Summers in Texas can get hot. And when I say hot, I mean HOT. July is quickly approaching and there’s no doubt the thermometer will read 100 degrees soon after. Because of that, we look for indoor activities to combine with outdoor activities my children enjoy.
With the Gaylord Texan a few miles away in Grapevine, I was happy to hear about the theme of this year’s Summerfest: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! The Gaylord is perfect for a staycation or vacation – there is so much to do!
GAYLORD TEXAN’S 13TH ANNUAL SUMMERFEST
Through September 5, you can get your fill of family fun entertainment, such as live music, a splash party, Queen of Hearts “Light Up the Night” party, summer movies, a 3D visual light show, and more!
4-D Wonderland Adventure: Take a trip with Alice through Wonderland in this 4D experience. Grab your 3D glasses (provided) and travel through the vortex tunnel to become part of a real life adventure that includes colorful lights, 3D artwork, and more! Price: Adults $15 plus tax | Children (4-12) $12 plus tax | 3 & Under: Free with a paid ticket
This Way & That Way Scavenger Hunt: By day, follow the clues and solve the puzzles to find the Cheshire Cats hidden around the atrium. By night, find the glowing clues to solve the riddles hidden throughout the Alice-inspired décor. Complete either hunt and receive a special souvenir to take home! Prizes can be redeemed at the Concierge desk or at any SummerFest event during operating hours. Price: $10 plus tax
Cups & Canvases: Kids can pick between a cup or an Alice-themed canvas and let their inner artists come to life. Select from one of our pre-printed designs or be inspired by Alice to follow your own path. Price: $19.99 + tax (cup or canvas) or $35.99 + tax (any two items)
Hatter’s Tea Party: Be the guest of honor at the Hatter’s table and enjoy a fun-filled, interactive experience for the whole family. Put on your souvenir top hat, decorate tasty cupcakes and enjoy delicious Wonder Punch while the Hatter creates some nonsensical magic. Price: $25 plus tax
You can combine the activities above in a Wonderland All-Access Pass, for only $48 plus tax! The All-Access Pass includes: 4D Wonderland Adventure (unlimited entrance),This Way & That Way Black Light Scavenger Hunt, Hatter’s Tea Party or Cups & Canvases (choose one) and a 6×8 SummerFest Picture!
And while you’re there, don’t forget to check out the free activities going on at the Gaylord, too!
Queen of Arts Tour: Journey through our four-and-a-half acres of lush indoor gardens while enjoying Alice-themed sculptures, paintings, blown glass and more from local artists!
Giant Glow Checkers: Grab your friends to play on our super-sized checker board to enjoy some BIG fun!
Summer Movies: Enjoy the best family-friendly movies every night at 6:00 PM.
Queen of Hearts Light Up the Night Party: Join the Queen of Hearts & Wonderland friends as we kick off the night with strolling characters, balloon artists, music and more! Party starts at 9:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and select Sunday nights.
Breaking Through the Looking Glass: Your eyes won’t believe themselves as you see our Mission Plaza walls magically transform into a live 3D canvas! With spectacular Alice-themed imagery, watch as our enormous walls change shape, giant mushrooms appear, animals creep out from the shadows and more! Show starts at 9:30 PM on Friday, Saturday and select Sunday nights.