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OWA. It means big water in the Muscogee Creek language, and that’s what families can see from the peaks of OWA’s highest amusement-park rides: big views of the Gulf of Mexico. Down below, in the glow of carousel lights and traditional Southern streets, another view is illuminated for parents—the satisfaction of a day well-spent and long-remembered.

Like any big water, OWA moves with a different-every-day energy. New things to see and do in The Park, new shows at the amphitheater located on a 1.5-acre island surrounded by the property’s signature lake, new menus along the streets of Downtown OWA an ever-changing audience-participation playlist coordinating music, lights and fountain jets in the lake bringing all of OWA together: a beach-vacation tradition that’s made new with every visit.

Family is at the center of the OWA experience. The Park’s 21 rides and new Wacky Waters splash pad provide a lot of thrills—especially the thrill of a place where parents can enjoy saying yes over and over again. It’s always a relaxing day with the kid-friendly atmosphere and great value on food and beverage.

Downtown OWA is admission free, meaning it’s not only the perfect complement to a trip to The Park—it’s a great place to stop by any time for shopping, a memorable meal or treat. From local favorites like Fairhope Soap Company to national names like Wahlburger’s and the newly announced Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, there’s something for everyone. A stroll around Downtown OWA is like a visit to the Southern towns that inspired it: hospitable, comfortable—a memorable Coastal Alabama day.

The OWA experience doesn’t stop when the day ends; a new, on-site TownePlace Suites by Marriott offers the comfort and service guests expect from Marriott, but with a one-of-a-kind décor that plays off OWA’s fun atmosphere. Natural materials and design elements in the hotel honor the vision of the Poarch Creek Indians who first envisioned this family-friendly place known as OWA.

OWA’s expansive property also houses the Foley Sports Tourism Complex, which opened to the public in 2016. Complete with 16 outdoor state-of-the-art sports fields, the City of Foley’s Sports Complex hosts a number of sporting events and tournaments throughout the year. Adjacent to the Sports Fields sits the complex’s 90,000 sq. ft. indoor Events Center. From gymnastics to lacrosse, this sports complex brings yet another reason for families to visit OWA.