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8 Family Things to Do in Nashville, TN + Gaylord Opryland 2 Night Stay & SoundWaves Giveaway!!

8 Family Things to Do in Nashville, TN, featured by top US travel blog, Walking in Memphis in High Heels

Happy Monday! I am SO excited about today’s post because we just love Nashville! It is only 3 hours away from Memphis, so it’s been a great vacation destination for Leighton and I for years.

We have been going to Nashville for as long as I can remember, and the same goes for Gaylord Opryland too! It has been so fun to bring Leighton each year since she was born so she can experience all the fun! And now there is even more fun to be had!

In case you didn’t know it, Gaylord Opryland opened its first indoor/outdoor upscale water attraction last year. It is 4 acres and is HUGE! It has everything from lazy rivers to a wave pool to 11 water slides and more. It is perfect not just for kids but the entire family. They even have adults-only areas.

Me, Leighton, my mom, sister and my niece finally got to check it out a couple of weeks ago, and let me tell you, it is amazing! There is SO much to do there! Leighton’s favorite things were the lazy rivers and the kids slide/play area inside. Even when it was raining and cloudy outside, we still got to have plenty of fun indoors at the water attraction!

In addition to SoundWaves, there are so many amazing things that Nashville has to offer. You might remember me sharing my favorite things to do in Nashville in the winter here and fall here, but today’s post is all about the kid friendly things to do this summer. = ) Check them out and schedule your Nashville summer vacation before the kids are back in school. = )

P.S. Keep reading below to enter to win a 2 night stay at Gaylord Opryland and 4 SoundWaves passes!

Top 8 Family Things to Do in Nashville TN:

1.) Watch a show at Nashville Children’s Theatre.

2.) Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

3.) Visit the Nashville Zoo.

4.) Discover more about science and our world at Adventure Science Center.

5.) Have a picnic at the Fannie Mae Dees Park.

6.) Listen to some live music and learn to line dance at Wildhorse Saloon.

7.) Eat at Aquarium Restaurant.

8.) Slide, splash and float at SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland.

I’m so excited to be teaming up with Gaylord Opryland again to give away a 2 night stay to the hotel and 4 SoundWaves passes. To enter, just use the rafflecopter widget below and good luck!

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  1. Kim

    The Gaylord looks amazing and the addition of the waterpark is amazing!


    • Carrie

      I was engaged at the hotel (years ago!) and would love to take my kids to the new water park! Looks amazing!

  2. Mandy

    I can’t wait to check out the water park!

    • Emilie

      Would be amazing to take my kids

  3. Ashley Bree

    I like this one:
    Gaylord Opryland

  4. Ashley Bree

    This would be so amazing to win! 🙂

  5. Vickie

    I love Gaylord Opryland!!!! So fun!

    • Tiffany

      I havent been here in years!! The last time was when Opryland was still around!! Would love to spend a weekend here with the hubby for a weekend getaway!!

    • Kim

      Nashville is a favorite for our family! Can’t wait to go try Soundwaves out with our little one!

    • Kristen

      Great blog…you hit all the right family spots in nashville!

  6. Angela F

    Oh this looks like so much fun!!

    • Kathryn

      This is everything I love about Nashville!

      • D

        The Gaylord would be the perfect weekend getaway!

  7. Laura

    This looks awesome, would love to visit the water park!

  8. Amy Doerfler

    We have gone to Opryland hotel most of our lives-to see Christmas lights, conventions and to just walk around! So excited for the water park.

  9. Bob

    Enjoy the landscape around opryland Soundwaves!

    • Candace

      It looks like y’all had the best time!💓 I loved trips with your momma and sister way back when!🤣

  10. Stephanie

    I’ve been seriously considering a trip to Nashville recently. It’s good to know that there’s so much to do and enjoy there!

  11. Colleen H

    We LOVE going to Opryland Hotel already but we are SO excited to check out Soundwaves!!!

  12. Kaela Tripp

    OMG I COULD’NT BELIEVE WHEN I SAW YOUR BLOG POST! My husband and I are living in Memphis for the Summer and are trying to plan a getaway to Nashville with some friends before we move! We have seen you post about the Gaylord resort but have only dreamed of going!! This would be amazing! The Gaylord Resort seems like the most perfect getaway & it looks so fun! Thank you for this post. 🙂

  13. Christina Bardos

    We love Nashville! Such a wonderful city.

