When planning your Gulf Shores area vacation and looking for fun things to do, keep your eye on OWA in 2022. That’s when OWA’s new waterpark is scheduled to open alongside The Park at OWA and Downtown OWA.

Located just a few miles north of Gulf Shores beaches via the Beach Express, the new waterpark is already under construction, with the giant glass-topped structure already towering over the amusement park below.

The water park will feature a 65,000-square-foot indoor retractable roof and a retractable wall that opens from the indoor water park to the adjacent outdoor park, giving guests the ability to move from indoors to out in a seamless experience.

The OWA complex is composed of Downtown OWA, which is free to enter and explore, and The Park at OWA, which contains 21 fun rides.

Downtown OWA is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, including Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen Restaurant. A variety of cuisines are available, including Southern family favorites, Gulf seafood, gourmet pizza and hand-crafted cocktails.

The Park at OWA is gated and requires tickets to enter. Rides range from thrilling like Air Racer and Rollin’ Thunder to the more traditional teacups and a variety of rides suitable for the youngest guests.

Bring the kids, the cousins and the grandparents to OWA during your next Gulf Coast vacation and stay in a four-bedroom condo. You’ll have plenty of room to spread out but will have your own space to retreat to at the end of a busy day playing at the beach or visiting OWA.