on April 11, 2007
The Grand Ole Opry is one of my favorite places to visit while in Nashville.On the Saturday before Easter, we attended the Opry for the second time. The headliners were Taylor Swift, Allison Krauss, Bucky Covington, and Emerson Drive.The Opry is an experience like no other. There are generally about 16-20 performances, broken up into four acts. Each act is hosted by a different host. There are also commercial breaks at the beginning of each act, which are by various sponsors. Cracker Barrel is a main sponsor of the Opry.Prices are in the $40-$60 range for most seats. There are stands in the lobby where you can buy beer and basic food like the famed "Opry Dog" or nachos for standard ballpark prices (around $4-$6).Close parking can be hard to come by at the early show, but if you attend the 9:30 show, it is a bit easier. Wear walking shoes in case you end up at the far side of the lot. Since the Opry is almost adjacent to the huge Opry Mills Mall, you are fighting for spaces with moviegoers and shoppers alike. The good thing is that parking is free!Attire ranges from jeans and cowboy hats to your Sunday best. Rest assured that how you dress during the day will be just fine. The rule of thumb is that "you have to wear something."Overall impression: The Opry is great for kids of all ages. Whether you are enjoying a classic folk song sung by one of the Opry legends or a popular country song you have probably heard on the radio, the Opry is a great venue to hear it all. I highly recommend everyone go to the Opry at least once in their lifetime.
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