Advertisement

Travel: The Park at OWA


* I was recently hosted at The Park at OWA resort in exchange for media coverage. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

My family and I were recently invited to Foley, AL to visit The Park at OWA for the weekend. We decided to take advantage of the fun weekend getaway, especially since it’s only a 3.5 hour drive from Baton Rouge, LA. We packed up the car and hit the road around 10 a.m. on a Friday morning… the extra bonus for our son was being able to miss school on a Friday! Yeah!

OWA means “Big Water” in the Muscogee Creek language and is named that, because you have big views of the Gulf of Mexico from the peaks of the amusement park’s highest rides. The Park at OWA is on 520 acres and has several components to it: the amusement park, which has 21 rides; Downtown OWA, free admission to shopping, treats and dining in a family-friendly atmosphere; an amphitheatre; Foley Sports Tourism Complex; and a new, on-site TownePlace Suites by Marriott.

During our vacation, we stayed on-site at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott. My favorite part is that we parked at the hotel for the weekend and didn’t need to get back in the car until we left. Everything on the property is within walking distance. With this convenience, you can go back and forth from the amusement park to the downtown area and back to the hotel.

The lobby of the hotel was pleasantly decorated. There is a kid’s hangout room with TV and foosball table, that our son really enjoyed. The hotel also has an indoor pool and gym. In the morning we enjoyed a free continental breakfast in the lobby.

On Saturday we visited the theme park and had a blast! The park consists of 21 state-of-the-art, family-friendly rides and an interactive splash pad. The weather was very cool the weekend we were there, so anything with the water was out of the question! We enjoyed many of the rides at the park but our favorite was the Crazy Mouse. It reminds me of the Mouse Trap game we played as kids. The seat spins as you ride so you get a 360-degree view during your ride. This is the second biggest roller coaster in the park. We also rode the Freedom Flyer, which is the tallest ride in the park. This is an extreme ride of the swinging chairs that you see at amusement parks, except this one goes very high in the air and you are swinging at a 90-degree angle. The Wave Rider is another one that we rode that was very exciting. I actually started to get nervous as this one started up, because I didn’t realize that it spins in circles as it goes down the track. Not sure how I missed that! I was also nervous that our 7-year-old would be scared and want to get off the ride, but he was a champ and enjoyed it as well! The Wave Rider is a rare ride in the U.S. Only three of this style exist. How neat is that?!?! I really wanted to ride the Park’s signature ride that you can see from the main highway, Rollin’ Thunder. This is a smooth ride with a 90-degree, vertical drop that gets up to speeds of 55 miles per hour. Our son held onto me, and made me promise that I would not ride it. That’ll have to be on the next trip!

Overall, we had a great time at The Park at OWA and will definitely return, especially when we make our trips to Orange Beach, AL! You can plan your visit by clicking here!

Be the first to review this item!


Bookmark this

03 Jan 2019


By Kassie Williams

Recent Articles more articles

The Moment I Became a Mom

in Family Life, Amy Delaney

There are many milestones in the international adoption process–home study completion, being matched with your child, receiving updates, getting the travel call. However, the single biggest milestone for me was never logged on a calendar, even though

Make Time For Yourself

in Amelia Laprairie

Being a mom is a roller coaster of emotions. There’s happiness while watching the little ones grow, followed by my sadness because of the realization of how fast it happens. There’s anticipation of wanting them to reach milestones, followed by the ne

Sleepaway for Mama: Leaving My Daughters Overnight for the First Time

in Things To Do, Family Life, Mari Walker

In more than seven and a half years of parenting, I had never left my children overnight until recently. Other than her recent trip to pony camp, the only time I was away from my older daughter was when my younger daughter was born. I stayed in the h

Sure Signs You’re a Mom to School-Aged Children

in Family Life, Amy Delaney, School

It’s August–do you know where your school supply list is?! This school year snuck up on us like no other. We moved in May and our summer was literally turned upside down, and now it’s August and school is upon us. As I entered the scramble to prepare

Featured Listings more listings

Louisiana Key Academy

in Charter Schools

Louisiana Key Academy's mission is to serve the community at large, to educate and remediate children with dyslexia in an evidence based curriculum and to stand as an excellent model and resource for other schools and communities.

Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy

in Private Schools

Hope Academy utilizes proven research-based techniques that are tempered with care and customized to meet the unique requirements of the individual student.

UpTown Climbing

UpTown Climbing

in Party Venues

UpTown Climbing parties include two hours of staff-belayed indoor rock climbing for all guests to enjoy, plus one (or both) of UpTown's party rooms are available for mid-climb party/cake break for the celebration. When you book a party with UpTown, y

Knock Knock Children's Museum

Knock Knock Children's Museum

in Party Venues

All birthday parties include exclusive use of the birthday party room. Birthday disposables include plates, napkins, cups, utensils, paper towels, candles, and cake knife. Also includes a birthday party specialist, lemonade, and water. Price include

Advertisement
Newsletter