Did you know that there is a great little amusement park just an hour from Pensacola and a few hours from New Orleans on the Alabama Gulf Coast?
There is and makes a great day trip with the kids.
OWA invited us for a visit recently, and we had a blast. In fact, we're planning on purchasing season passes so we can go more often. Here are a few things you need to know before visiting.
OWA Has Thrill Rides
Does your family love thrills? Speeding through the air, flipping upside down, adrenaline rushing thrills? If so, you'll love OWA's seven thrill rides.
If you like big drops and loops, then the Rollin' Thunder Coaster is for you! The minimum height for this coaster is 51″, and let me tell you. It looks pretty scary from the ground. Even my daredevils wouldn't ride this one.
If you want the thrill of a coaster but a little closer to the ground, try the Crazy Mouse or the Wave Rider. Both are fun and give the same coaster thrills without the big drops and loops.
Crazy Mouse is a roller coaster with individual cars that look like mice that spin on the track as it goes up and down. Must like Primeval Whirl at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom.
Wive Rider sits on a coaster track that looks like a big wave. The ride spins as it goes back and forth over the wave.
Wave Rider has a minimum height restriction of 48″, and Crazy Mouse has a minimum of 42″ when accompanied by a responsible person and 48″ to ride alone.
If you love being flipped upside down, you'll love the Air Racers, the Alabama Wham'a, and Twister are for you.
Air Racers are like mini planes that flip upside down over and over while spinning.
Alabama Wham'a is like a Ferris wheel, but instead of buckets, it's single seats and loops around like a loop on a roller coaster.
Twister is similar to both of these rides, but it's one big circle seat like the Wave Rider. You must but 48″ to ride both of these attractions.
If swings are your thing and you aren't afraid of heights, Freedom Flyer is perfect for you. Minimum height is 42″, riders 42-48″ can ride accompanied, and riders 48″ and taller can ride alone.
OWA has Family Rides
Looking for something a little slower pace but still tons of fun! Then OWA has rides for you that are perfect for the WHOLE family.
Flying Tigers are little airplanes perfect for little aviators. They will love flying through the air. The minimum height for this ride is 32″. Riders 32-36″ must ride with a responsible party. Riders over 36″ can ride alone.
If you love spooky things, then Mystic Mansion is for you. My kids described it as Haunted Mansion meets Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin at Disney World. Riders must be 36″ to ride accompanied and 42″ to ride alone.
Rockin Raft is perfect for those that want to ride the Wave Rider but are still too small. Riders under 42″ can ride accompanied, and riders over 42″ can ride alone.
Up up and away… Sky Balloons are a teacup ride that goes up in the sky. My kids LOVED this ride. Or maybe they just loved trying to make each other sick? Children under 42″ can ride accompanied, and over 42″ can ride alone.
If your child wants to ride a roller coaster but is too small for the big ones, Southern Express is perfect for them. My big kids even loved riding it over and over again. The minimum height for this ride is 42″.
Tea Time is the park's teacup ride or, as we call it, “who can spin the cup the faster to make the others sick” ride. Children under 42″ can ride accompanied, and over 42″ can ride alone.
If you are looking for rides that go up high and spin, you should check out the Flying Carousel and the AreoZoom. Both are swing rides, except with the AreoZoom, you are in charge of how high or low you go.
The minimum height for Flying Carousel is 36″, riders between 36-48″ can ride accompanied, and riders 48″ and taller can ride alone.
The minimum height for AreoZoom is 42″. Riders 42-48″ can ride accompanied, and riders over 48″ can ride alone.
Take control of your own butterfly with the Flutter By ride. Peddle power makes your butterfly SOAR! The minimum height is 36″, riders between 36-48″ can ride accompanied, and riders 48″ and taller can ride alone.
OWA Has Rides for Preschoolers
Are you wondering if there is enough for preschoolers to do? The answer is YES! OWA has rides just for the littlest amusement park fans! The rides are the normal preschool-friendly rides you will find in most parks.
The minimum height to ride alone for all of the Kid Rides is 36″. Children smaller than 36″ can ride accompanied on all the rides except for Swinging Fun and Zip Zap Race. For these rides, riders must be between 36-72″.
Pretend to drive a convoy of trucks on Happy Haulers. Fly your own plane on Flying Aces. Jump like a frog on Leap Frog. And take a kid-friendly free fall on Gully Washer.
You're a race car driver on Zip Zap Race. And you can swing on a giant swing on Swinging Fun (the tweens with me loved this ride).
More OWA Fun
In addition to rides, OWA has more fun!
At Midway Games, you can play carnival games until your heart's content. Most games seem to be between $3-5 per game. There is also a HUGE shaded seating area that is a perfect place to take a rest here.
The Park at OWA also has a 10,000 sq ft splash pad that will be an AMAZING place in the summer to cool off. Wacky Waters is full of fun water features for kids of all ages. Unfortunately, it's only open until dusk in the spring and summer months.
Coming in summer 2022 to OWA is a waterpark. You can watch the construction of the waterpark from various points inside the park.
Take a break from The Park at OWA in Downtown OWA. Full of shops, restaurants, places to get a quick snack, an arcade, an e-Sports center, and Legends in Concert – Downtown OWA has something for everyone.
Where to Eat at OWA
Not only do you have your pick of restaurants in Downtown OWA, but inside the park, there are two snack shacks where you can grab a bite to eat. Both are located in the center of the park on either side of the Rollin' Thunder Coaster.
One of the best deals at the park is the refillable mug! For $7, you can fill it with soda and for $9 with Icee, and then you can have it refilled with soda for $1.50, Icee for $2.50, and water for free. You can even bring it back with you on future visits.
Speaking of water, like most amusement parks, water is free. Just go to the window and ask for a cup of ice water.
How Much Does The Park at OWA Cost?
Season passes are $79.99 for the Standard Pass and $89.99 for the GOLD pass.
The best part of OWA is that if you aren't riding any rides, your admission is FREE! WHAT? That's like unheard of, right? But it's true. This makes it great for someone like myself, who isn't going to ride anything. I can get in for free, and the kids can ride all day long.
Parking at OWA and visiting Downtown OWA is free.
Where is OWA Located?
OWA is located in Foley, Alabama, about an hour from Pensacola and 2 hours from New Orleans, and just minutes from the Alabama Coast Beaches. The address is 100 North OWA Blvd., Foley, AL 36535, right off the Foley Beach Express.
So are you ready to have a day full of thrills and fun at OWA? What would you ride?
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