OWA’s 21-ride themed amusement park, The Park at OWA, located in Foley, Alabama, will officially open its doors to the public July 21, 2017. Designed as a family fun destination, The Park at OWA will offer each and every guest a unique adventure.
Beginning opening day, guests will enjoy everything The Park at OWA has to offer: 21 rides (including the Rollin’ Thunder); a variety of midway games; quick service dining options; and the Parkside Gift Shop filled with one-of-a-kind Park at OWA treasures. The Park opens at 10 am daily.
Tickets will be available online at VisitOWA.com beginning July 18, 2017 at 10 am. Tickets may also be purchased on site opening day at The Park at OWA Admissions Office. Group discounts and packages will be available and more details can be found at VisitOWA.com.
“Our Tribe is excited to offer a family destination near Alabama’s beautiful beaches that will create memories this summer and for years to come,” commented Poarch Creek Indians Tribal Chair and CEO, Stephanie A. Bryan. Ms. Bryan continued, “We are also proud that OWA is positively impacting families living in Foley and the surrounding region through the job creation generated by this development.”
While The Park at OWA is set to open July 21st, the retail and dining tenants at OWA will open in phases beginning early in September 2017. The announced tenants include Wahlburgers, Sunglass World, Fairhope Soap Company, Alvin’s Island, Hershey’s Ice Cream Shop, and Utopia among others.
The Park at OWA’s official opening day promises to be full of fun and thrills. We invite you to spend this special July 21st plummeting down the Rollin’ Thunder coaster, spinning on brightly colored teacups, and enjoying classic midway games.
For more information regarding opening day details, please go to VisitOWA.com.
San Antonio, widely recognized as a top travel destination, is introducing even more reasons to bring the whole family to the Alamo City. Interactive world-class exhibits, close encounters with dolphins and giraffes, and a high-rise ride at a one-of-a-kind theme park are just a few of the new attractions visitors can find in San Antonio this summer.
In a city filled with new and tried-and-true attractions, highlighted below are just five of the new experiences visitors can have this summer in San Antonio:
- Enjoy High-Flying Thrills: Six Flags Fiesta Texas‘ Fiesta Bay Boardwalk brings three new rides to the theme park. Guests will find themselves looping, spinning, and soaring as they experience the new high-adrenaline thrills on Fireball, featuring a massive 7-story looping frenzy; Hurricane Force 5, where riders take on the power of a storm and swirl round-and-round while soaring high into the air; and Spinsanity, the ultimate whirling adventure for daredevil riders.
- Reveal the Hidden Worlds of the Maya: The story of one of the most sophisticated and powerful civilizations of all time is being told in the largest exhibition to be brought to a San Antonio museum in the city’s history. The Witte Museum‘s “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” is the first exhibition at the museums’ new Mays Family Center and brings together hundreds of authentic artifacts displayed in more than a half-dozen immersive and hands-on environments.
- Ride on a One-of-a-Kind Ferris Wheel: Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first and largest theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment, unveils its new Whirling Wonder Ferris wheel this season. This five-and-a-half story ride along the shoreline of the park’s catch-and-release fishing lake can accommodate guests with and without special needs.
- Swim with Dolphins: SeaWorld San Antonio‘s added attraction, Discovery Point, is the only interactive dolphin experience in the state of Texas. Discovery Point is the largest single capital investment in the park’s 27-year history, doubling the size of its former dolphin habitat. The attraction transports guests to a lush, tropical setting with opportunities to swim with the dolphins and also see them swim and play in a new way through a floor-to-ceiling, panoramic underwater viewing area.
- Watch The Battle of the Alamo Come to Life: One of the most pivotal battles in American history comes to life through “Battle for Texas: The Experience,” a 22,000-square-foot “edutainment” adventure in the Shops at Rivercenter. This interactive experience features more than 250 never-before-seen Alamo artifacts and heart-racing multimedia re-enactments of the 13-day battle – allowing visitors to experience the Battle of the Alamo from the perspectives of the mission’s defenders and the Mexican army.
