Raise your hand if you think we've had too many Halloween updates lately!!!
Well, we aren't gonna raise our hand, but we know some of you feel that way.
Why don't we take a break from Halloween and look at a fun road trip Renee recently took to some out of the way parks in Alabama and Florida!!
Written by Renée Girard
Today we’re on a random road trip in the south! First stop of the day is The Track in Gulf Shores, AL.
We’re here for the spinning coaster! Park #1 of the day completed.
Next stop, The Park at Owa! Unfortunately it opens an hour later than advertised on the website, which puts a slight dent in our schedule, but we’ll make it work!
It looks like they’re getting ready for Halloween festivities.
There are some nice places at OWA, almost like a mini CityWalk. We decided to grab some drinks at the Groovy Goat.
We’re in! The Park is really nice. Everything looks great and clean.
First coaster ride at OWA is crazy mouse. Whoa, this thing can spin!
There is a decent selection of flat rides here as well.
Southern Express is the kiddie coaster at OWA . Might as well get a ride on it!
And then there’s Rollin’ Thunder, which one of our friends accurately described as the equivalent to being pushed in a shopping cart.
On to our next park!! The main reason for this trip, Waterville USA for the final weekend of Cannonball Run. Got our first and last rides in today.
Our final stop of our coaster tour in the south in Sam’s Fun City in Pensacola, FL.
We talked our way on to the Miner Mike kiddie coaster at Sam’s Fun City. A new low, but hey, why not when you travel a great distance.
And finally, to conclude our trip, we rode the Emerald Coaster at Sams Fun City, which only opened at the top of the hour, so getting another beer was the obvious choice. The coaster was surprisingly smooth!
We hope you enjoyed this look at some out of the way parks!! We'll get back to our regularly scheduled Halloween updates tomorrow. =)
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Once you park, you head down to the tunnel under I95.
Food and drinks to fuel the day
Waterpark opening soon
A really fun park included with admission.
Just inside the gate
To the left- the train depot, to the right, the Carousel.
Right at the center of things- you can rent strollers, wheelchairs, and ECVs here.
Good to know- you can do your shopping for souvenirs without missing out on ride time.
Great deal for feeding a family here.
Phantasm at Theater of Illusion is an excellent magic show, too.
Waiting for opening
We're held right at the entrance to the Country Carnival portion of the park.
Words to live by
This is a pretty park, with plenty of flowers
The ice cream is ENORMOUS and yummy, and they've got well maintained pinball machines and arcade games. I will not detail just how much I spent playing TRON and Whirlwind pinball.
My favorite ride at this park is Tremors. It's got some fun signage along the ride.
This is a fun drop ride. This bird just kept circling.
Tremors - An excellent wooden rollercoaster that uses tunnels and low turns to feel even faster than it really is.
Tremors and Spin Cycle - This is one of the backdrops on my computer - two great rides in one shot
They mean it!
Camp scene - Detail along the pathway
Thunder Canyon - A thoroughly soaking rapids ride.
This classic ride still gets quite a lot of riders.
For the Arrow fans out there.
This is the curve leading to the double inversion
Detail at the Train Depot
A beautiful Porter engine pulls in to the station
Absolutely beautiful engine, cared for nicely.
Main Street Theatre - Showing Three Stooges movies makes me REALLY love this place.
This isn't just a loop around the park- it's an adventure. There are a lot of things to take in while aboard the train, so be sure to listen up.
One of the first things you'll spot from aboard the train.
Be on the lookout! Sasquatch sightings!
I believe he found one
Supplies! Feel free to beat me for that joke, at your next convenience.
Um, you MIGHT want to look behind you.
Sasquatch is just hungry
Then there's the Faerie Woods...
View of Aftershock and Tremors from the train
Excellent drop ride. Feels like it isn't gonna stop at the bottom.
Timber Terror - A good 'starter woodie' that is fun for any kind of coaster rider.
This is a wicked ride! It swings back and forth, while turning around. Then it goes OVER the top- sometimes you wind up upside down, and still turning around the outside of the ring- pretty wild ride.
Great flatride collection - In this shot, you can see the Paratrooper and Bumper Boats.
At the end of the day... Back down to the tunnel back to the parking lot (or Campgrounds/RV Center if you're staying there)
We'll be back soon, with more photos of more of the park.