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Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

6000 West Osceola Parkway · Kissimmee, Florida 34746 USA

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SummerFest Events & Activities

Hours of Operation: Vary by day and may have multiple showings throughout the day. Times and dates are subject to change.

The best way to experience SummerFest is to spend the night with us.

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SummerFest at Gaylord Palms

Friday, May 25 – Sunday, August 12, 2018

School’s out for the summer and it’s time to have some fun. Bust out your flip flops and bathing suits, and celebrate summer at Gaylord Palms’ annual SummerFest event. Soak up the sun at our Cypress Springs Water Park – including a drop slide, racing slides and a double FlowRider surfing experience. Featuring pool parties, sing-a-longs, a surf show and a scavenger hunt, SummerFest will be a splashing good time for everyone.

Endless Entertainment all Summer Long

Take a sneak peek into all the excitement that awaits you during SummerFest at Gaylord Palms Resort.

“This is the BEST place our family has gone for vacation. I just don't have enough words to describe our experience.” Andrew G. – Tampa, Florida

““There are alligators, a fort, waterfalls, and multiple fish ponds. My little kids truly enjoyed SummerFest.” Courtney J. – Jacksonville, Florida

“Cypress Springs - WOW! We were blown away by the water park.” Lili S. – Atlanta, Georgia

Paint the Waves Surf Show

Every night as the sun goes down, our highly decorated FlowRider Team will take to the waves to show off their most colorful moves in a jaw dropping exhibition of color, thrills and fun.  

Times: Daily | 7pm
Location: Cypress Springs, The Wake Zone FlowRider
Price: Complimentary for overnight resort guests

Florida Explorer Scavenger Hunt

We are looking for the best and brightest Florida Explorers to pass on the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully explore the interesting, incredible, and sometimes treacherous state of Florida. Your journey begins inside the 4.5-acre atrium, filled to the brim with Flora (plant-life) and Fauna (animal-life) from all over the state. To succeed in becoming a real life Florida explorer you will need to navigate through the atrium and learn about unique plants, animals, and historical landmarks. Good Luck!

Times: All Day at your leisure, starting at 9am
Location: Hotel Atrium - Purchase your Scavenger Hunt Booklet at the Pool Towel Hut
$6.99 per booklet, plus tax

The Swamp Witch Escape Ghost Tour

Become a part of a real Florida ghost story. Explore the swamp lands of our bewitchingly beautiful atrium while your tour guide tells you the story of Bessie Budd-Graham, the swamp witch of Tallahassee. Come face-to-face with the specter of Bessie herself and work together to escape her curse.

Times: Daily
Sunday-Thursday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
Friday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Saturday: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Location: Meet at hotel lobby with your ticket
Price: $14.99 plus tax, per person

Dive-In Movies

Enjoy the best family-friendly movies under the stars.

Times: Saturdays | 8:15pm
Location: Cypress Springs Water Park Screen
Price: Complimentary for overnight resort guests

The Exotic Animal Encounter

Trek into the Everglades atrium to Sawgrass Place, where you will find snakes, turtles and baby alligators. On Saturdays during SummerFest, you won’t want to miss the special opportunity to interact with and learn about a variety of exotic animals.

Times:  Saturdays | 5pm
Location:  Sawgrass Place (Everglades Atrium)
Cost:  Complimentary for overnight resort guests

Sounds of Freedom Light Show presented by bubly™

The sun may be down and the moon may be up, but there’s still more fun to be had! Enjoy a bright and colorful light show designed to celebrate the sounds of freedom.

Times: Nightly | 9:15pm
Location: St. Augustine Atrium
Price: Complimentary for overnight resort guests

bubly™ Celebrate the Summer Pool Party

DJ Sunny is here to bring your family summer tunes, pool games and prizes. Move and groove along as DJ Sunny spins classic and contemporary tunes to rock out to while hanging out in Cypress Springs Water Park.

Times: Daily | 12pm-5pm
Location: Cypress Springs Water Park
Price: Complimentary for overnight resort guests

School’s Out for Summer Sing-A-Long

Join our show-stopping team of singers, and celebrate the summer singing and dancing to some of pop and rock's greatest hits. Shake your tail feather, and sing along to the catchy summer tunes.

Times: Daily | 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Location: Cypress Springs Stage
Price: Complimentary for overnight resort guests

Build-A-Bear Workshop®

It’s the most fun you’ll ever make! Choose from all kinds of furry friends, add lots of stuffing and make a wish on a heart. Let your imagination soar and create your story.

Fridays | 4pm-8pm
Saturdays | 1pm-8pm
Sundays | 10am-4pm
Memorial Day, July 3 & July 4 | 10am-6pm
Location: Outside Arcade
Price: Varies depending on items selected

Summer Serenity at Relâche Spa

Indulge in pure relaxation with our Florida Explorer Escape treatments, including a mud wrap, gold facial, and Key West pedicure.

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