Why OWA – Our Vision 2017-04-12T13:06:54+00:00

OWA is coming to the Gulf Coast of Alabama!

Only 7 miles north of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, OWA is strategically positioned on more than 520 acres of prime commercial property in Foley, Ala. Until now, visitors to the area had no place to be entertained other than the beaches. Although Alabama’s beaches are a huge tourist draw, the family population was underutilized in terms of retail, dining and entertainment venues in one centralized area.

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OWA reinvents the southern destination by combining various forms of entertainment into a condensed, yet expansive, resort. No longer will guests have to drive an hour or more to experience a different adventure. By vacationing at OWA, a family never has to leave to property to feel the thrill of excitement and relaxation … and if the beach is on the itinerary, it is easily accessible and a straight shot down the Foley Beach Expressway.

Phase one of the reinvented southern destination includes a 14-acre lake, a
150-room Marriott Towneplace Suites hotel (adjacent to the City of Foley’s Indoor Event Center), 154,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space and a 14-acre theme park with 21 rides, including one major roller coaster. Phase one construction began in summer 2016 and will be completed and open by summer 2017. Future plans include an indoor/outdoor water park with attached hotel and a resort level RV park.

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Watch the virtual fly through of OWA!

Foley Sports Tourism ComplexThe entertainment destination is adjacent to a sports complex featuring 16 state-of-the-art multi-use fields and an indoor events center. The outdoor complex is used for team sporting events, such as soccer, lacrosse, football and sand volleyball. The 90,000+ sq. ft. indoor events center will be used for gymnastics, cheerleading, basketball and indoor volleyball tournaments as well as trade shows and conferences.

Grab the family and enjoy a day of spine tingling adventures in our theme park or splash around our refreshing waterpark (coming in the future). Take a romantic lakeside stroll at sunset, catch a high energy sports tournament, browse the latest clothing trends or reconnect with friends over a glass of wine and delicious meal.

Dining in the Downtown District

OWA is, in essence, a city within a city and has the feel of a small town evolving through time. Distinct districts punctuate the lavishly landscaped grounds. As guests stroll around the lake, they encounter the “Warehouse District,” which is made up of larger scale structures that appear to have been used for manufacturing or as a train depot. These structures look similar to those in Foley used for shipping goods across the south. However, now they house your art gallery, your blues café, your five-star restaurant or your performing arts studio.

Guests continue around the lake and meander down a southern “Main Street,” shopping in your stores for homemade goods and apparel, smelling the fresh roasted beans at your coffee shop or seeing caramel apples being dipped at your candy store. They wander down further and stop for lunch at your specialty sandwich shop or grab a savory treat at your ice cream parlor. The buildings found in this area are smaller in scale and are reminiscent of a Southern downtown.

75958_charming_03_20160706_03At the edge of town is a city park area where a local festival is underway. The carnival rides are inviting fun for all ages, from a thrilling roller coaster to an airplane ride for children to a nostalgic game of skeeball. Guests can stop here and grab some cotton candy, taffy, a corn dog or take in the sights and sounds of the festival grounds.

Visitors can take a break anywhere along the way on benches or structures beside the water. In the center of the lake is a great spot for an afternoon rest. The island can only be reached by one of several bridges and is an unexpected discovery where guests can relax for a picnic, hop on a boat for a spin around the lake or enjoy an intimate concert under the stars.

This is our vision. And it’s coming to the Alabama Gulf Coast!