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Tropic Falls at OWA Named Among Nation’s Best Indoor Water Parks in USA Today’s 10Best List

May 7, 2024

Foley, Ala.— Tropic Falls at OWA was recently voted one of the top 10 indoor water parks in USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice Awards. The 10Best contest recognizes excellence across various categories including hotels, resorts, restaurants, and attractions. Nominees were submitted by a panel of experts selected by USA Today and narrowed to a short list of selections chosen by its 10Best editors. The competition was then opened to the public, with readers voting for four weeks to choose their favorite U.S. travel destinations and attractions.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized as one of the 10 Best Indoor Water Parks by our guests and readers,” said Cody Williamson, President/CEO of Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority. “We are committed to continually evolving and expanding the guest experience at OWA, and are truly grateful to receive this national recognition and a sign of our guests’ appreciation.”

Tropic Falls at OWA is the place to be for year-round tropical fun, and is unlike anything the Gulf Coast has ever seen. It is the largest indoor waterpark in the region and is covered by a convertible roof of 1,800 glass panels, creating an ideal tropical escape for rain-or-shine entertainment. Guests can choose from the thrill of 11 water slides, or just enjoy the ultimate tropical relaxation floating along the Castaway Creek lazy river. Having first opened in spring 2022, Tropic Falls has now expanded its water amenities to include a new 30,000 sq ft outdoor wave pool, Big Water Bay, and Coastal Curl surf simulator adjoining the indoor water park.

About OWA Parks & Resort: Award-winning OWA Parks & Resort in Coastal Alabama is owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. OWA’s name is derived from a Creek word for “big water,” and the tropical theme of the 520-acre property was inspired by the Gulf of Mexico, minutes away via the Foley Beach Express.
At the heart of OWA is Tropic Falls, which includes a 23-ride theme park and the region’s largest indoor water park—bigger than a football field and covered by a convertible roof. Adjacent to the indoor water park and connected by a retractable wall is Big Water Bay, a 30,000 sq. ft. wave pool and Coastal Curl wave simulator. Just outside the ticketed areas is Downtown OWA. This pedestrian-only streetscape was inspired by Southern small towns and features numerous options for dining, shopping, and entertainment. The destination resort offers a full calendar of events, from Downtown OWA’s own Mardi Gras Parade to the annual Christmas tree lighting with fireworks and snowfall.
For on-site accommodations, relax at OWA’s own award-winning TownePlace Suites by Marriott. And for the RV traveler, Tropic Hideaway is a luxury RV resort that has everything you want, starting with its location at OWA Parks and Resort, just minutes from the Alabama beaches off the Foley Beach Express. The sites are all extra wide and feature a full complement of Wi-Fi and hook ups. Premium locations and pull-through sites are available. OWA is the place in Coastal Alabama to thrill, then chill.