Once Upon a Spring at Gaylord Opryland

Gaylord Opryland is known far and wide for it’s annual Christmas celebration, and this year, it is bringing that same magic to other seasons and holidays. Come spend a day celebrating Spring and Easter with “Once Upon a Spring,” where your family can spend a full day enjoying the events and activities at the hotel.

Once Upon a Spring events include:

Paint Me a Fairytale

Go on an interactive story time adventure with Mother Goose in this musical production for all ages.

My kids are 10 and 16, so I thought they might be too old to enjoy the show, but they laughed throughout the creative re-tellings of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, and The Princess and The Pea.

Be sure to pay attention so you don’t miss Bitey the Squirrel, who was a new to us character who stole the show.

Hours of Operation:
March 12 – May 16, 2021
Fridays & Saturdays   5pm | 6pm | 7pm
Sundays   11am | 12pm | 1pm

  • Tickets are Non-Refundable. Ticket insurance is available for purchase.
  • Children who sit in parent’s lap and do not need a seat, do not require a ticket for admission.
  • Event will take place at Water’s Edge in the Delta Atrium.

Art Studio

Paint a masterpiece with Painting with a Twist. Your family can choose one of a dozen designs that are sketched with pencil on canvas.

Alternatively, pick one of hundreds of designs and make it your own. There are easy to follow instructions so even if you don’t feel like an artist, you can create something to be proud of.

Hours of Operation:
March 13 – May 15, 2021
Saturdays, Noon-4:00pm (visit at your leisure during these hours)

  • Tickets are Non-Refundable. Ticket insurance is available for purchase.
  • Anyone entering will be required to purchase a painting.
  • Canvas, paint brushes and apron are provided.
  • Instructions will be provided along with an on-site artist to help bring your art to life.
  • The time noted is the opening time.  You may visit at your leisure between 12pm-4pm.
  • Event will take place at Ravello.

Spring-A-Long Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a scavenger hunt booklet at the dock of the Delta Riverboat Cruise and solve the clues throughout the hotel.

Once you complete the hunt, bring the completed booklet back to the dock for a prize.

Hours of Operation:
March 12 – May 16, 2021
10am – 8pm daily

Decorate cookies at the Water’s Edge Kids Zone area.

There is the choice of vanilla and chocolate cookies. Both come with icing and several types of sprinkles and candies to make the cookies your own.

Hours of Operation:
March 12 – May 16, 2021
Mon-Thurs 10am – 8pmFriday      4pm-10pm
Saturday  1pm-10pm
Sunday    10am-2pm

Delta Boat EGG-stra Fun Indoor Cruise

If you have taken a ride on the Delta river boat, enjoy a new experience with the EGG-stra fun cruise. Learn about the Delta’s history and spring flora along with fun facts about Easter. Count the Easter Eggs as you cruise and see if you can find them all. (Thursdays-Sundays, March 12 – April 4 only)

March 12 – April 12, 2021
Thursday – Saturday 8:30pm-10pm*
*sold in 1/2 hour time slots of 8:30pm, 9pm & 9:30pm

  • Tickets are Non-Refundable. Ticket insurance is available for purchase.
  • Children 3 and under are free with a paid adult.
  • Sales will end 30 minutes prior to closing time.
  • Delta Boat ride is approximately 12-14 minutes in length.
  • Please arrive at the time slot purchased.

Meet and Greet the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny is ready to visit with you and your family. If you go in the evening, the set up for pictures has twinkle light eggs, for a unique photo. Photo packages by DEI are available. (Thursdays-Sundays, March 12 – April 4 only)

There are even more ways to celebrate spring:

  • During a scenic Spring Riverboat Ride inside the 4.5-acre Delta atrium, learn about the resort’s incredible plant and fish life.
  • Let your inner kid blossom with games and trivia at the Spring Family Fun Zone.
  • Unwind at Color Between the Wines with colored pencils, coloring pages and wines from our featured cellar.
  • Hear the Story Behind the Song from talented Nashville songwriters.
  • Set sail aboard the mighty General Jackson Showboat for a midday lunch or evening dinner show, both including a live Broadway-style stage show 
  • Mother’s Day Brunch and other dining and cocktails offerings accenting the flavors of the season.
  • Spring-themed treatments at Relâche Spa.
  • Stroll the resort on a guided Green Leaf Tour to learn about the atrium’s unique species of plants.
  • The Bass-ment arcade with VR games, game tables, and a rock-climbing wall.

Free activities include:

Hydrobeats Delta Atrium Fountain Show

The fountain show happens nightly in the Delta atrium. My family is always entranced by the musical dancing fountains and light show.

This one showcases popular music from several decades. It is popular, so arrive a few minutes early so you get a good seat to watch the show. It lasts about 15 minutes.

Wildlife Rescue Experience presented by bubly™

This experience is fun for all ages. I think I actually had as much fun doing this as my 10 year old daughter.

Wildlife Rescue App at Gaylord Opryland

Find one of these signs and use the QR code to download the free wildlife rescue app. You can also use the links below:

Wildlife Rescue (Apple)

Wildlife Rescue (Droid)

Then follow the map inside the app to find and rescue the animals. Find the yellow spots on the ground and take a photo of them with the app.

It will then allow you to see the animal.

You can take photos of the animals alone or with your friends and family.

More Free Activities:

  •  Move, shake, dance and celebrate at a socially-distanced Hop-Along Dance Party.
  • Bedtime Bunny Tales from the comfort of your guest room.
  • Vibrant floral displays and décor throughout the resort.
  • Plus movie showingsBloomin’ Buddies Animal Encountersselfie spots and self-guided hotel tours.


Purchase tickets online in advance of your visit. Some events, such as the Paint Me a Fairytale stage show, have set times. Other activities such as the Spring-A-Long Scavenger Hunt, can be purchased and used anytime during the day of the purchased reservation.

You can bundle the activities with either a Gold or Platinum Spring Play and Save Pass and enjoy multiple activities and save on tickets.

Save 15% with the Gold Spring and Play Save Pass and bundle tickets to Paint Me a Fairytale, Delta Riverboat Ride and Sunshine and Sprinkles Cookie Decorating.

Save 30% with the Platinum Spring and Play Save Pass and bundle tickets to Paint Me a Fairytale, Delta Riverboat Ride, Spring-A-Long Scavenger Hunt and Sunshine and Sprinkles Cookie Decorating.

Find a day in the next few months to explore all the fun and beauty at Gaylord Opryland and Once Upon a Spring. Your family will thank you!

Gaylord Opryland

Address: 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

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Lauren is a transplant from Texas and has become a local tourist exploring the area with her two children. She loves to discover new places in Nashville to share with others.

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