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Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island is hosting the first-ever Dickens on Centre holiday event Dec. 4-6 and 11-13, transforming historic Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach into a 19th century Christmas village reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ early Victorian era Britain, complete with horse drawn carriages and period vendors, characters and entertainers. Visitors and residents can experience festive lights and holiday decor, exciting seasonal entertainment and tastes of the holidays with friends and family in this downtown winter wonderland. Downtown restaurants and shops will stay open each weekend during the event, which takes place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday night, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday both weekends.
“We’re very excited about Dickens on Centre and the experience it will provide visitors to Amelia Island during the holiday season,” said Gil Langley, managing director of the AITDC. “With a full calendar of events, even Ebenezer Scrooge would find something to enjoy.”
Saint Nick will be visiting downtown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Friday and 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There will also be readings of Twas’ the Night Before Christmas at 6:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and again on Sunday at 4 p.m. Throughout the two weekends, several other special events will take place, including outdoor movie screenings of four different versions of the classic “A Christmas Carol;” the Children’s Holiday Extravaganza at the Fernandina Beach Library; and the Parade of Paws with the Nassau Humane Society. In addition to these events, special entertainment will include performances at Fernandina Little Theater by the Royal Amelia Dance Academy as well as roaming period-character storytellers and actors.
In addition to the downtown restaurants, shops, galleries and other local businesses that will be participating, period vendors will be selling handmade crafts and special holiday treats such as meat pies, scotch eggs, sausage rolls and more.
The Dickens on Centre events compliment the island’s already popular Holiday Home Tour (Dec. 4-5) and Bed & Breakfast Holiday Cookie Tour (Dec. 12), as well as several other resort and destination events.
About Amelia Island
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; come make memories on Amelia Island. For visitor information and online planning, visitwww.ameliaisland.com.
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Six Flags Over Texas, the Thrill Capital of Texas, has plans for an impressive expansion to the GOTHAM CITY section of the park that will include three new rides in 2016.
The area will become the ultimate battle of BATMAN™ versus villains with the opening of The Riddler Revenge — a new twist on thrills with guaranteed wicked high-flying fun; Catwoman Whip — a sinister spin and tilt ride that is much like its namesake; and Harley Quinn Spinsanity — a devious take on a classic spinning ride.
Six Flags Over Texas is located in Arlington, Texas.
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While many golf courses are winding down for the season, don’t pack away your clubs just yet. Florida is the perfect destination for golfers to enjoy year-round, picture-perfect conditions on the course. It’s no wonder so many PGA golf pros choose to design signature courses in Florida and play at some of the region’s top championship greens. With more courses than any other region in America, the Sunshine State is a golf mecca. Here are some of the top places to tee-off in Florida, where golf is always in season.
Home of the PGA TOUR
Golfers looking to swing around with the PGA pros should pay a visit to Florida’s Historic Coast, where over a dozen championship golf courses are open year-round. Many PGA golf pros live in and play around TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, including Fred Funk, Vijay Singh, and Jim Furyk. At TPC Sawgrass, golfers can live the PGA Tour lifestyle, walking the same fairways as their golf heroes and teeing off from the very spots where history is made each year during THE PLAYERS Championship. At World Golf Village Resort, golfers can create their own golf history on the King and Bear, the only collaboration between golf’s greatest legends, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Did you know…not only is the PGA TOUR headquartered in Ponte Vedra, but the World Golf Hall of Fame, which honors those that have contributed to the game, is located just a few minutes away in St. Augustine.
Soak up the sun while playing courses designed by one of the greatest players in professional golf history. Tampa’s Saddlebrook Resort is home to golf legend Arnold Palmer’s two 18-hole championship courses. Palmer’s signature courses feature rolling fairways, well-maintained greens, along with wilderness areas full of cypress, pine and palm trees. Did you know… Saddlebrook Resort offers golf training for juniors and adults. Saddlebrook’s Golf Academy is one of Florida’s best golf schools lead by professional instructors, while the 16-acre Saddlebrook Golf Training Center offers a multifaceted training facility for resort guests, visitors and touring professionals.
