Nashville Recovering But Opryland Hit Hard by Floods

The Gaylord Opryland Resort has been hit hard by the floods that impacted Nashville and mid Tennessee and is notifying guests with reservations on the books in the next 90 days that the iconic hotel is closed.

During the last 48 hours, Middle Tennessee experienced a historic series of storms that resulted in record rainfall and now widespread flooding. Gaylord Opryland Resort, which sits adjacent to the Cumberland River experienced flood conditions in the early hours of Monday, May 3. The river rose to levels that have not been seen in Nashville for the last 50 years as the water breached the levees, the hotel said.

“By the end of this month, we hope to have completed a preliminary assessment of the current situation, and will have more detailed information with regard to the reopening of Gaylord Opryland.” Updates will be posted online at

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau reports it the city is recovering from the flooding and that hotels and attractions will be business as usual by Saturday, May 8.

“Nashville took a hit last weekend and a few of our signature properties will need time to recover, but the music is still playing! Our hallmark attractions and hotels are open, and our world famous hospitality is ready to welcome guests,” said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville CVB. “Nashville’s hospitality industry remained largely intact while record breaking rains fell over the city.”

Performances of the Grand Ole Opry are continuing as scheduled at various venues downtown including the Ryman Auditorium, and the General Jackson Showboat plans to be in operation as early as this weekend, the CVB says.

A few of the city’s other premier attractions that will be open this weekend include the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Belle Meade Plantation, The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art and the Nashville Zoo. A full list of open attractions can be found at


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