of food at the nicer restaurants in Sea World, and all you can eat snacks and soda. It’s actually a very nice way to continue the relaxing atmosphere. Eating without paying extra certainly has its benefits.
Merchandise is not included, but the selection was very nice. Even shopping is relaxing as you’re not battling thousands of guests grabbing for the same stuff you are. I spoke with a very nice employee who completely understood how lucky she was to work in such a beautiful and calm environment.
The Explorers Aviary is a bird lover’s paradise accessible on foot or via the Wind-Away River. In the distance is one of two waterfalls you’ll need to swim under to enter or exit the aviary via water. You can walk in on foot, but what’s the fun of that? If you swim in, you can easily get out of the water and relax. There’s no rush here…or anywhere else in the park.
Yours truly enjoying the Wind-Away River. I love this picture and I know exactly how I felt at this moment. Pure joy and absolute peace. The water was warm and comfortable, the park is beautiful and relaxing. Discovery Cove promises memories that will last a lifetime, and they’re not kidding. If you haven’t been to Discovery Cove, by all means make the effort to get out there. It’s a unique experience in the theme park world, and one I’ll never forget.