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Freshwater Oasis concept art

SeaWorld Orlando's Discovery Cove premium water park has opened its new Freshwater Oasis attraction, enabling guests to view otters and marmosets up-close.

The new area is themed around a rainforest, with guests able to wade or float in a number of "tropical" streams and pools. No glass separates swimmers in the area from marmosets that are housed on its island. Entry to Freshwater Oasis is included with Discovery Cove admission, which comes with a hefty price tag.

The previous tropical pool at Discovery Cove was replaced last year by the Grand Reef, with the park having struggled to prevent saltwater from it leaking into the underground aquifer below.

The Grand Reef project marked the first expansion of Discovery Cove since it opened in 2000. The park, which limits attendance to around 1,000 guests per day, aims to offer more intimate experiences than neighboring SeaWorld Orlando, such as the ability to swim with dolphins.

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