Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
2802 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Grand Ole Opry Description
Best known as the longest-running radio show in America, and a country music staple since 1925, today the Grand Old Opry is an entire entertainment complex dedicated to the traditions of country music. Of course the best way to get a feel for the Opry is to take in a show: previous performers are the who's-who of country music. Most meaningful to the kids are today's rising stars, many of them American Idol alums like Carrie Underwood and Kelly Pickler, but the variety show atmosphere of the live radio show is really fun, too. The Grand Ole Opry plans to welcome back country fans to its site on Oct. 1 after undergoing a $17 million renovation and clean-up after the Nashville floods. As a result, shows have been relocated to several local venues including Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium, the Ryman Auditorium and Nashville's Two Rivers Baptist Church.
Live Music Venue
Toddlers & Pre-K: If possible, try the shorter, earlier shows on weekend nights.
School-Age Kids: Try a country show, preferably with a younger artist like Carrie Underwood or one with dancing, like the Opry Square Dancers.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Kids this age will get a kick out of seeing where today's top country stars got their start.
- Buy tickets in advance. There are several shows a night at the various theaters, but if you wish to see a big name performer on a weekend night, it's a good idea to purchase tickets before your trip.
- Take a backstage tour. It's a must if you're in town during the week, when they're offered.
Just the Facts
Hours: Vary per concert schedule; check the website.
Recommended Time: 1 to 2 hours