  14. Christy Peeples DuBois

    I would be excited about every aspect of the stay.

  15. Dawn

    We’ve been eyeing this place! Would love to see my kids faces when they walk in!

  16. Dawn

    We’ve been eyeing this place for a while! Would love to see the reaction from my kids as they take it all in ❤️

  17. Elisha Jerry

    The water park!!

  18. Kileen

    Wow, this looks absolutely incredible!! Looks like so much fun for the whole family. Definitely need to check it out someday.


  19. Holly Johnson

    We live in Bowling Green, KY, just an hour north. Gaylord Opryland is a family friendly location with so much to offer. Our family of 5 would love to experience this special place.

  20. Melanie Tweedie

    We LOVE Nashville, and a trip to the Gaylord Opryland is on our bucket list. As a single mom of 3, this trip would be a dream!

  21. Katherine S

    My cousin just moved to Nashville and we have never been so this would be so much fun to take our kids there. The hotel looks amazing. My husband has been wanting to go to Nashville because he has heard the food like Memphis is amazing.

  22. Robert

    My kids would love Soundwaves. Finally they all love the water. This would a great getaway for our family

  23. Liz

    My boys would love this waterpark! We have only done a quick overnight stop in Nashville before, but I would love to take a longer trip to explore the city more!

  24. Rachel

    Looks like a great weekend getaway! Thanks for sharing!!!

  25. Carol

    I love Gaylord Opryland!!! I cant wait to visit the new Soundwaves!

    • Kaitlyn Shirley

      I have been so pumped about this!!

  26. Amy Goudy

    Our little girl loves the water- we can’t wait to play!

    • Christa Curtis

      What I’m looking forward to most about SoundWaves is that epic lazy river 😍😍😍

  27. Liz Ticona

    Looks fun , clean & safe. I’ve never been able to take my kids to a waterpark so i’d love to try that one someday

  28. Tiffany

    I havent been here in years!! The last time was when Opryland was still around!! Would love to spend a weekend here with the hubby for a weekend getaway!!

  29. Alexandra Stephens

    Splashing around in the water to stay cool whatever the weather!

  30. Reina B.

    How fun! I love Nashville! Had no idea the water park was open yet. Can’t wait to take my kiddos!

  31. Alissa Roebuck

    We cannot wait to try the waterpark! It looks so much fun!

  32. Theresa

    Soundwaves for sure! It looks like so much fun!!

  33. Angela Williams

    The cove and lazy river looks amazing at the waterpark.

  34. Clair

    Love Nashville! Need to try out the new water park!

  35. Tina Lee

    Our family loves to visit the Gaylord especially during the Holidays and Ice!

  36. Sarah Lindner

    you have such a beautiful happy family!

    xoxo Sarah

  37. Rindi

    My son would have a blast in the toddler section at the waterpark! I would love to take him for his upcoming birthday! So fun!

  38. Cathy

    This place looks like so much fun! We will have to check it out next time we visit!


  39. Tiffany

    This would be wonderful!! I havent been here in years!!!

  40. Wanda Scott

    We love the Opryland Hotel!! So much to do…great food, entertainment and spectacular views!! Once you are there, you really do not need to leave the property to have a fantastic time!!

  41. Gina

    I want to go to Soundwaves! ❤️ Gaylord Opryland!

  42. Kristin W

    I’m excited about the lazy river and all of the slides! When my son finds out about this place he’s going to want to go so bad. I follow on insta @marley_kristin

  43. Caitlin

    I love visiting Opryland at Christmastime! Great post!

  44. Crystal

    This would be such a blessing for our family!!

  45. Brittany Millsaps

    We love Opryland and would love to have a fun family trip there!

  46. Nancy W

    Great ideas! Nashville is a fun place with kids. We can’t wait to visit soundwaves

  47. Azanique S Rawl

    Okay, this place looks amazing! I had no idea this opened in Nashville. I also love the zoo there 🙂

    -xo, Azanique |

  48. Holly

    Amazing hotel! My daughter would love this!

  49. Sara D

    SoundWaves looks amazing!

  50. Niki boyd

    Oh my! This all looks so fun, it’s hard to choose what I’m most excited about. Hmm, I think I’m most excited about it being only hours away from Memphis!

  51. Christy Al-Zubaidi

    This looks amazing! So excited to have a wonderful water park like this in Nashville!! 🤞🏼 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

  52. Olivia

    We took a quick but wonderful trip to the Gaylord hotel 3 years ago. I would love to take my daughter to the new water park. Looks amazing.

