OWA – An Alabama Amusement Park and So Much More
OWAOWA is so much more than just an amusement park. This place is huge. In fact, it’s so ginormous that it has its own town. Seriously. Downtown OWA is a real thing, and it’s really fantastic. What makes OWA so incredible is how family-friendly it is. I mean that in more ways than one. Of course, the amusement park vibe of it all is tailor-made for families. It’s more than that, though. Being able to stay right there in the park where you play, eat, shop, and enjoy everything else that OWA has to offer is family-friendly in its own right. The kids aren’t bored and frustrated by waiting to get into the park, and parents aren’t annoyed with the hassle of trying to find parking, waiting in lines, and all of the other rigamarole that normally goes hand in hand with visiting an amusement park. With over 500 acres of attractions, accommodations, dining, shopping, and so much more, OWA is the kind of place that was designed to be the absolute complete package. And to top it all off, it’s only about 10 minutes from the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
Our OWA TripThere is so much to see and do at OWA that it’s hard to put it all into one post. Instead, I’m going to walk you through our latest trip to this amazing Alabama destination. With a three-day stay at OWA, there was a lot to do and see!
Check InOn our first day, we checked into the Marriott TownePlace Suites. It’s a lovely hotel that is situated right on the property. It’s within walking distance of everything, so it’s the perfect hub for any family staying at OWA. It also offers a pool and an outdoor seating area complete with a fire pit.
Dinner at El Diablo Taqueria & CantinaFrom there, we had dinner at El Diablo Taqueria & Cantina. This restaurant has some of the best Mexican fare you’ll find anywhere, and they’ve got a beautiful back porch view to enjoy. Featuring everything from tacos and fajitas to ribeye steak with a Mexican twist. Their Baja fish tacos and Redfish Vera Cruz are two highlights you must have. Seared redfish served over cilantro rice and black beans topped with delicious vera cruz sauce and finished with lime crema was to die for! If you’re feeling extra hungry and extra brave, take the grand burrito challenge! A humongous burrito stuffed with house-seasoned beef, shredded chicken, chihuahua cheese, Mexican rice, and refried beans. Smothered in their house salsa, queso and salsa verde. It’s a sight to be seen and eaten!
Murder Creek Distillery Street PartyWe ended the night by attending the Murder Creek Distillery Street Party featuring music from Brandon Hammonds. It was a great night filled with live music, tons of friendly people, and all kinds of delicious drinks. The blueberry drink that I had packed a big punch. You can tell these boys know their moonshine. Moonshine distilled, mixed, bottled and labeled right at OWA. Plus, all ingredients, bottles and labels are 100% American produced and made. We had to pick up a few to take back home!
Day 2On our second day at OWA, we made sure to enjoy as much as we possibly could. The Park at OWA is just about the best thing you’ll find in all of Gulf Shores. It’s THE Alabama amusement park if you ask me, so of course, we wanted to soak it all in. OWA Theme Park boasts a variety of rides as well as other entertainment options for practically everyone, whether they love roller coasters, games, or water parks. For the older kids and thrill-seeking adults, OWA Theme Park offers heart-pounding rides to satisfy that need for adrenaline.
- Air Racer
- Alabama Wham’a
- Crazy Mouse
- Freedom Flyer
- Rollin’ Thunder
- Happy Haulers
- Leap Frog
- Flying Aces
- Zip Zap Race
- Swingin’ Fun
- Gully Washer