It might seem like the coast's biggest attraction just showed up one day – but there's a fun backstory.
OWA's timeline has been a wild ride – and more thrills ahead!
OWA’s history—and future—are a testament to the thrill of sharing a vision. When a developer’s plans to bring a landmark resort and amusement park to Coastal Alabama fell through in 2015, the Poarch Creek Band of Indians (PCI) stepped up with a vision that took the 520-acre site from disappointment to destination—and in record time.
The Park at OWA rose from the ground so quickly that many in the community had the impression it appeared rather than having been built. The first ground-up amusement park to be built in the U.S. in 20 years broke ground in November of 2016 and welcomed its first guest on July 4th, 2017.
Construction on the resort’s first hotel, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, began a month before The Park and was opened to guests on July 21, 2017. It’s the only hotel of its kind bearing the TownePlace Suites name, with a uniquely warm and modern décor utilizing natural materials aligned with the PCI vision.
Downtown OWA, the property’s entertainment district, was similarly quick in pulling together nearly a century of architecture and ambiance from small Southern towns. From the iconic Hershey’s Ice Cream parlor to the flame-grilled fun of Wahlburgers, it’s a streetscape of dining, retail and entertainment that combines big names with local favorites.
The vision continues at OWA with four new storefront openings in the first quarter of 2018 and the addition of Wacky Waters, an interactive splash pad/water feature. On the horizon are an RV park, destination water park and food hall—all with space for up to 2500 hotel rooms or condominium units to welcome visitors who share the thrill of the OWA vision.