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April 16, 2024

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Gaylord Opryland Celebrates Spring with Events for Kids

The resort hosts its annual spring event with activities for the whole family this March.

There’s a lot to celebrate at Gaylord Opryland Resort this spring. The family friendly destination rings in the season with a host of Once Upon A Spring special events on weekends plus select spring break weekdays.

In addition, there’s tons of fun be had all year round, including lush garden atriums, delicious dining options and an upscale aquatic experience with water slides, a rapid river, a lazy river, adult-only pools and multi-level play structures.

Gaylord Opryland Spring

Gaylord Opryland Resort’s annual Once Upon A Spring event takes place weekends from March 5 to May 8, in addition to weekdays March 21 – 24 & March 28 – 31. The resort will have spring-themed boat rides, sweet treats to decorate (and eat!), an Easter Bunny meet & greet, and more.

Here’s a look at events and activities in the springtime spotlight:

Paint Me a Fairytale

This interactive painting extravaganza and storytelling adventure brings classic fairytales to life. Guests are drawn into magic as Mother Goose herself helps kids of all ages paint storybook favorites.

Spring-A-Long Scavenger Hunt 

Search high and low for clues throughout the resort to solve this spring-inspired scavenger hunt and receive a prize.

Delta Boat EGG-stra Fun Cruise

Hop aboard this evening riverboat ride where guests search for larger-than-life Easter eggs while cruising down the scenic river inside the resort’s Delta atrium.

Bloomin’ Boat Ride

Guests can take an evening riverboat ride down the scenic river winding through the resort’s beautiful 4.5-acre Delta Atrium. Guests will marvel at the natural beauty and spring blooms while learning about the resort’s tropical plants and fish.

Spring Riverboat Ride

This spring-inspired daytime cruise takes guests down the Delta Atrium’s winding river surrounded by tropical plants and extraordinary scenery.

Spring Family Fun Zone

There is a ton of fun to look forward to at the Spring Family Fun Zone with activities like cookie decorating and other crafty projects and games.

Sunshine and Sprinkles Cookie Decorating

Guests can bring creativity to life while indulging in some sweet treats with a fun cookie decorating activity.

Easter Bunny Meet & Greet

The Easter Bunny has checked in to Gaylord Opryland and guests are welcome to hop by this fun meet-and-greet to capture a special moment and take a picture with everyone’s favorite furry friend. Photo packages available.

Hydrobeats Delta Atrium & Fountain Show

Marvel at mesmerizing fountain shows taking place in the resort’s Delta atrium, which incorporate water, music, and lights.

Spring Along Dance Party

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Delta Atrium to celebrate the start of spring with a lively dance party.

Wildlife Rescue – An Augmented Reality Experience presented by bubly™

This virtual adventure highlights indigenous animals and, with the magic of augmented reality, brings them to life before your eyes.

Animal Encounters

Guests can enjoy up-close encounters during a special educational opportunity to interact with and learn about a variety of incredible creatures and their unique personalities.

Spring Selfie Spots

Guests can shoot their shot with a self-guided selfie tour incorporating various spring-inspired backdrops.

Spring Horticultural Trek

Perfect for those with a green thumb, this self-guided tour is a great way to learn about the resort’s extraordinary flora and tropical plants in its three atriums.

Bedtime Bunny Tales

The whole family can enjoy nightly bedtime stories in the comfort of their own rooms.

Spring Carriage Rides

Private horse-drawn carriage rides take guests on an adventure around the resort’s beautiful outdoor areas.

Spring Spa Treatments

Guests can indulge in relaxing seasonal treatments at Relâche Spa for the ultimate Springtime rejuvenation.

General Jackson Showboat

Hop aboard Nashville’s famous 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat for a scenic springtime day or evening cruise down the Cumberland River. Guests can look forward to a delightful Southern meal and world-class live musical performances.

Make a Splash

In addition to the special events presented as part of Once Upon A Spring, a highlight to any visit at Gaylord Opryland Resort is SoundWaves. Open year-round, the upscale aquatic attraction offers an 84- degree indoor oasis of 110,000 square-feet that allows guests to soak in the sun during any season. Surf on Nashville’s only FlowRider®, take a plunge off a suspensful waterslide, zip through the currents of a rapid river and more. Additionally, the water attraction features an arcade with virtual reality games, a rock climbing wall, game tables and more. For the only guaranteed access to the water attraction, seasonal specials and Tennessee resident packages are available at

Year-Round Fun

In case of spring showers, guests will find all sorts of fun activities throughout the resort’s three indoor garden atriums. In addition to the special events, activities and décor for Once Upon A Spring, guests can take a relaxing stroll through nine acres of tropical plants, flowers, waterfalls, rivers and other wildlife.

Packages and Tickets

Gaylord Opryland is offering a Spring It On Package which includes room accommodations, Spring-ALong Scavenger Hunt booklet and a cookie decorating kit. The package is offered weekends only from March 5 through May 8, plus weekdays March 21 – 24 & March 28 – 31, with rates starting at $329.00++. For information and to reserve packages and tickets for Once Upon A Spring events, visit

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.