World-Class Experiences

Things to Do

Dive into family-friendly excitement at Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD. With a revitalizing spa, a fun splash pad and pool, family-friendly activities, and perfectly located in the vibrant National Harbor area near Washington, D.C.'s iconic landmarks, our resort offers the perfect escape.

Splash into Fun

Gaylord National All-Season Pool and Splash Zone

An exclusive amenity for resort guests, our indoor pool and outdoor sundeck, whirlpool, pool bar, and kids’ splash zone* will delight the entire family. *Open seasonally.

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Relâche Spa

Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul at the award-winning Relâche Spa at Gaylord National. Voted one of the top 100 Spas in America, our full service spa for men and women offers a variety of treatments designed to melt tension away.

Morning Yoga

Daily Morning Yoga

Suitable for all levels and exclusive to resort guests, our yoga class provides a rejuvenating start to your morning. Join us daily at 7:30 a.m. to find your inner balance and enjoy the tranquility of our serene surroundings. Mats are provided for a hassle-free experience. Presented by LIFEWTR.

Fitness Center

Fitness Center

Get your total workout in at our 24/7 fitness center with a full range of cardio and strength equipment, including Peleton bikes and an indoor recreation pool.

National Harbor Pier
National Harbor Pier
Adventure Ahead

Activities For All Ages

Explore our carefully curated array of leisure activities designed to provide extraordinary moments that go beyond the ordinary. Plan your itinerary with our selection of exceptional experiences, many of which are included in your resort fee.

Family searching for scavenger hunt clues

The Hunt for Hidden Treasure Scavenger Hunt

Join Sophie and Mason, the beloved Adventure Kids, on a fun-filled scavenger hunt! They're counting on your help to learn, imagine, discover, and explore Gaylord National's atriums and find the hidden gems. Presented by LIFEWTR.

Wildlife Rescue at Gaylord National

Wildlife Rescue: Augmented Reality Experience

Take a virtual safari through the garden atrium at Gaylord National to discover and learn more about endangered animals. A smartphone and free app download are necessary to enjoy this AR experience. Presented by bubly™.

Jet Car

Aquatic Jet Cars

Take a thrilling cruise in an aquatic jet car right on the Potomac River! You're guaranteed to enjoy the ride in this speed boat that looks like a racecar. Choose from guided tours, scenic rides, or even training & test drive sessions for this one-of-a-kind experience on the harbor.

Kayak and Paddle Boards

Water Sports on the Harbor

Experience aquatic adventures all from Gaylord National’s convenient pier. Explore serene waters on the harbor atop kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. With lessons available and scenic guided tours offered at both daytime and sunset, there's something for everyone.

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Extraordinary Atrium Light Show

Experience Gaylord National's signature nightly light show in our beautiful atrium or from your balcony in select atrium-view guest rooms. Enjoy dazzling lights and thrilling music in this not-to-be-missed spectacle. Three nightly shows.

National Harbor Capital Wheel

National Harbor Attractions

Just steps from the resort, explore all National Harbor has to offer, from shopping and dining to entertainment and attractions like the Capital Wheel.

Unwrap the Joy of the Season

Christmas at Gaylord National

Enjoy festive holiday events like ICE! and our Christmas light show, and join in classic activities like ice tubing, gingerbread decorating, and photos with Santa at Gaylord National Resort near Washington, D.C.

ICE! Slide

Dine and Play

Harbor Social & Pose Rooftop Lounge

Enjoy an interactive sports bar experience at Harbor Social and play games like duck pin bowling, bocce ball, and darts while savoring on sliders and crab cakes. Or capture Insta-worthy moments at Pose Rooftop Lounge and take in the scenic views, 80's-themed drinks and vibrant ambience.

Family at Harbor Social
On-Site Outlets
Relâche Spa Couples Retreat

Relâche Spa & Salon

Discover true relaxation with a destressing massage or rejuvenating facial at the luxurious Relâche Spa, located inside our hotel near MGM National Harbor. It was awarded Four Stars by Forbes Travel Guide.

24 hour fitness center

Fitness Center

Keep up with your exercise routine in our well-equipped fitness center.

Family fun at indoor pool


Indoor Pool

Mon-Sun: 8:00 AM-10:00 PM


Towels provided


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Towels provided at whirlpool

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