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Celebrate SummerFest: Gaylord Palms offers annual family promotion
Celebrate SummerFest: Gaylord Palms offers annual family promotion

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is inviting you to celebrate the sunshine this summer with the return of the resort’s annual SummerFest promotion.

“We believe that our resort really offers the best of Florida all in one place for all families,” said Gaylord Palms Director of Public Relations & Marketing Chris Brumbaugh. “There’s so much to do poolside for all ages at our resort’s guest-exclusive water park plus we have acres inside under glass to explore, complete with plants and wildlife, when you need a break from the sun!”

The fun will kick off on May 25, as guests can enjoy an incredible resort stay and all of Gaylord Palms’ exclusive summer-themed activities through Aug. 12. There’s a ton to do, and there’s something for everyone. All activities are included in Gaylord Palms’ SummerFest Package, unless otherwise noted.

Here’s the breakdown:

Cypress Springs Water Park is the place to be on the sunniest of sunny days. Swim and splash through the on-site water park with DJ Sunny every day, at ‘The bubly Celebrate the Summer Pool Party.’

School’s out for summer — it’s time to celebrate in song. The School’s Out for Summer Sing-A-Long Show invites kids of all ages to participate in a daily poolside performance, out on the Cypress Springs Stage.

Take the party indoors and stop by Build-A-Bear Workshop on select days and weekends to build your own furry friend (for an additional cost). The workshop offers friends to be stuffed, dressed, accessorized and brought to life — all designed by you.

Grab your compass and get ready to take on the Florida Explorer Scavenger Hunt. Perfect for a sunny or rainy day, families will journey through the resort’s enclosed, air-conditioned atrium, solving puzzles and finding clues along the way. Scavenger packages include a compass and activity book, available for purchase for $6.99.

Brave families can face their fears and become part of a real Florida ghost story on the Swamp Witch Escape Ghost Tour. A tour guide will lead the path and tell the tale of Bessie Budd-Graham, the “swamp witch of Tallahassee.” Entry to the tour is an additional cost, and the tour is not recommended for children under age 7.

And for the adults, Relache Spa is waiting for you. Relax and enjoy the Florida Explorer Escape services, new for summer. Treatments are offered only for a limited time during the SummerFest promotion. These treatments include The Everglades Detoxifying Mud Wrap and Massage Treatment (80 minutes), the St. Augustine Fountain of Youth Gold Facial (50 minutes) and the Key West Sea Mist Pedicure (50 minutes). *Guests who book all three Florida Explorer Escape services will receive a 15 percent discount.

Everyone is invited to wind down at the end of the day with the SummerFest Atrium Light Show, a free presentation by bubly.

Rates for the SummerFest Package start at $214 per night (plus taxes and fees). The package includes two drink tumblers that offer unlimited soda refills throughout your stay, plus a $25 resort credit per night.

The SummerFest Premium Package starts at $245 per night, accommodating guests in an Emerald Bay Atrium room with a view of the SummerFest Atrium Light Show. The premium package also includes an exclusive family-friendly SummerFest welcome amenity (delivered to your room upon arrival), one Florida Explorer Scavenger Hunt book and compass, plus two tumblers with unlimited soda refills and a $25 resort credit per night.

Gaylord Palms also offers exquisite dining locations, including Old Hickory Steakhouse, Villa de Flora, Moor and more. Reservations can be made in advance.

For more information on SummerFest at Gaylord Palms, or to book your summer staycation, visit www.GaylordPalms.com/SummerFest.