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7 Things to Do at Gaylord Opryland with Kids

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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. Kid-friendly activities abound at all Gaylord properties. Each property, however, has its own distinct features and ambiance. Here are seven unique activities to enjoy at Gaylord Opryland with kids.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Gaylord Opryland Hotel (Photo credit: Jennifer Close)

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 hotel 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.

Play in 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 at the Gaylord Opryland (Photo credit: Jennifer Close)

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.

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

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 writes about her adventures on her family travel blog,

  1. Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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