Tee-off at the Ranch
Tommy Bolt, the winner of the 1958 U.S. Open, called Black Diamond Ranch home for several years. Citrus County’s Black Diamond Ranch makes an exception to the rules of Florida golf. Rarely, if ever, will you find a golf course with as much diversity as the Quarry Course, including dramatic changes in elevation, expansive natural sandy areas, occasional water features, gnarled live oaks, magnolias, palmettos and free flowing contours throughout. The 14th, 15th and 16th holes on the Quarry Course are carved over and around canyon walls of an abandoned limestone quarry. Did you know…there are 45 holes at the Club, all designed by Tom Fazio, one of the most respected golf course architects in the world. The Ranch Course is the second 18 at Black Diamond and features a pattern for the holes to flow across and through the changes in elevation. The 9-hole Highlands Course is as worthy and engaging as the Quarry and Ranch Courses, with its own distinctive character and charm.
A Hole in One Made Easy
Plantation on Crystal River recently announced the conversion of their ninehole Lagoons Course into a TaylorMade and PGA backed “Hack Golf” course – the only course offering the variation of the game in North Central Florida, and only one of the few courses statewide. At the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, Mark King, former CEO of TaylorMade Clubs, initiated the idea of “Hack Golf” to entice more players to a less frustrating, challenging, and therefore more enjoyable, game of golf. The first and most popular effort is transitioning courses from the standard four and one quarter inch cup to a much larger 15 inch cup. Did you know…the Plantation on Crystal River’s Original Golf School™ is among the top golf schools in Florida thanks to PGA Pro Jay Morelli, who has directed the school since it was founded in 1978. Originally from the North, Morelli has been rated the #1 Professional Instructor in Vermont and “New England PGA Teacher of the Year” by Golf Digest.
Golf on the Gulf
Play golf where the pros learn to play at Tanglewood Golf and Country Club. Do the names Boo Weekley, Bubba Watson and Heath Slocum ring a bell? These three pros, all graduates of Milton High School, all debuted simultaneously at The Masters Tournament in 2008, and began their junior careers at Tanglewood Golf and Country Club, in Milton, Florida in Santa Rosa County. Get to know the area and environment that gave rise to their careers – not just on the golf courses but all of Florida’s Playground from Historic Milton to the sugar-white sands of Navarre Beach. Did you know…you can “gulf” in the area, which is home to one of only ten national seashores? For eight pristine miles, the beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore remain untouched by development and are home to towering dunes, nesting sea turtles and other wildlife. With three great golf courses in the area including Tanglewood Golf and Country Club, Tiger Point Golf and Country Club, and the top rated public course in northwest Florida, The Club at Hidden Creek, you’ll have your fair share of picturesque fairways and awe-inspiring views to choose from.
Florida’s Golf Capital
The Palm Beaches is Florida’s Golf Capital®. Golfers of alllevels have 160 public and private courses to tee off. Many of these courses include the United States’ most acclaimed golf resorts, pro-designed executive and championship courses, leading PGA-sanctioned tournaments as well as being a haven for some of the world’s most famous golfers. The PGA National Resort & Spa is one of the top golf courses and resorts in The Palm Beaches. Originally designed by Tom and George Fazio for major tournament play, The Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa was redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1990 and now hosts the Honda Classic each spring on the PGA Tour. Each of the resort’s award-winning courses were recently updated with new turf, rebuilt bunkers, and expanded tee and green complexes. Did you know… the Palm Beaches have a nice collection of golf courses within designated parks? The Audubon International certified Osprey Point Golf Course is a 27-hole layout that opened in 2010 in Palm Beach County’s Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park. Palm Beach Gardens Municipal is carved out of the Loxahatchee Nature Preserve and was renovated in 2013. Meanwhile, the Red Reef Executive Course is adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean in Boca Raton’s Red Reef Municipal Park.
