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OWA, Foley: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, OWA Reviews: 4.5/5

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Named “Attraction of the Year” by Alabama’s Tourism Department, OWA is the state’s newest major destination. Highlighting OWA’s 520 acres are charming Downtown OWA and the amusement-park thrills of The Park at OWA. OWA (oh-wah) is inspired by the Muscogee Creek word for “water.” OWA is home to a host of annual events, firework displays and holiday entertainment. The Park features 23+ thrilling attractions; hours for The Park can be found at VisitOWA.com/hours. Downtown OWA is an admission-free, pedestrian-only entertainment district, open daily featuring big names like Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and Legends in Concert as well as coastal favorites like Murder Creek Distillery and Gravity Island Watersports! You can even stay the night at the award-winning TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Future plans for OWA include a luxury RV park and indoor water park.
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Pitzapie
Milton, FL81 contributions
Seriously Lacking Management and Service
Sep 2021 • Friends
The boys had a great time. The entry price was good $25 for the rides is excellent. The amusement area is small and there are ample places to sit while the kids go on the rides. However, I’m supposing they have staffing shortages like everyone else, and there’s a 20 minute wait (at least) in the concession stand line. We decided to have dinner there at the Groovy Goat and got the kids cards to play in the arcade. When we ordered the waiter told us the kids had to be at the table when they bring the food? I thought that was a strange rule. I couldn’t imagine trying to get 3 boys to sit at the table for the 45 minutes it took for them to bring our food. When they finally did bring our food they didn’t bring silverware or napkins. I motioned a waitress and she said she’d be right back (she never returned and we saw her sitting at the bar probably on break)
We finally had to go find napkins and silverware ourselves and by that time my friends steak was ice cold. One bite and she said it was dried out and tasteless. My burger looked delicious but had little taste. We had the manager come to the table about the steak dinner and he said he would make it right with her, but he never returned. We asked for our check so we could leave and after waiting another 15 minutes we got up and went to find someone to help us.
OWA is a good idea but their management and service is seriously lacking. I don’t believe I will ever feel the need to go back.
Written September 26, 2021
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Hey there, we're sorry to hear you weren't satisfied with your experience at the Groovy Goat. We'd be happy to share this with their management team and get you in touch. Feel free to email your contact info to info@VisitOWA.com and please include the details of this review.
Written October 8, 2021
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Tami007
Hattiesburg, MS141 contributions
Not crowded with good entertainment
Aug 2021 • Family
Was not crowded at all . No long wait lines for rides . Not an over abundance of rides but enough to make the kids happy . Had a great band I just wish I knew ahead of time so I had my own comfortable chair . We had fun tasting the moonshine too.
Written August 1, 2021
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Hi Tami, thank you for the review. We're glad you got to enjoy some fun with us!
Written August 12, 2021
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Meh
9 contributions
The best!
Jun 2021
So nice. No lines, not to big your exhausted from walking around, splash pad was perfect ending to hot roller coaster day.
Written July 5, 2021
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Rolltide18x
Houston, TX1,665 contributions
We Loved It!
Jul 2021 • Family
A little concerned if this place will make it given the low number of people. We loved our one night stay! The park was clean and rides were awesome. Many of the shops in the area are vacant, but several restaurant choices and the Groovy Goat was really good. This place is a hidden gem!
Written July 2, 2021
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Hey Bama fan, thanks for visiting us at OWA. Groovy Goat is a favorite for sure.
Written July 19, 2021
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HburgMS
Hattiesburg, MS298 contributions
Half of rides shut down
Jun 2021 • Family
Me, my wife, and 3 grandchildren are here right now. This is the BIGGEST RIPOFF EVER. Half of the rides are closed. They don’t have enough workers so some rides operate during odd hours and then the others during the even hours. However, they still charge FULL PRICE. We planned our vacation just for this park. We would have stayed at a hotel on the beach if we had known this instead of in Foley. Thanks OWA for ruining our vacation. You won’t get a chance to do it again.
Written June 26, 2021
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Hey there, we're so sorry to hear that you weren't satisfied with your experience. We'd love to get a chance to bring your family back again. Please feel free to reach out to us to info@VisitOWA.com to discuss further.
Written October 8, 2021
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ChristinaNoel
25 contributions
I loved it here!
May 2021 • Couples
Great service at every place I stopped in. The staff at OWA was friendly and helpful. The park was fun! The food was great! Overall it was a great time. I would suggest season passes
Written June 1, 2021
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Cheryl G
Gulfport, MS14 contributions
1st visit-amazing
May 2021
My family had so much fun! Will be back soon! Online tickets are cheaper btw. Wish they had rental scooters though but that's okay.
Written May 25, 2021
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J Titus
7 contributions
A Great Value for a Day of Fun
May 2021
We had a fun-filled day at OWA. As a group of 6 adults and a 4-year old, it was the best money spent on our trip in the Gulf Shores area ($20/personI). We stayed for 5 hours, making one circle around the park and hitting almost every ride, doing some more than once. The park and bathrooms were clean. The rides were a bit out of the ordinary. If we had more time, there would have been more to explore in the downtown area, arcade, splash pad and special event area. The rides for little ones were especially plentiful. Fyi: the Haunted Mansion was a little too much for our 4 yr old.
Written May 17, 2021
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Rochelle V
Albertville, AL1 contribution
Closed Monday & Tuesday?
May 2021
Everything was closed except Groovy Goat restaurant. Had an amazing experience at the Groovy Goat! Hence the 3 stars. Food, service and bonus arcade made for a fun evening! But, everything else was closed. Apparently all the businesses are closed on Monday & Tuesday now due to lack of staffing. Website does not reflect this. We and several other potential guests were very disappointed in the overall visit. We had planned on visiting the wine bar, the distillery, Lucy’s, the tea shop and buying tickets for the magic show. We spent the entire evening at Groovy Goat, understaffed and all, and had a great time. Get it together OWA.
Written May 11, 2021
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Hey Rochelle, thank you for your review. We're so sorry we missed you! Our shops in Downtown are independently owned and operated, and do keep their own hours. There was unprecedented turnout at the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival this past weekend, and many of the businesses decided to close in order to restock and give their employees a much needed rest day. If we're notified of any closures ahead of time, our staff works hard to keep our social media and website as up-to-date as possible. Park hours are always listed online at VisitOWA.com/hours.
Written May 12, 2021
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Bryan M
Bonney Lake, WA39 contributions
Fun Family Day at OWA (Our Personal Park)
Mar 2021
Our family had read reviews and watched some videos about OWA and The Park at OWA and were excited to visit while in the area on vacation. We weren’t disappointed.

We went to OWA in March during the first week it was opened for afternoon/evening hours during weekdays. We were surprised to drive right up to the entrance and park for FREE. Buying tickets (only $19.99) and getting inside was quick and easy. There was a temperature check before entering.

We were able to walk right up to get on nearly every ride never waiting for more than one group in front of us. Half of the park is adult rides and on the other side of the roller coaster, Rolling Thunder, is the kids area. Some of those rides are for small kids, others, like teacups were fun for all in our family. The ride attendants were all friendly and helpful and cleaned rides between riders.

We were able to do so many rides in such a short amount of time that we were all feeling a little woozy after a few hours. We had such a good time that we came back a few days later.

I would definitely recommend a visit to OWA, it was super fun, super clean and not crowded and probably 1/3 of what we would have spent riding inferior rides at the arcade/go-cart places closer to the beach.
Written April 25, 2021
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