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Gaylord Hotels Announces Summer of More Programming

April 20, 2021 Hotel News No Comments

Gaylord Hotels is thrilled to invite guests and locals to enjoy a Summer of More and soak up ample fun at its iconic, expansive upscale water parks, multiple sparkling pools, and acres of sprawling indoor gardens and atriums.

Beginning May 21 and running through September 6, 2021 at Gaylord Texan in Texas, Gaylord Rockies in Colorado, Gaylord Palms in Florida, and Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee, the Summer of More combines the excitement of immersive aquatic experiences with a line-up of delicious culinary and beverage offerings, soothing spa treatments, and an itinerary full of themed programming inclusive of live entertainment, pop-up speakeasies, family-friendly shows and activities, educational workshops, and much more. Gaylord Hotels delivers the perfect getaway for guests of all ages.

As Gaylord Hotels celebrates its Summer of More, the brand is excited to announce the much-anticipated reopening of its iconic Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on July 1, 2021, just in time for the summer travel season. Reopening with an expansive $64 million guest room renovation, the Capitol Region hotel will bring exciting new seasonal activities designed to highlight its spectacular 19-story garden atrium and waterfront setting.

Aquatic Fun All Season Long

A summertime must, Gaylord Hotels’ renowned water parks and pools are placed in the spotlight as the resorts welcome guests to cool down and make a splash with new and signature experiences. Here is what is happening in the water this season:

Newly unveiled, Gaylord Palms welcomes guests to Crystal River Rapids, a thrilling new action river water attraction at Cypress Springs Water Park that takes guests on an exhilarating ride as they twist and turn through speeding currents. With the new Crystal River Rapids, guests will discover new casual grab-and-go dining for lunch and dinner, two spas with massage jets, stunning 360-degree views and upgraded pool seating. The new experience joins signature attractions at Cypress Springs Water Park, including its 48.5-ft. tall Florida Free Fall AquaDrop slide, 3-level Tree House Water Playground, and much more.

Gaylord Texan brings back aquatic fun at its 10-acre outdoor Paradise Springs pool and lazy river complex, offering an exclusive array of action-packed and relaxing water attractions including a 6,000-square-foot family lagoon with walk-in beach, winding water slides, zip-line, multi-level interactive water treehouse, and more. Additionally, the resort is pleased to also offer a newly renovated outdoor pool and hot tub with an expanded pool deck and pool bar.

Gaylord Rockies invites guests to Arapahoe Springs, its sprawling indoor/outdoor water complex, inclusive of multiple water slides, zero-entry indoor and outdoor pools, 720-ft. long lazy river, as well as sunbathing decks to relax and unwind.

At Gaylord Opryland, guests can enhance their stay at the 3-level upscale modern oasis, SoundWaves, an unexpected aquatic attraction featuring thrilling water slides and multi-level play structures, body drop slides, FlowRider® Double attraction, lazy and rapid rivers, outdoor wave pool, and more, as well as relaxing indoor and outdoor pools.

As visitors enjoy the water all season long across the resorts, they can partake in summer pool parties that bring DJs and music, games, prizes and more for kids and adults alike. Guests are also invited to enjoy exclusive poolside cabanas available for rent, which provide extra shade, comfortable lounge seating, and amenities including refrigerators, televisions, and a designated pool server. Additionally, guests can reserve premium pool-side seating at select resorts. For more information about the pools and water parks at Gaylord Hotels and a by-the-numbers breakdown, click HERE.

Summer Activities Outside the Water

In addition to its exciting aquatic offerings, Gaylord Hotels has curated unique and educational summer programming to be enjoyed in each resort’s expansive, climate-controlled atriums under soaring glass ceilings. Animal Encounters offers participants real-life learning interactions with a variety of creatures, while Wildlife Rescue presents an augmented reality experience by bubly™, where guests virtually track down and learn about endangered species. The Adventures Kids: Join the Club show at Gaylord Palms takes little ones on an educational journey to learn about plant life, animals, and the planet as they earn special badges.

Guests can also enjoy afternoon and evening family movie nights, Build-A-Bear® Workshops, Summer Celebration Sing-A-Longs, morning in-room yoga, stunning atrium fountain and light shows, horticultural expeditions, and much more. Gaylord Rockies also invites families to gather around the fire with their own s’mores making kits for a delicious summertime treat.

Themed Adventures

As part of summer programming at Gaylord Texan, Gaylord Rockies and Gaylord Opryland, guests are invited to take part in specially themed Pirates and Princesses activities. An ideal family adventure, these creatively curated experiences include a Pirates and Princesses Academy interactive show, exciting resort-wide treasure hunts, pirate and princess-inspired arts and crafts and thrilling hidden treasure escape rooms, with pop-up speakeasies featuring themed craft cocktails for the adult family members at select locations. Guests of Gaylord Opryland can also hop aboard its Battle for the Blue Diamond Boat Ride with Delta Riverboat Co. inside the resort’s Delta atrium.

At Gaylord Palms, summer programming presents adventures around the theme, EXPLORE, encouraging guests to uncover the stories and discover the natural wonders of Florida. With a scavenger hunt, an escape room, light show, and other activities designed to foster exploration, Gaylord Palms also unveils a brand-new interactive, guided adventure, Explore Summer, where guests are taken on an exciting journey of discovery through the resort’s atriums.

Summer at the Spa

In between aquatic activities and themed experiences, kids and adults alike can book a pampering session at each resort’s signature Relâche Spa. Gaylord Rockies invites guests to take advantage of two summer special treatments, including a 105-minute Detox & Renewal Body Treatment that firms and smooths skin and leaves guests feeling swimsuit ready, and an 80-minute Skin Renewal Facial that restores the skin’s natural balance and energy. Gaylord Texan will also feature soothing summertime spa treatments including the 50-minute Dream Catcher Massage for the ultimate in relaxation, or the 50-minute Illuminating Wrinkle Recovery Facial leaving guests fresh-faced for the season.

Youthful guests at Gaylord Opryland and Gaylord Rockies can enjoy Pirates and Princesses spa fun. At each resort, a selection of special treatments includes a Princess Shampoo and Style, Pirate Haircut, and Princess and Pirate Manicure and Pedicure, among other pampering services.

Indulge in Summer Delights

Guests can discover unique dining experiences with seasonal specials at signature restaurants and bars across the resorts. At Gaylord Opryland guests can sip on imaginative summer cocktails and mocktails at the Three Sheets Speakeasy at American Craft Tavern and enjoy a special Royal Afternoon Tea. Gaylord Texan offers whiskey tastings, margarita flights, and upscale holiday brunches, along with unique culinary programs like a junior chef’s camp for kids as well as oyster and sparkling wine pairings for adults.

At Gaylord Rockies, adult guests can visit the seasonal pop-up speakeasy with themed cocktails and enjoy a line-up of culinary and beverage offerings, as well as explore the diverse dining and craft brewery scene of surrounding Aurora. Gaylord Palms invites guests to enjoy its multiple award-winning restaurants with unique culinary experiences, breathtaking atrium views, and mouth-watering seasonal dishes and summer cocktails.

Summer of More Packages

All four resorts are offering room packages ideal for a vacation getaway or easy-to-get-to staycation that include overnight accommodations, food and beverage credits, event tickets, activities, shows, and more with rates starting around $269 at select properties for a family of four.

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, the resorts’ summer events are developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Programming will also operate in accordance with the latest local, state and federal legislation.

For more information about Gaylord Hotels and to book Summer of More vacations or staycations at each of the resorts, visit

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