Summer of More at Gaylord Opryland

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:

The Shiny Stash Treasure Hunt

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

Pirate & Princess Academy

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:

Battle for the Blue Diamond Boat Ride

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

Lost Treasure Flatboat Voyage

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

The Captain’s Hidden Treasure Escape Room

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!

Family picture after escaping the escape room at the Summer of More at Gaylord Opryland

Location: Findley’s

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

Coffer Crafts

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

More Activities

• 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

Free Activities

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

Pricing: Free

Tickets to the Summer of More

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.

Save 15%, GOLD Summer Play & Save Pass

The Princess’s Shiny Stash Treasure Hunt, Lost Treasure Flatboat Voyage and Pirates & Princess Academy

Save 30%, PLATINUM Summer Play & Save Pass

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!

Gaylord Opryland

Address: 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

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Crystal was born and raised, and now raising a family of her own in Middle Tennessee. She currently lives in Murfreesboro with her husband Glenn, and their three children; Hunter, Grayson, and Hailey. They are an unschooling family, meaning they spend lots and lots of time out and about exploring all that this area has to offer!

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