  53. Heather Williams

    Looks amazing!!

  54. jasmine elias boswell

    what fun tips!! i love nashville!! i’ll have to bookmark these for my next trip! 🙂

  55. Ande

    I want to visit the spa! 😀

  56. Ada S

    I live in Nashville and going to Soundwaves is one thing I’m looking forward to. Opryland is the ultimate staycation!!

  57. Stephanie

    Dying to take my kiddos! Looks like a blast!

  58. Stephanie Blackard

    It looks so beautiful and the water park looks soooo fun!

  59. Luz Vazquez

    Beautiful pictures! I visited the Gaylord last year before the water park opened and was mesmerized by their indoor garden and the the beauty of the place. Can not wait to be back with the kids to enjoy the water park!

  60. Lizzie

    Wow this sounds like so much fun!! What an amazing place to take the family!


  61. Sarah Moske

    It’s so nice just to
    Disconnect fir a while! Looks like y’all had a great stay!!

  62. Amy Bradford

    Would SO LOVE to win this for my daughter’s birthday!❤️

  63. Stacey Parker

    Looking forward to relaxing with my children at Soundwaves! They will be grown and gone so fast, need to slow down and just be for a few days!

  64. Mindy Chipkevich

    I’ve been wanting to go to soundwaves since it opened! This would be a great opportunity to take my daughters for a fun outting before they start Kindergarten and 2nd grade!

  65. Lauren

    I would love to go to SoundWaves! It looks like so much fun!

  66. Rachel Brown

    Looks like so much fun! Hope I win

  67. Jordyn

    This looks like so much fun! I absolutely love the Gaylord!

  68. Rebecca

    Oh my gosh i had no idea this was in Nashville! How fun!!!

  69. Michelle S

    Soundwaves looks amazing! My daughter would love to climb the rock wall then jump in the pool!! How cool is that!

  70. Cassie B

    We are dying to take the kids there! What an awesome giveaway!

  71. Joey

    Looks like an amazing place!

  72. Brianna Mortimer

    I have been literally dying to take my family to sound waves. Water is all of our favorite thing and we are missing the east coast dearly. We want/need some good unplugged family time! Good luck to all! Xo!

  73. Treia

    The Gaylord Opryland has 18 restaurants and what can I say…A girl loves to eat! And that Indoor/Outdoor adults only area sounds like complete R E L A X A T I O N!

  74. Sarah

    I would love to check out the new water park!

  75. Amy

    I love love Nashville and have been trying to find a weekend to head to the Gaylord!

  76. Emily

    Staying away for a couple night ! 🙌🏻

  77. Hien

    The lazy river! We have 3 kids under 5 and my husband and I would love to take our family before he gets deployed!

  78. Tara Peterson

    The water park looks amazing!!! I know for sure that my kids would absolutely love it!!! We took them to the GWL in Lagrange for Spring Break and they had a blast. They’d have so much fun at this water park!

  79. Angela

    This will be the perfect getaway for this teacher! I would love to take the family and be able to relax we want before we go back to school

  80. Lisa Flanders

    My “baby” leaves for college in August. It would be a blessing to spend a couple of days in Nashville and get to play at the water park with him!!

  81. Marlene

    Oh my goodness this place looks so fun! What a great giveaway too.

  82. Tiffany Johns

    This would be such an amazing opportunity for my two kids! Can’t wait to see!

  83. Sarah Fleenor

    I wanna do it all

  84. Shari Roaten

    What a gorgeous family friend location to stay & have fun! And So close to the other best place to visit, The Grand Ole Opry!

  85. Carly

    It looks so beautiful! We can’t wait to visit too!

  86. Karen

    We are most excited about visiting the Soundwaves! Our kids can’t wait to visit again. The last time we visited Gaylord Opryland was before the Soundwaves was put in. Looks like so much fun!!!

  87. Ashley

    Sound waves is what im excited about

  88. Andrew

    SoundWaves looks like the perfect getaway

  89. Jamie

    Looks like a ton of fun!

  90. Laura Adney

    What a fun list of family friendly things to do in Nashville! Definitely pinning this for when we plan a trip!

    xo, Laura

  91. Rachel Bradford

    Always looking for fun, new places to take my children.

