All-American SummerFest Vacation at Gaylord National Resort

An awesome family vacation that feels summery, special and all-American is available to you all summer long, thanks to Gaylord National Resort’s SummerFest, An All-American Celebration. Enjoy iconic activities and a memorable getaway that your family will love…without a long battle with traffic!

Gaylord National’s SummerFest has an overnight package especially for families, the SummerFest Family Escape. This package includes

  • One night accommodations at Gaylord National Resort and access to all family activities happening on-site
  • Complimentary resort fee that includes your access to the pool, outdoor sun lounge area with bar for parents and fountain/splash pad for the kids
  • Free transport on the National Harbor Circulator that will drive you to all the attractions at National Harbor, such as the Waterfront District, MGM National Harbor and Tanger Outlets.
  • Complimentary self parking and Internet.
  • Kids eat free at the breakfast buffet at Pienza Marketplace

The package starts at $299 (cheaper and closer than the beach, I tell ya!) and is available now through September 3rd.

We checked out all the fun a family could possibly find at Gaylord National with a SummerFest Family Escape package and we were wowed by all of the activities offered!

We swam and soaked up the sun at the pool and outdoor lounge area.

We all cooled off and played in the outdoor fountain by the pool. Saturdays there are Summer Jams Poolside with live music!



We took the Star Spangled Quest at the resort, searching high and low to solve 13 clues about our country’s history. We submitted our completed quest for a chance to win an overnight stay! Any visitor, even those not staying overnight at the hotel, is welcome to enjoy the scavenger hunt fun.

We walked down to the Waterfront District and rode the Capital Wheel. When you stay at Gaylord National Harbor, you score 20% off Capital Wheel tickets!

We experienced the brand new “A National Haunting” Ghost Tour, which is free for hotel guest. This very kid-friendly storytelling tour invited kids and parents to learn about the possibly-haunted history of the Potomac River. We were led along a waterfront pathway for a subtly spooky 30 minute tour.

Our crew bonded under the stars, lights, and lasers during the Great American Road Trip Atrium Show presented by bubly, set to American road trip music. All the little kids boogied in front of the dancing water jets that changed color to the music. These shows happen every night at 8pm and 9pm in the lower atrium.


On Saturdays resort guests can watch a Movie Under the Stars presented by bubly. Lounge on the provided bean bags or bring a blanket, and watch together a family-friendly film.


Seeking to go somewhere fabulous with the family for 4th of July weekend, but want to skip the excruciating holiday traffic? Head to our family’s go-to vacation spot right in the DMV, Gaylord National Resort, for a SummerFest staycation.


We also love the awesome restaurants at Gaylord National Harbor. During our visit we had a superb dinner at National Pastime Sports Bar & Grill and then a big brunch at the Pienza Marketplace.


More Fun at National Harbor: There are so many fun activities for families at National Harbor — check out our favorites in this post!  We also love the Urban Pirates National Harbor Cruise, check that link for our review.

And if you are considering a couple’s getaway or date night at National Harbor, check out these offerings at Gaylord National Resort: 

Silent Disco Party

Experience the coolest new way to enjoy music at our Lobby Bar with views of our garden atrium and the Potomac River. Participants are given special headphones with channels tuned to select music mixes created by our DJ. Choose your favorite station and dance the night away.

Times: Saturdays, 9pm-Midnight
Location: Belvedere Lobby Bar
: FREE to Overnight Hotel guests and $10 fee for visitors.

Pose Rooftop Lounge #FlashBackFriday

Party like it’s 1988 at Pose – Gaylord National’s exclusive rooftop lounge on its 18th floor. Guests can enjoy hits from the 80s and specialty drinks.

Times: Fridays | 9pm-Midnight
Location: Pose Lounge

Summer Fun at Relâche Spa

Indulge in pure relaxation with special summer treatments. Treatment options include massage, pedicure and facial.

Relâche Spa Services

Happy summer!

Disclosure: We received a family press review stay. No additional compensation received. All opinions are my own. 

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