It's 84 degrees in there, y'all, so let's go to Nashville and take a holiday dip.

By Valerie Fraser Luesse
tennessee opryland soundwaves water attraction
It's 84 degrees in there, y'all, so let's go to Nashville and take a holiday dip.
| Credit: SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

If you're one of those Southerners who's ready for summer the minute you open your last Christmas present, have we got a great spot for your next long weekend.

Billed as the "first upscale indoor/outdoor water attraction" in the U.S., SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center opened in December 2018. SoundWaves is basically a hotel package you can add onto your room for a fee, so access is available only to guests of the resort who book the SoundWaves Experience. You can enjoy the year-round indoor attractions now, with seasonal outdoor features coming in summer 2019.

As Nashville waterparks go—correction, as American waterparks go—this one's a gamechanger. SoundWaves covers 4 acres, with 111,000 square feet of indoor fun and 106,000 square feet outside. It includes adults-only recreation zones and pools, along with bars and lounge areas for the grown-ups, plus a range of dining options to accommodate adults or families traveling with children.

So what exactly can you do there? Zoom down waterslides, go indoor surfing, float rapid and lazy rivers, go rock climbing in the activity pool . . . or rent a private cabana and take a nap.

"This is the nation's first truly upscale indoor/outdoor resort water experience, and we believe our guess will be delighted by the attention to detail, modern design, and exclusivity SoundWaves offers," said John Adams, VP and market general manager of Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center & Attractions.

By providing complimentary shuttle service to downtown Nashville, SoundWaves hopes to give guests the best of both worlds—honky-tonkin' and chillin'.

Coming soon are the seasonal outdoor attractions, which include a 315,000-gallon wave pool with a ginormous movie screen, a kids' pool with play area, and an outdoor adult pool (with adult beverages).

This heads up: SoundWaves doesn't offer rainchecks or refunds. While outdoor attractions will be temporarily closed during inclement weather, indoor recreation will remain open unless extreme weather (such as a tornado warning) forces closure. You can get answers to most of your questions from the resort's Q&A here.

Gaylord Opryland is limiting the number of guests allowed at one time to prevent overcrowding and ensure a relaxing experience, so if you try to book online and don't see SoundWaves offered, that probably means the pools have all the cannon ballers they can handle. Give the resort a call at 615-889-1000 to see what arrangements can be made.

Surf's up!

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