How to Swim with Dolphins in Orlando, Florida

How to Swim with Dolphins in Orlando, Florida
Swimming with dolphins is something most people can only dream of doing. However, having a dolphin adventure is more easily accomplished today thanks to venues such as Dolphin World and Discovery Cove, both in the Orlando area. Swimming with dolphins has become big business as many people make this a must-do activity as part of their vacation planning.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Transportation to the area Reservation at hotel and dolphin swim venue Swimsuit Money and change for toll roads
  • Transportation to the area
  • Reservation at hotel and dolphin swim venue
  • Swimsuit
  • Money and change for toll roads
Step 1
Select a program that best suits the needs of your group. There are several options available. Ranging from a simple wading experience to diving, there are packages and adventures geared to different age and skill levels.
Step 2
Consider the age of the participants. Younger children may enjoy a limited experience with the dolphins while older children or adults may want a full dive experience.
Step 3
Determine the special needs of family members or those in the group. If there are individuals with medical needs or those who have disabilities, appropriate planning will be needed.
Step 4
Search the Internet for local accommodations in the Orlando, Fla., area. From basic motel rooms to more lavish spa-type resorts, there is a room to fit every budget and hotels are typically located within a few minutes of most Orlando destinations.
Step 5
Reserve your hotel and venue for the dolphin swim. Call ahead to ensure there will be an opportunity to participate in the activity. This is especially important during busy tourist times of the year in the Orlando area. Spring break, weeks before and after the Fourth of July and Christmas are often high-attendance times for attractions in Orlando.

Tips & Warnings

 
Take time to visit other attractions in the Orlando area, such as Disney World and Universal Studios. Plan accordingly for toll roads in the Orlando area and carry sufficient change if you want to use them to substantially decrease travel times.
 
Take time to visit other attractions in the Orlando area, such as Disney World and Universal Studios.
 
Plan accordingly for toll roads in the Orlando area and carry sufficient change if you want to use them to substantially decrease travel times.
 
Make sure all members planning to swim with the dolphins are comfortable in the water and have basic swimming skills. Also determine who may have problems with close proximity to dolphins after entering the water and give the staff a heads-up on who to watch for potential problems.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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