St. Petersburg and Clearwater’s challenging and beautiful courses offer PGA-approved fairways and a historical past. Innisbrook: A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort features the Copperhead course, where Jordan Speith, PGA Tour Player of the Year, won this year’s Valspar Golf Championship. Innisbrook’s five courses offer rolling hills, challenging elevations, and trees draped with Spanish moss to add to the ambience. For a course with a rich history, tee off at the Vinoy Club. Located in Snell Isle, one of St. Petersburg’s most picturesque and upscale neighborhoods, the course is just a mile-and-a-half away from the world-famous Vinoy Renaissance Resort. The 18-hole, par 71 course dates back to 1927, when Babe Ruth and his buddies were known to get in a few rounds during Spring Training. The Vinoy course was re-designed by renowned golf course architect Ron Garl, and put back into play in 1992. Did you know…the Dunedin Golf Club hosted 18 Senior PGA championships on its 18 holes, and was home to the PGA of America from 1945 to 1962. Designed by legendary course architect Donald Ross and opened on Jan. 1, 1927, Dunedin Golf Club has hosted a who’swho of links legends — Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Babe Zaharias among them.
1,220 Holes on Florida’s First Coast of Golf
Golfers looking to take advantage of pristine course conditions, affordable rates, and comfortable weather all year will need to look no further than Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, also known as Florida’s First Coast of Golf. 72 public and private courses on over 1,220 holes of golf await you to create unforgettable experiences and memories that last a lifetime. So bring your clubs and tee off at area courses designed by PGA greats. Golfers can retreat to traditional designs of the past on the Champions Club course at Julington Creek Golf Club, designed by PGA pro Steve Melnyk and Bob Walker. The Championship Club offers a challenging but playable experience for the advanced and average golfer, delivering quality golf to the public without sacrificing high standards and gracious amenities. Did you know…you can golf on the highest point in the Greater Jacksonville area at Hidden Hills Country Club? Redesigned by Arnold Palmer in 1986, Hidden Hills is carved into a hilly area that is the highest point on the map in the Greater Jacksonville area, with elevation and rolling fairways that are rarely seen in the Sunshine State.
Amen to Golf
Sunny Hills Golf Club in Washington County offers a traditional layout designed by golf legends Gene Sarazen and Ken Venturi. They have wide landing areas, large greens and the ability to “run the ball up” on all approach shots. Not to mention, the “Panhandle’s best golf value”, with overseeded fairways, tees and greens. The club features an extensive pro shop offering everything you need for a day out on the course and an excellent practice facility. Did you know… Unique to Sunny Hills Golf Club would be the golfers ability to play the Amen Corner where holes 7, 8 and 9 are set up to replicate the three most famous holes in golf, Amen Corner.
PGA Owned and Operated
Port St. Lucie’s PGA Golf Club is owned and operated by The PGA of America, offering course conditions and service levels that commensurate with the PGA Brand. The PGA Golf Club recently underwent a massive overhaul and debuted a 20,000 square-foot revamped clubhouse. The facility has more than doubled in size from the original clubhouse, which first opened its doors in 1996. The expanded clubhouse features elements of style that reflect the PGA of America’s rich history, including a “PGA Gallery” which exhibits notable trophies and artifacts that trace nearly 100 years of PGA’s legacy. The new facility boasts added dining space, a new pub, covered outdoor seating and gorgeous course views. The Wanamaker Course, named in honor of Rodman Wanamaker, who in 1916 inspired the birth of The PGA of America, also underwent recent enhancements, with celebration grass added to its fairways. Did you know…PGA Golf Club is one of the best resorts to learn more about the game of golf? The PGA Golf Club has the best in golf training and teaching at the state-of-the-art 35- acre PGA Learning Center. The course offers golfers daily clinics and instruction by PGA Professionals. Those seeking a history lesson can visit the PGA Museum of Golf to learn all about the PGA’s storied existence.
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