Swim with the dolphins at discovery Cove/Sea World/Busch Gardens/Aquatica
Come join Campus Recreation and Outdoor Adventures as we visit Discovery Cove, Sea World, Aquatica and Busch Gardens March 14 -17 (Thursday – Sunday of Spring Break). We will visit Discovery Cove (ranked #3 in the list of the top 10 attractions in the U.S.A. by TripAdvisor.com) in Orlando, Florida. This is a one-of-a-kind tropical hideaway which limits the number of visitors to 1,000 per day. You may choose to have a personal swim with a bottlenose dolphin; however, we will also snorkel among thousands of rays and exotic fish and explore the splendor of coral reefs and grottos. We will enter a series of free-flight aviaries where we can touch, feed and interact with hundreds of colorful tropical birds. Or just lounge by the resort pool. We will spend one day visiting Sea World where you can see the Shamu Killer Whale Show, Flamingo Cove, Wild Arctic, Jewel of the Sea World Aquarium, Aquarium de la Mer, roller coasters, simulator rides and many other shows and attractions. We will spend a day at Aquatica, a unique water park – where the water is always heated to 84 degrees - with thrilling rides and interaction with sea life that only Sea World could put together. We will spend one day at Busch Gardens riding giant roller coasters, seeing over 2,500 exotic animals, and enjoying Broadway theater plays and other special attractions. Check out Discovery Cove, Sea World, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens for everything that is offered.
Thursday: We will leave the Rec Center at 1 a.m. and drive eight hours Orlando and our KOA Campsite (where we will stay in tents). The KOA has a hot tub and a heated pool. Then, to Aquatica where we will spend the day until close at 6:00 p.m.
Friday: Spend the day at Discovery Cove (9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Your park fee includes free breakfast and lunch.
Saturday: Spend the day at Sea World (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Sunday: Drive to and spend the day at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. Leave at 5 p.m. and return to Mobile around midnight.
Cost (does not include Park Fees): $99 for students and $105 for family members, $109 for staff, faculty/alums and $115 for family members, $125 for non-USA. Covers camping equipment, campground fees, and all transportation costs. This payment is non-refundable unless we can replace you with another participant.
Park Fees: will be the responsibility of each participant. Fees are subject to change. Expect: Pass to all 4 parks to be $180. At Discovery Cove: a 30 minute Dolphin Interaction is an additional $130 and Sea Venture, an underwater walking tour while wearing a dive helmet, is an additional $60.
How to sign up: Leave your name and phone number with Randy Hunter . As soon as we have 8 interested people, we will meet to discuss trip. If we have 8 committed people, you will be expected to pay your non-refundable USA fee. You will be encouraged to buy your Park Fees on-line before Discovery Cove is “sold out” for the day we visit.
DEADLINE for trip to make: Thursday, December 6 (last day of Fall classes). Because Discovery Cove limits the numbers of guests in their park to 1,000 and fees increase with time, we must commit by this date.
Trip limit: Eight. No cost for additional people; however, they will be responsible for their own transportation and campground fees.