KISSIMMEE, Fla. – (May 8, 2018) – Celebrate the sunshine season at Gaylord Palms with the return of the resort’s annual SummerFest, offering family-friendly entertainment and experiences. From May 25 through August 12, SummerFest presented by Aquafina® invites guests to pair an incredible hotel stay with daily themed activities throughout the resort’s 4.5 acres of atriums and Cypress Springs Water Park.

During the sunny summer days, Cypress Springs Water Park will be THE place to be when visiting Gaylord Palms. The bubly™ Celebrate the Summer Pool Party invites guests to dance and splash along with DJ Sunny! The resort’s resident DJ will be spinning classic and contemporary tunes to keep the party mood going inside Cypress Springs Water Park.

The School’s Out for Summer Sing-A-Long Show will have all ages letting loose and singing their hearts out. The incredibly talented SummerFest singers will serenade pool patrons with favorite pop and rock hits from the Cypress Springs Stage.

The all-new experiential Florida Explorer Scavenger Hunt will recruit guests to become “Florida Explorers” inside the atriums. Guests will grab a compass and embark on a journey amongst the resort’s flora and fauna, solving puzzles and finding clues along the way. ($6.99 per scavenger hunt activity book and compass.)

Brave guests can face their fears on the Swamp Witch Escape Ghost Tour, where they become a part of a real Florida ghost story! A tour guide will lead guests through the swamps inside our bewitchingly beautiful atrium to tell the tale of Bessie Budd-Graham, the swamp witch of Tallahassee. In the end, guests must face the specter of Bessie herself and work together to escape her curse. (Additional cost.)

The Paint the Waves Surf Show highlights the resort’s highly decorated surf team as they show off on the resort’s FlowRider Double, The Wake Zone. This talented team will take to the waves, sharing their most colorful moves in a jaw dropping exhibition of color, thrills and fun.



The Wake Zone will also host some of the best talent of the sport when the US FLOW Tour Championships presented by Aquafina® arrives on Saturday, August 11. Guests will be entertained as top competitors from the world of flowboarding test their skills while seeking to earn a national title.

Each evening as the sun dips down and the moon rises, the SummerFest Atrium Light Show presented by bubly™ welcomes guests to look up inside the resort’s St. Augustine Atrium for a bright and colorful light show that celebrates the spirit of summertime.

On weekends and select days, Build-A-Bear Workshop® adds more fun for families. Guests can choose from a variety of furry friends before adding lots of stuffing and making a wish on a heart, sending imaginations soaring. (Additional cost.)

For adult guests seeking pampering, Relâche Spa has a slate of SummerFest special offerings that takes them on a refreshing journey through the state of Florida. Inspired by the themes of the resort’s picturesque atriums, the new Florida Explorer Escape services offer fresh treatments for the season.

The Everglades Detoxifying Mud Wrap and Massage Treatment is designed to detoxify the body with the healing mud of the Florida everglades. The treatment ends with a relaxing custom massage. (80-minute treatment; $170 plus service charge.)

Inspired by the journey of Spanish explorer Ponce de León, the St. Augustine Fountain of Youth Gold Facial invites guests to treasure their face with a gold or diamond mask, followed by a luxurious hand and arm treatment. (50-minute treatment; includes a complimentary home care eye treatment; $145 plus service charge.)

Guests will feel as if they have sailed away to the Southernmost Point with the Key West Sea Mist Pedicure as they dip their toes into a luxurious foot soak followed by a citrus pumice scrub and lime essence lotion. (50-minute treatment; includes a complimentary mini lotion; $65 plus service charge.)

Guests will receive a 15-percent discount when booking all three Florida Explorer Escape treatments for the ultimate in summer relaxation.