Have you ever gone to Gaylord Opryland Hotel for any reason other than to walk around underneath the spectacular array of Christmas lights and decor? Yeah, me neither. However, now you might have to turn your annual trip into a semi-annual trek into Nashville. This is because the hotel has just opened its brand new $90 million indoor and outdoor water park for guests of all ages to enjoy.
It’s called SoundWaves, and this 217,000 square foot water park wonderland has over 15 rides and attractions to suit all of your water-themed needs. You can swim whether rain or shine (or snow), as this indoor/outdoor park is open year-round, and the temperature inside is always set at a comfortable 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
The park also has its own dining area, food trucks and a bar for adults on the highest level of the three that the water park expands to.
Just like the rest of the hotel, the park area is covered top to bottom with living walls and plant beds, so the pleasant scenery and aesthetic of the hotel are not absent in this new addition.
For the kids, the Quarter Note Cove splash pool and the Half Note Cove play structure are waiting to be explored. For stronger swimmers, the Tidal Track Wave Pool can provide entertainment for hours with its giant LED screen.
For the adults, there are plenty of areas to sunbathe and relax - even in the winter - because of the unique glass roof feature, as well as the Diamond Pool - a flat water pool area for ages 18 and up. Or, you can float peacefully along the Down Tempo Lazy River.
For the adults who want to be kids again, there are vertical flume drops like the Beat Drop and the Bass Drop. There is also the Groovin’ Lagoon Activity Pool which features a rock wall, lily pad walk, basketball hoop and a 30-foot water curtain.
The water park also has plenty of slides to embark on with and without inner tubes, like the Rapid Remix™, complete with LED lights and speakers that blast music to give the rider the best experience possible. In addition, the park houses Crowd Surfer, which is the only double FlowRider found in Nashville where two people can surf at once.
Life jackets, inner tubes, towels and lockers/changing facilities are provided for guests, and there will always be a lifeguard trained in CPR and First Aid on duty.
Food and drink are not permitted in the water park, but this, along with sunscreen, can be purchased at the resort. Swimwear and flip flops or water shoes are also required.
Only guests who select the SoundWaves Water Experience overnight package can have access to this water park so that the park is not overcrowded. According to the hotel’s website, guests who do this will receive “admission to SoundWaves; exclusive check in at the Magnolia Lobby; early access to SoundWaves on the day of arrival; baggage storage upon early arrival; and daily hotel shuttle transportation to and from downtown Nashville via your SoundWaves wristband.”
So grab your family and friends and book a weekend at Gaylord Opryland Hotel for a unique year-round experience.