If your only experience with Gaylord Opryland is during the Christmas season, you might be surprised to hear that there are actually family fun events happening all year long at Nashville’s most beautiful, botanical resort!
The Summer of More is the current theme at Opryland, and wow…does that hold true! They’ve got pirates. They’ve got princesses. They’ve got live performances and daily arts and crafts. Interactive indoor flatboat rides. Horse drawn carriages! An elaborately themed Escape Room. All of that is on top of their fabulous rooms, Soundwaves indoor/outdoor water park, multiple restaurants, arcade, and I’m sure there are things I’m forgetting!
In short…your family will not be bored.
Pirates & Princesses activities include:
Head to the Delta Riverboat Dock inside the Delta Atrium to retrieve your Scavenger Hunt booklet and crayons. Then spend some time following the compass signs placed throughout the resort to find the treasure chests that Princess Magnolia has hidden her treasures in to keep them safe from the pirates.
Once your booklet is complete, bring it back to the Riverboat Dock and collect your prize!
Location: Resort Wide
Schedule: Daily, at your leisure
Pricing: $12, inclusive, per booklet
Ok, I’ll admit…when this show first started I totally thought my 9 year old daughter and her best friend were going to kill me for bringing them to a show for younger kids. You know the kind. Where they sing, and interact with the audience, and ask the kids to do corresponding movements like real pirates and princesses?
To my surprise – I look over and these girls were having an absolute BLAST! I cannot tell you how much it warmed my heart to hear them belly laughing and dancing around like they were 5 years old again. It was seriously precious.
I can only imagine how much fun it would be for younger children! The actors do a fantastic job of interacting with the audience. I found myself smiling and laughing throughout the entire performance. Even if you have a child that doesn’t like to sit still – that will be no problem for this family friendly show!
Location: Level 0 under the bridge in Delta Atrium
Dates: May 21 – September 5, 2021
Schedule: Thursday – Sunday 2pm – 5:30pm
Pricing: $15, inclusive
Delta Riverboat Themed Adventures
No visit to Opryland is complete without a ride on the Delta Riverboat, and what better way to experience it than with a Pirate & Princess interactive story adventure right on the water! Keep your eyes peeled because there are pirates lurking around every corner!
There are two options for themed rides this season:
All Hand Hoy! Be part of the action as the blimey pirates and sword mistresses travel the Delta River. The bounty may not be your typical treasure, but it’ll be filled with magic and fun.
Location: Delta Riverboat Company, Delta Atrium
Dates: May 21 – September 4, 2021
Schedule: Thursday – Saturday, plus July 4th
Boarding begins at 9:20pm – 9:35pm
Pricing: $25 Inclusive, per person. Ages 3 and Under FREE
Legend has it that long ago a rare and priceless blue sapphire diamond was lost in the waters of the Cumberland River, never to be seen again. Climb aboard our flatboat and look for clues to help us find the diamond!
Dates: Daily, May 21 – September 6, 2021
Location: Delta Riverboat Company, Delta Atrium
Schedule: Tuesday-Sunday 7-9pm
Pricing: $18 Inclusive, per person. Ages 3 and Under FREE
Our family has done a couple escape rooms in the past, and I’d like to think that we’re a pretty smart bunch. If you’re looking for a challenge, maybe something for the teens in your group…this activity definitely shouldn’t be passed up! But honestly, the whole family, no matter the age will find something to do and a way to help “escape” the room.
The room was perfectly decorated. You feel completely immersed the minute you step foot inside. There’s a guide that stays in with you the whole time who (thankfully) will help you out if you get stuck on a puzzle for too long. He was so great with the kids in our group, finding lots of creative ways to get them involved.
The “room” is actually a very large event space, so no worries if you’re someone who gets claustrophobic and think you might not like something like this. The size of the room makes it accommodating for those in wheelchairs, as well, which is a wonderful bonus!
When you escape, don’t forget to take your victory photo and collect your reward!
Dates: May 21 – September 6, 2021
Schedule: Fridays – Sundays, 10am – 5pm
Memorial Day and Labor Day 10am – 5pm
*Each event begins on the hour
Pricing: Pricing varies based on party size
Tired of walking around? Grab a snack, a craft kit from the Delta Atrium and find a nice spot to sit, take in the beautiful sights, and put together a pirate hat, princess tiara, or one of the several other options to choose from!
Location: Delta Atrium
Schedule: May 21 – September 6, 2021
Sunday – Wednesday, 10am – 2pm; Thursday – Saturday, Noon – 10pm
Pricing: $10 inclusive per person
• Royal Carriage Rides
• Unleash your inner artist at Treasure Trove Art Studio
• Royal Afternoon Tea with Princess Magnolia
• Royal Spa Treatments at Relâche Spa
• Pirate themed adult beverages at Three Sheets Speakeasy
• Family Fun Zone
Wildlife Rescue – An Augmented Reality Experience presented by bubly™
Learn about endangered animals while exploring the resort atriums, all in the coolest way possible – through augmented reality via a free app you download to your phone! Just spot one of the animal signs located throughout the hotel, scan the QR code with your phone, download the app, and you’ll be on your way to collecting some truly awesome photos with your kids.
Fantasy & Folklore Atrium & Fountain Show
The Fountain Show is honestly great day OR night, but things get particularly fun after dark when the lights and music accompany the fountains for a hydro show of epic proportions!
The show happens nightly in the Delta Atrium, starting at 7, 8, & 9pm. It’s always a popular spot for both hotel guests, as well as those just visiting for the day to check out – so try to arrive a few minutes early so you can secure a good spot to watch from!
Explorer’s Animal Encounters
A special educational opportunity to interact with and learn about a variety of incredible creatures.
Location: Delta Fountian
Dates: May 21 – Sept 3, 2021
Schedule: Fridays 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Purchase tickets online in advance of your visit. Some events, such as the Princess Academy stage show, have set times. Other activities such as the Shiny Stash Treasure 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 Summer Play and Save Pass and enjoy multiple activities and save on tickets.
The Princess’s Shiny Stash Treasure Hunt, Lost Treasure Flatboat Voyage and Pirates & Princess Academy
The Princess’s Shiny Stash Treasure Hunt, Lost Treasure Flatboat Voyage, Pirates & Princess Academy and Royal Afternoon Tea.
Find a day in the next few months to explore all the Princess & Pirate fun at Gaylord Opryland. Your family will thank you!
Address: 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214