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Discovery Cove's new triple play at Freshwater Oasis

Here's a quick guide to the three major parts of

Discovery Cove's

new

Freshwater Oasis

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, which opened in late June.

Monkey business

Incoming guests to Discovery Cove can immediately see

Primate Island

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, home of

marmosets

. An up-close view awaits. But after wading to the island, folks might need to squint to see the little monkeys because they are, well, little monkeys. When full-grown, they weigh about 1 pound and stand around 10 inches tall.

A moat and grassy barrier divide humans from marmosets, who are not swimmers. But listen for their call, a cross between a bird's high-pitched peep, a wee dinosaur's roar and a car's door-ajar beep.

Otter nonsense

Asian small-clawed otters

are a playful lot. You might think "hyperactive" as they go from romping on land to swimming. The design for getting nose-to-nose with the otters is fun. As people wade through the Oasis, they are on eye-level with paddling otters, seen through a clear wall.

Lake Lounge

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Finally, the eye-catching

Sunken Terrace

beckons. Bright green lounge seats are submerged so that relaxing folks are up to their torsos in the water of the Oasis. It's like a South Beach hot spot plopped in a deep puddle. Drop in on the way to visit otters and marmosets or on the way back … or after a quick stop at the nearby bar. Beverages are allowed.

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Freshwater Oasis

What:

New animal habitats at Discovery Cove, an all-day inclusive resort featuring interactions with dolphins, rays, exotic birds and other animals

Where:

6000 Discovery Cove Way,

Orlando

When:

9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily

Cost:

Prices start at $229, although there are Florida-resident discounts available at times.

Phone:

877-434-7266

Online:

DiscoveryCove.com

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