Prepare for a trip to the beaches of the Alabama Gulf Coast May 3 and 4, 2019, and enjoy the colorful sight of hot air balloons against a backdrop of bright blue sky during Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Balloon flights, glows and tethered rides (weather permitting) at dusk and dawn complement an array of arts and crafts displays and fun entertainment held at the brand new Foley Soccer Complex, which is adjacent to the new Park at OWA.

Balloons fly early in the morning and late in the afternoon, depending on weather conditions and wind speed.

Purchase a ticket to participate in a tethered ride, where balloon pilots control the balloon to rise in the area about 50 feet. Tethered rides require a pre-purchased ticket and a signed waiver of liability, which is available upon arrival.

Entertainment this year consists of the Miles Flatt Band, Doctor Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, Christina Christian, the Defrosters, Elvis Remembered, Yeah Probably, and Werewolf.

After a busy day at the festival, it’s time to relax! Choose a condo complex with an on-site lazy river.

Another option is one of our off-beach, budget-friendly vacation rentals. They are situated off the beach and offer all the comfort, convenience and fun as Gulf-front properties. They’re also easy on the wallet.