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“Not Worth the Price to Park”

Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens
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$69.00*
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Nashville Tour of Grand Ole Opry House and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Ranked #10 of 258 things to do in Nashville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center has earned an international reputation for its service and amenities but is equally well known for its nine acres of lavish indoor gardens. Boasting 50,000 tropical plants, rare international blooms and romantic Southern species, the horticultural displays at Gaylord Opryland are among the most exquisite in the world. Meticulously selected and lovingly maintained by a staff of 20 full-time interior horticulturists, the landscaping is a colorful, year-round paradise tucked inside this amazing resort. Each of the gardens is housed under one of the hotel's soaring atriums, creating a series of breathtaking horticultural wonderlands. An elaborate climate-control system keeps the temperature at 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit year round. Relative humidity stays around 55 percent most of the time. There is also an air exchange system to ensure air in the atriums does not become stale. The system exchanges air four times in a 24-hour period. The Garden Conservatory features a collection of 10,000 tropical plants, representing more than 215 species. Towering palms and banana trees rise 60 feet above the atrium floor. In all, there are 37 different families of trees represented, including ficus, banana trees, palms and a sampling of miniature orange trees. In August 1982, months before opening, a staff of 10 began landscaping the Garden Conservatory, which was at that time one of the largest facilities of its kind in a single, glass-topped room in the world. Many of the taller plants were put in place before construction was completed, in advance of installing the thousands of flowers that add color and texture to the majestic space. It took staff 3 months to install the gardens of the Garden Conservatory Atrium. A precise drip-irrigation system was developed that allows many plants to be watered slowly over the course of several hours. The soil is a special mixture of pine, peat and cypress bark solelite developed specifically for the environment. For the Cascades Atrium, dozens of Florida nurseries were visited before staff selected more than 8200 tropical ornamental plants representing 449 species. Plant varieties range from an Alexandria palm tree towering more than 40 feet high to six-foot-tall ginger bushes and jasminum vines. Sunlight levels are higher in the Cascades than in the Garden Conservatory, providing a sustainable environment for different plant varieties. Beyond the Cascades is the Delta Atrium, an amazing indoor garden with a subtropical feeling. Even though it is an indoor environment, 370 trees and palms--between 20- and 40-feet tall--share space with thousands of smaller plants. To create the appearance of the outdoors, black olive trees and West Indian mahoganies were chosen for their resemblance to oaks. Unlike oaks, they do not shed their leaves. And in true Southern tradition, Spanish moss trails from their imposing branches. Design of the Delta's gardens began two years before the Delta's opening in June 1996. Most of the plants originated in Florida. It took 32 tractor trailers to transport them to their new home in the protected environment of the Delta Atrium. The Delta is a true garden of the South with 120 sabal palms, tall lady palms, camellias, banana trees and cycads. Primary hedging plants are ever-blooming gardenia and camellias pittosporum (both green and variegated). There are 1500 plants representing 30 varieties of camellias in the Delta. Two 40-foot-tall Magnolia grandiflora (Southern magnolias) accent the front of the Delta Mansion. ABOUT GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., is the largest non-gaming hotel facility in the continental United States and the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels. The newly-renovated resort features nearly 3,000 guest rooms and more than 700,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibit space.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We visited the Opryland Hotel at Christmas to see the lights a couple of days after Christmas. Getting into the hotel was a madhouse. Inside, we could barely move with all the crowds. We looked at the pictures of the lights online and if you look at the online you've pretty much seen it all. We paid our $20 plus tax to park and felt kind of ripped off.

1  Thank Fairways250
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Walking through the gardens with the holiday decor and the gorgeous floral display was truly awesome!! Spotting the Grinch was an added benefit--we have lunch overlooking the gardens and watching the canal boats come through!!

1  Thank Dottie S
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

With my wife and I being photographers we loved walking through the gardens and taking photos of all the live plants and waterfalls. It was cool to see the river through the hotel which was made up off many riverways through out the US.

Thank Joe W
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Enjoyed walking through seeing all the gardens and waterfalls. Very crowded with people some nice and some not so nice. Beautiful at night with all the Christmas lights. We will defiantly be back.

Thank Calicorock
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

After all the grand reviews, I decided to drive from downtown Nashville to see the indoor gardens. It seemed like a reasonable activity for a very cold December night. I'm not sorry to have gone, but I do think it's overrated. The gardens are impressive, and the Christmas light display was lovely, but it seems a bit too much like Disneyland for adults. The clincher was the little boat -- full of people -- cruising down the fake stream in the fake jungle. Kids would probably love it, but otherwise, it's not really worth the $23 it costs to park a car (yes -- $20 plus sales tax). And if you want any food or drink while there, be ready to pay up, as a cup of coffee could set you back four bucks. For me, this was a "been there, done that" sort of experience.

Thank Reefwatcher
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