FOLEY, AL – Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ OWA Parks & Resort has opened its $70 million expansion of water-themed fun at Tropic Falls. The latest opening includes a tropical-themed 30,000 sq. ft. outdoor wave pool called Big Water Bay, located near the recently opened indoor waterpark. Another new attraction is a surf simulator located beside the wave pool. At the top of the wave pool is a performance stage area with a 48’ wide LED screen showing water-themed movies and hosting seasonally-inspired live performances. Additional features include Breakers Bar & Grill, a tropical-inspired open-air dining and drinks venue, as well as an expansive beach area with ample seating, private cabana rentals, and restrooms with lockers.
“Tropic Falls is currently the only indoor waterpark in the United States with both a retractable roof and sidewall adjoining an outdoor water park, making OWA a stand-out destination for family fun and entertainment,” said Kristin Hellmich, Director of External Communications, Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
OWA Parks & Resort continues to grow and has transformed its existing 14-acre theme park, which features 23 rides and attractions, as well as its all-new waterpark expansion, into a true tropical paradise. The addition of Big Water Bay and Coastal Curl, along with its 100,000 sq. ft. adjacent indoor waterpark, makes Tropic Falls the largest water-themed attraction of its kind on the Gulf Coast.
“The Tropic Falls expansion has been more than three years in the making and is evidence of our continued commitment to seeing our vision through at OWA,” said Cody Williamson, President/CEO of Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA). “Leading the development arm of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, we focus on continually investing in projects, like OWA, which allow us to remain a strong economic partner for the State of Alabama.”
OWA Parks & Resort in Coastal Alabama is owned and operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. OWA’s name is derived from a Creek word for “big water,” and the tropical theme of the 520-acre property was inspired by the nearby Gulf of Mexico.