Surf In and Rock Out At Summerfest at the Gaylord Palms!

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

Summerfest at the Gaylord Palms brings amazing family activities, cool experiences, and a hot summer together!

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

I had the chance to check out all the amazing experiences at the Gaylord Palms for Summerfest. As you know, the Gaylord Palms is one of my favorite resorts to stay at in Orlando due to the amazing food, accessibility to the parks, beauty of the rooms, and amount of activities that they have to offer! I spent a whole 24 hours in the resort taking in as much of the Summerfest activities that I could handle! Let’s take a look at what the Gaylord Palms is offering as well as what my favorite activities are!

Gaylord Palms Resort celebrates the spirit of beach parties and summer ballads with this year’s SummerFest featuring Surf In & Rock Out! supported by Pepsi. Offered daily from now until August 13, the event’s family-friendly entertainment will have Guests singing along with shows and activities in addition to riding the wave on the resort’s FlowRider Double and splashing down one of seven waterslides waiting at the newly expanded water park.

Many of the highlights for the SummerFest event lineup put Cypress Springs Water Park center stage, including the daily Aquafina RiffTide Pool Party, inviting all the dudes and dudettes to join the most epic jam session this side of the Atlantic. DJ Cowabunga Chris spins classic and contemporary tunes to rock out to while hanging out in Cypress Springs Water Park.

Other exciting highlights for SummerFest featuring Surf In & Rock Out include:

I Wanna Rock! Sing-A-Long Show
Guests are encouraged to let loose their inner Rockstars as they rock out with Gaylord Palms’ very own Pop Princess and Rock Super Star! Guests can sing, dance, and play along to favorite Pop and Rock hits on the Cypress Spring Stage.

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

Legends of Rock & Surf Scavenger Hunt
Grab a wave and rock your way around the star-studded Gaylord Palms Atrium, searching for eight custom surfboards. At each stop, learn about Rock and Surf Legends.

Cypress Springs Theater Showings
Each day, Guests can rise and shine like a Rockstar with some fun early-morning cartoons on the giant Cypress Springs pool movie screen. As evening falls, they will enjoy a Dive-In Movie with fun family favorites beneath the summer stars.

Rockin’ Arts & Crafts
Young Guests can show off their creative skills when they make some totally rockin’ swag outside on the pool deck.

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

Summer Fun at Relâche Spa
Guests may indulge in pure relaxation with a Rock of Anti-Aging Treatment or bring the spa home by creating a fragrant lotion, scrub, and fizz with special services and treatments.

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

PJ Party Under the Sea
On Fridays and Saturdays, as the sun sets and the moon rises, Guests can dry off and put on PJs for a night of giggles, games, and groovin’ Under the Sea! The festive fun includes family games, a dance party, story time, and a bedtime snack.

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

Paint the Waves Party featuring the GlowRider
On select Friday nights, as the sun goes down, Guests will be dazzled as the FlowRider becomes the GlowRider during an evening full of vibrant colors and glittering waves. DJ Cowabunga Chris will keep the party going, spinning crowd favorites as the Cypress Springs pool transforms into a psychedelic, multicolored playground.

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

Rock n’ Roll Never Dies Ghost Tour
Friday and Saturday nights offer a creepy twist when Guests embark on a guided tour through the eerily beautiful Gaylord Palms Atrium, listening to tales about the most haunted places in Florida. Then, Guests will experience a ghost story of their very own about a Legendary Rock Guitarist who wasn’t ready to let the music die, even after his untimely death. Not for the faint of heart.

Build-A-Bear Workshop on the Pool Deck
On weekends and select days, families can choose from all kinds of furry friends before adding lots of stuffing and making a wish on a heart as imaginations soar at the special poolside Build-A-Bear Workshop!

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

In addition to all this spirited summer fun, Guests will find poolside games, airbrush tattoos, rocker hair braids, face painting and much more happening at Cypress Springs Water Park alongside the zero-entry family pool, treehouse water play structure with four water slides PLUS the recent $4.2 million addition of Big Cypress, towering nearly 60 feet above the pools with the Florida Free Fall drop slide and the Tamiami Twister racing slides; and The Wake Zone, a FlowRider Double surfable wave simulator.

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

Make the most of your summertime visit with SummerFest featuring Surf In & Rock Out Package, available all season long (based on availability) with rates starting at $179 per night, plus taxes and fees. Adding to the other resort excitement, the SummerFest Room Package includes a welcome bag, two drink tumblers that include unlimited soda refills, $25 resort credit per night, and a SummerFest lanyard for each Guest on the reservation. For additional information or to book your getaway, visit

Gaylord Palms Resort offers a mix of entertainment both inside and out, creating a superior guest experience in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Guests are welcomed into the resort’s 4.5-acre soaring glass atrium featuring winding waterways, lush gardens, and animal habitats. Our extraordinary amenities include fine and casual dining, spa and shopping – all conveniently located within minutes of the area’s theme parks.

Summerfest at Gaylord Palms

I loved how Summerfest is great for families or just adults looking to get away for a weekend! My favorite activities were the Ghost Tour as well as the pool party! The ghost tour was full of amazing stories from around the state of Florida which really made it close to home! The pool party was a great time for families to cool off in the heat of Florida, rocking out to some amazing music! Trust me when I say, you do not want to miss Summerfest at the Gaylord Palms this summer!

Learn more about the resort at and stay connected with all the resort happenings by following @GaylordPalms on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

My name is Jason Mayhew, and I am the owner of OFF On The Go. When not traveling with the website, I own my own marketing and PR company, J Mayhew Marketing. I have the best job where I get to travel the world and showcase the most amazing and unique experiences!

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Jason Mayhew

My name is Jason Mayhew, and I am the owner of OFF On The Go. When not traveling with the website, I own my own marketing and PR company, J Mayhew Marketing. I have the best job where I get to travel the world and showcase the most amazing and unique experiences!


  1. Luciana Barranco

    Our kids love Gaylord Palms!

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