OK, so it's not quite summer yet, but those busy folks at Gaylord Palms are already preparing for their annual summer festivities and extra range of attractions around the resort. Here's what's in store:

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – (April 17, 2019) – Gaylord Palms Resort welcomes guests seeking the best of Florida fun during the resort’s annual SummerFest, offering family-friendly entertainment and experiences. From May 24 through August 11, SummerFest presented by Aquafina® invites guests to plan overnight stays to enjoy 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 center of family activities, particularly during the Splash Party presented by bubly™ as guests 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. (Included for overnight guests.)

Designed to entertain all members of the family, Cypress Springs Water Park features a zero-entry family pool, treehouse water play structure with four water slides, the Big Cypress tower with an AquaDrop slide and two racing slides, and The Wake Zone, a Double FlowRider with a surfable simulated wave. The Wake Zone also becomes a stage on select nights as the resort’s highly decorated surf team to show off their skills during the Paint the Waves Surf Show. The talented team will take to the waves, sharing their most colorful moves in a jaw dropping exhibition of color, thrills and fun. (Included for overnight guests.)

When guests decide to take a break from the sun, the experiential Florida Explorer Scavenger Hunt awaits, recruiting them to become “Florida Explorers” inside the resort’s 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. ($9.99 per scavenger hunt activity book and compass.)

More summer fun can be discovered inside The Pirate’s Treasure Escape Room! Bold guests can join Emerald, the wayfaring wife of the dread pirate Captain Hornswoggle, becoming part of her crew needing to ransack the Captain’s Quarters in search of the ultimate treasure. The Captain has hidden a priceless jewel somewhere inside and refuses to give away the prized gem, even to his wife! He is due back in 30 minutes and guests must find the gem and escape before his return. ($15.99 per person.)

During a trek into the Everglades atrium to Sawgrass Place, guests will find snakes, turtles and baby alligators tucked away. On Saturdays during SummerFest, even more incredible creatures will join the fun during Exotic Animal Encounters, a very special opportunity for guests to interact with and learn about a variety of exotic animals. (Included for overnight guests.)

Each evening, the Illuminate Florida Light Show welcomes guests to look to the sky inside the resort’s St. Augustine Atrium for a colorful, multi-sensory celebration of the Sunshine State! Created to excite and amaze, this show features an epic musical score set to millions of choreographed lights, taking guests on a journey from the swamplands to the beach, highlighting all Florida has to offer! (Included for overnight guests.)

Make the most of your summertime visit with our SummerFest Package, available all season long (based on availability) with rates starting at $194 per night, plus taxes and fees. This package features one Florida Explorer Scavenger Hunt book and compass, two drink tumblers that include unlimited soda plus a $25 resort credit per night.

Guests can upgrade their overnight experience with the SummerFest Premium Package, limited to a select number each day. This package includes accommodations in an Emerald Bay Atrium room with a view of the Illuminate Florida Light Show, a special family-friendly SummerFest welcome amenity delivered to the room, one Florida Explorer Scavenger Hunt book and compass, two drink tumblers that include unlimited soda refills with a $25 resort credit per night. Rates for the SummerFest Premium Package begin at $234 plus taxes and fees.

For additional information or to book your getaway, visit GaylordPalms.com/SummerFest.