Visitor’s Guide to Downtown OWA
Downtown OWA, a 520-acre destination for family fun, is a new development in Foley, Alabama that offers a variety of restaurants, shops, and entertainment options. With beautiful brick streets and plenty of parking, Downtown OWA is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening!
We consider Downtown OWA the best new development in Foley, Alabama! With its variety of shops and restaurants, as well as its convenient location and ample parking, it’s no wonder why locals and visitors alike are flocking to this new resort destination.
Places to Eat In Downtown OWA
There are currently ten restaurants and several specialty places in Downtown OWA and even more inside Tropic Falls! So, there is surely something for your taste buds! Check our list of favorite OWA Foley restaurants.
Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
Paula Deen’s is one of the best places to eat in downtown OWA. The Southern-inspired cuisine is mouthwatering, and the portions are generous.
Paula Deen’s is also a great place for people watching, as the restaurant gets a lot of foot traffic from shoppers and tourists.
Check out our complete review of Paula Deen’s here.
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant
Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar is another excellent choice for dining in downtown OWA. The menu features fresh, locally caught seafood, and the prices are very reasonable.
Check out our complete review of Lucy’s here.
Valerio’s Pizza and Italian
Valerio’s is a great Italian restaurant that is currently the newest addition to the downtown OWA restaurant scene.
The stone oven-baked pizza is excellent, and the pasta dishes are also very good. The service is friendly and efficient, and the prices are reasonable.
Check out our complete review of Valerio’s here.
The Groovy Goat
The Groovy Goat is a fun addition to downtown OWA, quickly becoming a popular spot for lunch and dinner.
The restaurant features a variety of American and international beers, as well as an extensive wine list.
Rum Island is a Daiquiri Bar that is perfect for cooling off on a hot day. The bar offers a variety of frozen rum drinks!
My favorite is the Water Malone – so yummy and refreshing!
Swing by Rum Island and grab the biggest size before heading to your Brandon Styles Show – you CAN carry open containers in OWA as long as it isn’t glass, AND you can bring outside drinks into the Brandon Styles Theater!
Places to Stay In OWA
There are a variety of places to stay near OWA, including hotels, motels, and campgrounds. However, there is only one hotel at OWA, currently. According to a little birdie, a couple are coming soon. But, until then, your only option inside OWA is the boutique hotel, TownePlace Suites.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Foley at OWA is an excellent choice for accommodations while visiting Downtown OWA. The suites are spacious and comfortable, and the staff is very friendly and helpful.
For more information on the best places to stay near OWA, check out our comprehensive Foley Visitor’s guide here.
Things to Do at OWA in Foley, Alabama
OWA is a great place for a variety of activities, including shopping, dining, and entertainment. The development features beautiful brick streets and plenty of parking, making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening.
Some of our favorite things to do in OWA include:
Brandon Styles Theater
The Brandon Styles Theater is a beautiful new theater in Downtown OWA that offers a variety of entertainment options. With its convenient location and ample parking, the theater is the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening!
The theater features a variety of live performances, such as the Brandon Styles Magic Show and Variety Show. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the theater itself is very spacious and comfortable. I highly recommend checking out the Brandon Styles Theater if you’re looking for something fun to do in Foley, Alabama!
Tropic Falls features an amusement park and an indoor waterpark, making it the perfect place to spend a day with family or friends. The waterpark is bigger than you’d expect and features a lazy river and slides. The amusement park has a variety of rides for all ages, as well as an arcade and a laser tag arena.
For more information on Tropic Falls, check out our comprehensive review here.
Legends in Concert
Legends in Concert is a live tribute show that features some of the biggest names in music. The show is held at the Foley Events Center, which is adjacent to OWA, and features a variety of well-known performers, such as Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Madonna.
Shopping in OWA
There are a variety of places to shop at OWA, including restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. Yes, even the restaurants and bars have places to shop inside them – it is a tourist destination after all!
Some of our favorite places to shop in OWA include:
Typically found in tourist locations, Alvin’s Island is your stop for souvenirs, t-shirts, beachwear, and more.
You will find gear for OWA but also for nearby beaches like Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
If you are looking for a one-stop shop for Alabama Gulf Coast souvenirs, look no further than Alvin’s Island in OWA.
Brandon Styles Magic Shop
You, too, can be a magician! Brandon Styles offers a variety of magic tricks and supplies that are perfect for beginners and experienced magicians alike.
The shop also features a wide selection of DVDs, books, and other items that are perfect for magicians of all ages.
Whether you’re looking to buy your first magic kit or you’re a seasoned performer, the Brandon Styles Magic Shop is the perfect place to find everything you need!
Featuring Authentic and inspired Native American art, jewelry, and crafts, Native Treasures is the perfect place to find a unique gift or souvenir.
The shop features a wide selection of items handcrafted by local artists, as well as a variety of items inspired by Native American culture.
Whether you’re looking for a new piece of jewelry or a hand-painted pot, Native Treasures is the perfect place to find it!
As you can see, there is plenty to see and do at OWA in Foley, Alabama! Whether you’re looking for a place to eat, shop, or be entertained, Downtown OWA is the perfect place for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About OWA in Foley, Alabama
We consider OWA the best new development in Foley, Alabama! With its variety of shops and restaurants, as well as its convenient location and ample parking, it’s no wonder why locals and visitors alike are flocking to this new development.
But, it is still so new, that many people have questions about this fantastic place. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about OWA, so that you can be fully prepared for your next visit!
Where is OWA?
OWA is located at 1501 South OWA Boulevard, Foley, Alabama 36535. This means it is only a few miles from the white-sand beaches of the Gulf Coast!
OWA is also conveniently located near a variety of other attractions, such as the Foley Sports Complex and Tanger Outlet Mall.
With its central location and easy accessibility, OWA is the perfect place to visit whether you’re a local or a tourist!
When did OWA open?
OWA officially opened to the public on July of 2017. However, some of the shops and restaurants in OWA had a “soft opening” earlier in the month, so that they could work out any kinks before the grand opening.
Since its grand opening, OWA has been a huge success!
What is the parking situation like at OWA?
There’s plenty of parking at OWA and the best news is that it is FREE. There are over MANY parking spaces available, so you will never have to worry about not being able to find a spot.
What does OWA mean and how do you pronounce it?
“OWA” (oh-wah) is derived from a Muscogee Creek phrase that means “water,” referring to its sole owners, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
DISCLOSURE: I was recently invited to Downtown OWA for a familiarization tour to help me craft this article. Any opinions stated are strictly my own and were not influenced by anyone. Also, no money exchanged hands.