Friday, July 31, 2020

The Park at OWA

We spent a good chunk of the day today at OWA, a 520-acre entertainment destination in Foley, AL that boasts a section "downtown" outdoor-mall area as well as a small theme park. It's kind of like Disney Springs meets Santa's Village. We had heard that the attractions were fun and that the park was fairly new and that it wasn't very crowded. And the rumors were true.

We had lunch at the Groovy Goat which is billed as "The Grooviest Restaurant at OWA", and, yeah, okay, it's pretty groovy, I guess. It offers a wide range of options and is reasonably priced, so it's easy for a family to eat there and find something there for everyone. I decided to eat light and went with the "grown-up grilled cheese" because I knew I'd be sampling the wares of the confection makers in the shopping center and I wanted to save some room. We got some delicious and unique donuts at a place called Crazy Donuts. And you can actually make your own donut creation there which basically involves you putting a bunch of stuff on top of a glazed donut and/or injecting it with filling.

I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of amusement parks, but The Park at OWA is really more of a B-musement park than an amusement park. The vast majority of the rides are pretty tame by Disney or Six Flags standards, which is actually perfect for a guy like me who needs to pop a Xanax before going on something like The Batman. I was honestly very impressed with how clean the park was and how reasonable the concession prices were. And, best of all, there were incredibly small wait times for the rides. All for the admission price of $20.

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