OWA, a 520-acre, $500 million entertainment destination/amusement park, opened to excited crowds in 2017 just a few miles north of Gulf Shores beaches in Foley.
Located just seven miles from the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, OWA, the “city within a city” entertainment complex will eventually feature a 14-acre lake; 154,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space; and a 14-acre amusement park with 20 rides (including one major roller coaster).
As OWA continues to build out in phases on its 500+ acres, it will give vacationers the sense they are strolling the streets of a small Southern town evolving through time.
Distinct districts punctuate the landscaped grounds. Guests strolling around the lake will encounter the Warehouse District, which is made up of larger-scaled structures that appear to have been used for manufacturing or as a train depot. These structures are meant to evoke the image of historic buildings in Foley and at OWA will house shops and dining establishments.
As guests continue around the lake, they will come upon Main Street, where they may shop for homemade goods and apparel, enjoy a cup of coffee at the coffee shop, or taste delicious candy at the candy store.
At the edge of town is a city park and the amusement park area, where guests will find everything from carnival rides and games to thrilling roller coasters and other major attractions.
All along the way are benches or structures to relax beside the water. There’s even an island in the center of the lake to unwind and enjoy the scenery.
Future plans call for the addition of an indoor/outdoor waterpark with attached hotel and resort-level RV Park. UPDATE: Construction on th waterpark is underway.
OWA is adjacent to the Foley Sports Tourism Complex, which is composed of 16 multi-use fields for soccer, lacrosse, football and sand volleyball. The complex also includes a 90,000-square-foot indoor events center for gymnastics, cheerleading, basketball and indoor volleyball tournaments.
A three-bedroom house in Gulf Shores or a three-bedroom condo in Orange Beach would be a perfect spot to call home for a visit to the beaches of the Gulf Coast, area attractions and amusement parks such as OWA.