  92. Stephanie O'Day

    I live just south of Nashville, and we’ve yet to stay at Gaylord Opryland. The waterpark looks amazing, and we’ve been talking about going since before it even opened!

  93. Cindy Cogbill

    This is such a great idea for a giveaway. I have been checking out their site to take our 18 month old water baby. We vacation in between my seasons.

  94. ken ohl

    my little niece would love the water parks

  95. Kate

    We have not been to Nashville. Soundwaves looks like so much fun

  96. charlotte

    I have never been to either place before, so I am excited about just going there and checking it out!

  97. Heidi

    Love the new Waterpark feature! My girls would have such a blast on the lazy river. Definitely makes a family getaway to Nashville a no brainer

  98. Alice F

    I am excited about the Soundwaves. So much to do in Nashville.

  99. Stephanie Ann

    both sound amazing but i’d have to pick the SoundWaves!

  100. Vikki p

    I’ve stayed at the Gaylord Opryland before and excited to see the new waterpark addition

  101. Amy Cooley

    I’ve visited the hotel and done a walk- through of their beautiful gardens. I loved the tropical feel. I’ve always wanted to go back and stay at the hotel, especially since they opened the water park. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  102. Tina m

    I can’t wait to check out the water park with my boy .

  103. Janessa

    I’m hoping we get to check this place out this fall!! It’s been forever since I’ve been to the hotel

  104. Paula Gillespie

    Sound Waves Body Slides is what I am most excited about. I would love to take my daughter. Thanks for the chance!

  105. Mi Webber

    I’m most excited about Gaylord Opryland.

  106. beth minton

    I would love to have the pleasure to visit Gaylord Opryland hotel! Have never been but if I won I would cross this one off my bucket list! <3

  107. Andrea Darst

    I’m most excited to explore the area and relax on a mini vacation!

  108. Ashley Bender

    I’d love to bring my husband and our 4 year old daughter to the Gaylord!!

  109. Kori

    We live in Memphis and hope to visit the water park soon!

  110. Melissa

    Zoe would have tons of fun!

  111. Nancy

    These are both so great! I’d be most excited about staying at the Gaylord Opryland.

  112. Tracy Suzanne DeLoach

    It’s been at least 19 years since we’ve been to Opryland and it would be so fun to see how much it’s changed. I’m most looking forward to to Soundwaves Lazy River.

  113. Joan

    I am most excited for the location and amenities of Gaylord Opryland. It looks like the perfect “home base” for a trip to Nashville!

  114. Helen

    I love the lazy river, but the slides and the wave pool would be just as fun.

  115. Kristina

    Wow- this looks like a great place to bring the kids. I’ve never been to Nashville but always hear great things!

  116. Elizabeth Miller

    We have never been here but started looking into it about a year ago of places we want to go. We would absolutely love the Soundwaves Park as a family. The water slides look amazing and Up Tempo Rapids River is right up my alley with the kids. I love that it has the Quarter Note Cove for little ones and the Half Note Cove for a little older kids so that I would feel better about where my kids may be if I cam not right with one of them. The Down Tempo Lazy River is just what my husband needs to learn to unwind a little bit and take a breather. The hotel itself looks beautiful.

  117. Lauren Anastasi

    I would love to have some R&R time with my family!


    I would love to go to Soundwaves! My sister is expecting, and lives about 35 mins from Nashville. I would love to visit her!

  119. Rita Hudgins

    I would LOVE love love to experience this in Nashville!!! Dream come true!!!!😍

  120. Kathleen Burk

    Always love the Gaylord for a quick family get away! So fun and so relaxing!

  121. Kathy s

    The laxy river would be fun with my 1 year old and my older kids would love the slides.

  122. Kathy s

    The laxy river would be fun with my 1 year old and my older kids would love the slides. Looks like so much fun. We have never been.

  123. Elisabeth

    My son is REALLY into water right now, so I’d definitely look forward to the Soundwaves!

  124. Traci A

    Soundwaves, sounds like so much fun!

  125. Maggie

    Thank you! Great tips- hard to find this vacation mix from a real perspective that had family and adult time!

  126. Erin

    I stayed at the Gaylord Resort in Orlando in May and it was wonderful. I’d love to stay at the TN resort.

  127. Michelle L.

    I think the most exciting thing would be eating at the Aquarium and watching the Mystic Mermaids swim in the water…I would LOVE to see that and ask them about their job…a job that seems really cool!!!

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