7 Things to Do at Gaylord Opryland with Kids

If you’ve seen one Gaylord Hotel property then you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong!

After exploring Gaylord Palms in Orlando, I figured my visit to Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel would be much of the same. I was so wrong! Sure, there are similarities. Each is a biosphere made up of different areas full of blooming flowers, waterfalls and walkways. And kid-friendly activities abound at all Gaylord properties. Each property, however, has its own distinct features and ambiance.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Here are seven unique activities families can enjoy together at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel:

Watch a fountain show.
The fountain in the Delta atrium puts on a choreographed water, light and music show. The shows are scheduled daily in the evening but they are subject to cancellation.

Splash in the pool.
There are two outdoor pools to splash in while you catch some rays but if you are visiting during the winter, there is also an indoor pool.

Visit the arcade.
There is a small arcade located in the Cascades atrium that is packed with all sorts of video games.  It’s a good place to take a break with the kids.

Take a ride on the riverboat.
The riverboat tour guides tell visitors about the plants and fish that are found throughout the Delta. Cruises wind around the 4.5-acre indoor garden and depart daily from 10am to 10pm.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel Riverboat

Delta Riverboat Tour

Do a spa day together.
My daughter is at an age where pedicures are so much fun for her. The Relache spa offers fun services for children; they can get a manicure or pedicure, a princess up-do, or learn Make-Up 101.

Meet Dreamworks characters.
During the holiday season, Dreamworks characters come to life in Snow! and Ice! Visitors can enjoy an evening of dancing and meeting the characters from Madagascar during Gaylord Opryland’s Spring Break with Friends from Madagascar. If your child is celebrating a birthday at Gaylord, party in style with a favorite Dreamworks character.

Grab a sweet treat.
If you need a break from walking all over the expansive property, grab a sweet treat at Christie Cookie or Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream.

After seeing the Gaylord Palms and the Gaylord Opryland, it’s clear that no two Gaylord properties are the same. This summer, my family and I will be headed up to the Baltimore area and we will have to add visiting the Gaylord National (on the Potomac in Maryland) to our must-visit list.

Jennifer Close loves to explore and take new adventures with her family down the street, across the country and around the world. She writes about her adventures on her family travel blog, Two Kids and a Map, and writes about exploring Pensacola at Pensacola with Kids.

A Note from The Travel Mama: Jennifer received a conference rate for her room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

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  1. Jen – you are REALLY making me want to go check out a Gaylord property for myself! Thanks for the tips!

  2. emily e says:

    If you go at Christmas time there are a zillion more kids activities too. They have all kinds of things going on at Christmas.

  3. I’m going in the morning with a 7 and 2yr old . I don’t wanna be in pool not chancing my little one getting sick , he has 2 surgeries jan 3 . So I want them to have fun with out going in debt right after Christmas so any things that you know that they could enjoy.

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