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A new amusement park with restaurants, retail and more is set to open July 21, 2017. Located a few miles north of Gulf Shores in nearby Foley, the development is called Owa, which means "big water" in the Muscogee Creek Language.

OWA Amusement Park To Open July 21

A new amusement park composed of thrill rides, kiddie rides, retail establishments, green spaces and other fun activities, will open just a few miles north of the Gulf Shores beaches at 10 a.m., Friday, July 21.

Admission to the park, which will be anchored by the Rollin' Thunder roller coaster, is $34.99 for general admission and $27.99 for junior, military and senior admission. Children under the 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. Wahlburgers is a major commitment, said Stephanie A. Bryan, Tribal Chair and CEO for Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

“We are excited to announce Wahlburgers will be opening at OWA this summer, along with several other significant tenants who have signed on to join us in this exciting endeavor. We are proud to continue building partnerships that will create jobs in the hospitality industry, helping to grow a strong economic future for the state.”

The Wahlburgers location at OWA will be its first storefront to open in Alabama and will be the brand’s second largest U.S. location. The split-service burger restaurant features a menu that also includes salads, sandwiches, vegetarian options and side dishes like tater tots, macaroni and cheese and macaroni salad. The restaurant also features a full-service bar.

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 multipurpose 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 hat 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-styled RV park.

The Rollin' Thunder roller coaster joins 20 rides and two other “thrill rides” within the 14 acres.

Owa developers said they expect to draw an additional 1 million visitors to the area annually.

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.
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