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7 Things to Do at Gaylord Opryland with Kids

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Every Gaylord resort offers kid-friendly activities and a biosphere filled with blooming flowers, waterfalls and walkways. Each property, however, has its own distinct features and ambiance. Read this review to discover seven unique things to do at Gaylord Opryland with kids in Nashville, Tennessee.

SoundWaves Lazy River

SoundWaves Lazy River (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

1. Watch the Delta Fountain Show.

The fountain in Gaylord Opryland’s Delta Atrium puts on a choreographed water, light and music show. Daytime and evening shows are scheduled daily. Don’t miss this impressive display!

Delta Fountain Show at Gaylord Opryland

Delta Fountain Show (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

2. Splash at SoundWaves indoor/outdoor waterpark.

Gaylord Opryland Resort is home to the four-acre, three-level luxury SoundWaves indoor/outdoor waterpark. Look for a lazy river, waterslides, a wave machine for surfing, fountains and more.

SoundWaves Waterpark

SoundWaves Waterpark (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

3. Ride the Delta Riverboat.

Wind through the resort’s Delta Atrium aboard a Mississippi-style flatboat. The riverboat tour guide tells visitors about the plants and fish found in the 4.5-acre indoor garden. Daytime and evening boat depart are offered daily.

Gaylord Opryland Riverboat ride

Riverboat ride (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

4. Play games in the arcade.

Two on-site arcades are packed with all sorts of video games. If your children like video games (and what kid doesn’t?!), then a stop here is a must during your family’s stay at Gaylord Opryland.

Arcade at Gaylord Opryland

Arcade (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

5. Get a kid-friendly spa treatment at Relâche Spa.

Bond with your kids during a family-friendly spa treatment. The Relâche Spa offers fun services for children. They can get manicures or pedicures, princess up-dos, or learn Make-Up 101. Of course, adults can book facials, massages, and body treatments as well.

Relâche Spa

Relâche Spa (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

6. Enjoy special holiday touches.

When visiting Nashville with kids during the holiday season, Gaylord Opryland offers festive activities for families. Expect special shows, character dining, gingerbread decorating, and themed scavenger hunts. You just might see characters from beloved Christmas classics like Charlie Brown & Friends, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Grinch and more.

Christmastime at Gaylord Opryland

Christmastime at Gaylord Opryland (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

7. Eat, drink and be merry.

With a total of 18 restaurants, lounges and grab-n-go dining options at Gaylord Opryland, you won’t go hungry or thirsty here. From Fuse Sports Bar with tailgate-inspired favorites to Wasabi’s sake and sushi bar, there’s something to suit all palates. Located in the hotel’s atrium, Cascades American Café is a particularly pretty spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you need a break from walking all over the expansive property, then grab a sweet treat at Cinnabon or Carvel, or perk up with Starbucks coffee at the Cocoa Bean Coffee House. Then there’s the Falls Bar, sure to be a favorite with mom and dad with its hand-crafted cocktails and small plates served overlooking twin waterfalls.

Cascades American Café

Cascades American Café (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

Other Things to Do at Gaylord Opryland

In addition to these seven fun things to do at Gaylord Opryland with kids, there are fun activities for parents to enjoy, too. Golfers will appreciate the Gaylord Springs Golf Links, a Scottish links-style par-72 course and clubhouse. To stay in shape during your travels, head to the hotel’s Fitness Center & Pools where you’ll find 3,500 square feet of equipment plus three swimming pools. Forgot something or want a souvenir of your trip? Shop the resort’s stores for name brand clothing and accessories plus toys and gifts.

Gaylord Springs Golf Links

Gaylord Springs Golf Links (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

Book a Stay at Gaylord Hotels

Gaylord offers four hotel locations, each with its own unique touches and character. In addition to Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee, families can reserve a room or suite at Gaylord Rockies in Colorado, Gaylord Palms in Florida, and Gaylord Texan in Texas. Read more reviews and book your stay at Gaylord Opryland via now!

On-site shopping at Gaylord Opryland

On-site shopping (Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland)

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Things to Do at Gaylord Opryland with Kids in Nashville, Tennessee

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About Jennifer Close, Travel Mamas Blogger

Jennifer Close loves to explore and take new adventures with her family down the street, across the country and around the world. She is a former family travel blogger and current grade school librarian.

  1. Marie Phillips says

    I have never been to any Gaylord places before. This looks like so much fun. I know my boys would enjoy it, especially the water park.

  2. Ntensibe Edgar says

    Looking at photos like these makes me wish I would swim! You just had lots of water, in that water. This is a great place. I will closely keep tabs on it.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      It’s never too late to learn a new skill like swimming! And then you could enjoy Gaylord’s incredible pools! 🙂

  3. Blair Villanueva says

    I mean the whole experience here in Gaylord Opryland is splendid! Perfect for this Christmas weekend with families, or even for newlyweds.

  4. I’d love to be able to travel here one day. Hoping that the virus eases in the next year or two, so that everyone can safely return to travelling our beautiful planet again!

  5. I always love to read your trip experienced with your family. I can’t wait to see your next post!

  6. Gaylord Opryland looks awesome and fun. Great place to take your family for holiday.

  7. This looks like a magical wonderland! I would love to go – but I would leave the kids at home 😀

  8. Gervin Khan says

    Wow, this is such an amazing place to visit, so many beautiful and fun things to do and I am sure my kids will love this place to.

  9. Gaylord Opryland sounds like a fun place. Would love to visit one day with my family.

  10. Matt Taylor says

    Wow Gaylord Opryland looks amazing! I will definitely have to go and visit someday. I don’t have kids, but that won’t stop me, haha.

  11. What a super fun place to take your kids and spend time with family! All of these activities looks so fun!


  12. We haven’t been to Gaylord Opryland but we have been to Gaylord Palms in Florida. We love it! So much to do, you don’t even have to leave the resort.

  13. Tabitha Bruah says

    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.

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

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

      Emily – You’re right, the Christmas activities at Gaylord properties look incredible! Jennifer wrote about her holiday experience at Gaylord Palms for Travel Mamas too.

    • Russelle Fitzgerald says

      Is this something that I need to buy tickets to or will it just be an opportunity when we get there the last thing I want is to get there and everything be sold out

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