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A new amusement park with restaurants, retail and more is set to open by Memorial Day Weekend 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 Set To Open Summer 2017 Near Gulf Shores

UPDATE: OWA unveiled the first in a series of major retail and dining tenant announcements that will be calling the Foley, Alabama-based resort destination home. Wahlburgers will be one of the first restaurants set to open in late summer 2017.

Stephanie A. Bryan, Tribal Chair and CEO for Poarch Band of Creek Indians stated, “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 2nd 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.

A new amusement park is coming to Foley mid-summer of 2017.

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians unveiled in November detailed plans for its new development Owa, which means “big water” in the Muscogee Creek Language, just a few miles north of Gulf Shores in Foley.

The “big water” refers to a 14-acre lake at the center of the project that will feature a themed 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 will celebrate 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.

Phase one will open in summer 2017 and include the dining spaces, amusement park and lake. Future plans call for a waterpark, additional hotel space, a condominium complex and a resort-styled RV park.

The amusement park will be anchored by what is being touted as one of the “longest roller coaster” rides in the United States. The as-yet-unnamed roller coaster will join 20 rides and two other “thrill rides” within the 14 acres. “It’s our intent to put people in roller coasters next May, Memorial Day weekend,” Martin said in a local news report. Martin compared the roller coaster to Thunderbolt, which opened in New York’s Coney Island in 2014.

Owa developers 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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