Featuring thrill rides, kiddie rides, retail and dining establishments, green spaces and other fun activities, the new OWA amusement park is open and continually adding more options.
Rollin' Thunder at The Park at OWA
Coming this summer is Mystic Mansion, a new indoor dark ride. An interactive, competitive experience, Mystic Mansion features passenger cars to take riders through 13 rooms of a haunted mansion glowing in ultraviolet paint. Passengers blast ghosts for points.
Construction on Phase 2 of the entertainment destination will begin this summer and include what will be the Gulf Coast's largest indoor waterpark, a hotel with conference space, and a family-friendly, luxury RV park. Tentative completion dates target the end of 2019 for the RV Park opening, with an early 2021 opening for the hotel and indoor water park.
OWA also recently added a kid-focused splash park as well as new restaurants and retail stores.
The park is anchored by a host of fun rides such as the Rollin' Thunder roller coaster, shown in the video above. Purchase a day pass or an annual pass. Children under hte age of 3 are free.
OWA continues to announce major retail and dining tenant announcements that will be calling the Foley, Alabama-based resort destination home.
Retail outlets include Alvin's Island, a tropical department store; Fairhope Soap Company; Parker & Co. boutique; and Pepper Palace among others. Park guests may enjoy a quick snack, dessert or a full meal at Auntie Anne's, Cinnabon, Grovvy Goat, Hershey's Ice Cream, Crazy Donuts, and Wahlburgers.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama developed OWA, which means “big water” in the Muscogee Creek language.
The “big water” refers to a 14-acre lake at the center of the project that features the amusement park, a hotel, and a selection of restaurant and shopping opportunities.
The 520-acre OWA development is adjacent to the City of Foley’s $40 million sports tourism complex, which features 16 multi-purpose outdoor fields and a 90,000-square-foot indoor events center slated to open summer 2017.
“For every visitor, OWA will provide a top-notch experience,” said Tim Martin, president of Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority, the tribe’s business entity charged with developing the property. “It is an added benefit that families who come to Foley for sporting events will also have all of Owa’s offerings available to them. We believe this is a winning combination that will have families coming back to Alabama for years to come.”
Owa’s design celebrates its rural roots by creating the feel of a small Southern town that evolves through time with distinct districts like a warehouse district, downtown district and amusement park.
Future plans call for a waterpark, additional hotel space, a condominium complex and a resort-style RV park.
The Rollin' Thunder roller coaster joins 20 rides and two other “thrill rides” within the 14 acres.
Enjoy a visit to OWA during your next vacation to the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast. A three-bedroom condo in Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key is a great spot to rest, relax and recharge when visiting OWA, the beaches of the Gulf Coast and the many other fun attractions in the area, including Waterville, Tanger Outlet Shops and The Wharf in Orange Beach.