on May 9, 2007
We really didn't want to see a show at the Opry since we don't care for country music and the shows would start too late for the kids. On the other hand, how can you go to Nashville and not see the Grand Ole Opry?Luckily for us there are four large areas inside the hotel filled with gardens which include waterfalls and even a river with a boat. Everything was just gorgeous. We managed to make it through three of the four areas before heading back to the resort for lunch. (We missed the Magnolias room.) The only fee associated with walking around the gardens is the parking fee which ended up just over $13 with taxes. It's hard to pick which area is the best but overall our favorite seemed to be the room where there were several dining options and beautiful tall waterfalls which you can even walk behind. We spent quite a bit of time on several levels within that atrium. There were just so many tucked away places that would be great for reading and other great spots to socialize. Though I think pictures turned out great, there is nothing better than the real thing.Okay, so what are the downsides? #1 - Taking a stroller somewhere has never been such a pain! There are stairs all over the place and you can't get to some of the areas without them. While we were leaving we helped out someone in a wheelchair and she was frustrated by the whole experience. What a shame! #2 - After awhile the youngest was very bored except for whenever we found the next waterfall. Our kids love walking around outside to look at our garden but that takes all of 5 to 10 minutes. #3 - They are redoing some of the shopping areas and I believe adding dining to the room with the river so it was very loud in certain areas of that garden.I would definitely go back but I plan to bring more snacks and take more stops because there is no way I'd bring a stroller through it again! Even if you aren't a huge nature lover, there is no doubt that the sheer size and planning put into the ambience will impress anyone.
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