Ultimate Guide to Life in Foley

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Foley Established in 1915

So you’re thinking about moving to Foley, huh?  What an exciting time for you to be relocating to a new area. Foley happens to be a hub for shopping and restaurants for lower Alabama. In addition to that, the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are just a short drive away. Whether you’re moving from another state or just from a nearby city, taking up new roots can be a little overwhelming.  

That’s the very reason why this page was created for you. Below you’ll find a comprehensive resource, The Ultimate Guide to Life in Foley AL. 

Here’s What You’ll Find Below:

  • Facts and Figures
  • Strong Economy and Jobs
  • Thriving Community
  • Things to Do
  • Easy Commute
  • Restaurants and Entertainment
  • Weather and Climate
  • Public Safety
  • Schools and Programs
  • Real Estate
  • Final Thoughts

Foley Welcome Center

Ultimate Guide to Life in Foley

To find this information anywhere else, you would have to comb through a few dozen different websites and search through each page to find what you’re looking for about Foley. Here you’re going to find a ton of information on 110 categories, all in one place. Let’s get started . . .

Foley Facts and Figures

Facts and figures about a city can be a little mundane, but I think it’s important to know where Foley is at and where it’s going.

  • Population: 17,607
  • Total Area: 31.33 square miles
  • Median Home Price: $167,398
  • Median Household Income: $46,578
  • Sales Tax: 10%
  • State Income Tax: 5%
  • Median Age: 47.2
  • Average Commute Time: 23 minutes

With a population of 17,607, Foley is the 3rd largest city in Baldwin County behind Daphne (25,913) and Fairhope (19,421). One interesting fact about population in the area is that Baldwin County cities hold 4 of the top 5 fastest growing cities in the entire state, including Foley, Gulf Shores, Daphne, and Fairhope. Foley was 3rd on the list with a growth of 20.45%.

Out of 194 cities in Alabama, Foley is ranked #54 for Best Places to Live.

Foley Niche Grade

Here are a couple of reviews taken from Niche.com:

Foley Review


Foley Review


Foley AL is located in the southern section of Baldwin County, just north of Gulf Shores and the Gulf of Mexico. Learn more about local routes in the Easy Commute section below.

Foley Map

Foley Strong Economy and Jobs

The Cost of Living in Foley is 8.5% lower than the national average.


Foley Jobs by Industry

  • Retail trade – 21%
  • Construction – 20%
  • Manufacturing – 9%
  • Accommodation and Food – 7%
  • Professional, scientific, and technical – 6%
  • Real estate, renting, and leasing – 6%
  • Healthcare and social assistance – 5%

The area of Daphne, Fairhope, and Foley was ranked 7th in the nation for creating jobs.

Major Employers in Foley are:

  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • South Baldwin Regional Medical Center
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • Ascend Materials
  • Riveria Utilities

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Foley Thriving Community

Since the incorporation of Foley in 1915, the city has continued to grow through today. The biggest explosion of growth occurred through the years 2000 and 2010 where the city witnessed a 92% increase in population. From 2010 to 2017, Foley remains one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama with a population increase of 20.4%.

The ever-increasing popularity of the Gulf Coast has caused Foley to fill a demand of people wanting to move closer to our beautiful beaches. In order to fill that demand, Foley had to answer with new developed neighborhoods and a thriving business community. In addition to the increase of new residents, tourism in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach also continues to grow with Foley being the last city you enter before hitting the beach (just 8 miles away). In 2016, over 6 million people visited our white sandy beaches with nearly all of them having to travel directly through the thriving city of Foley.

So how did Foley answer the demand?

Tanger Outlets Mall

Foley Tanger Outlets Mall

Well in addition to the hundreds of locally-owned businesses and restaurants that were already present, Tanger Outlets Mall was added to the mix providing over 600,000 square feet for 120 national and internationally well-known stores to Foley shoppers. 

2601 S Mckenzie Street
Foley, Alabama 36535
Phone: (251) 943-9303

Tanger Outlets Mall is an attractive outdoor shopping mall located in the heart of the business district on the east side of Route 59. They pride themselves in offering the most popular brands while saving customers money at the same time. You’ll find stores in just about every category including:

  • Accessories & Jewelry
  • Apparel
  • Children’s Apparel
  • Food
  • Footware
  • Housewares & Home Furnishings
  • Services
  • Specialty

Click here to see the full list of stores of Tanger Outlets in Foley.

OWA Family Theme Park

Foley OWA Entrance

One of the most exciting additions to the Foley business community was the OWA Family Theme Park.  In 2017, OWA (which means “big water”) opened Phases 1 and 2 of a 5-Phase mega-project consisting of a huge amusement park, unique shopping, and restaurants.  

Here are some of the highlights of this 520-acre master-planned business development:

  • Located at the intersection of County Road 20 and the Foley Beach Expressway (You won’t miss it!).
  • The amusement park portion of the entire project is 14 acres
  • 21 rides ranging from kiddie rides to a massive rollarcoaster
  • With 800 feet of track, the Rollin’ Thunder Rollercoaster is one of the longest in the country.
  • There are 3 “thrill” rides
  • Amusement games
  • Family-friendly dining and entertainment
  • 14-acre lake with a 1.5-acre island
  • The island includes a 400=seat outdoor amphitheater
  • Lake amenities include boat rentals and fountain shows
  • 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites
  • 154,000 square feet of retail, dining, and entertainment space
  • The economic impact will average $244 million to the county and will bring an additional 7% of all tourist spending
  • OWA will increase the area’s payroll by $78 million

Foley Rollercoaster

The Foley Sports Tourism Complex

Foley Sports Complex

Interconnected with the OWA Theme Park is the City of Foley’s $40 million dollar sports complex with 16 state-of-the-art outdoor sporting fields and a 90,000-square-foot indoor sports events complex.

The 16 natural grass fields are multi-functional and will attract sporting events from all over, including championship soccer, lacrosse, archery, ultimate frisbee, and a myriad of other sports. The championship field contains upgraded lighting for television broadcasts, a press box, and stadium seating.

The huge indoor sports complex will host gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, and a lot more.  This facility will also be perfect for trade shows and conventions. 

Check out the calendar for upcoming sporting events held at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex.

The Foley Sports Tourism Complex will, no doubt, fill a need for the southeast and provide a facility that will match that which you would find at Disney.

Foley Sports Tourism Complex Fields

Foley Sports Tourism Complex

So if you’re moving to Foley, just know that the city is thriving and can only go up from here.  You may be concerned about the crowds but don’t worry too much.  There are plenty of places in and around Foley to relax and rewind too.

Foley is also updating hundreds of acres of waterfront property that will be perfect for outdoor activities, camping, and hiking.

Foley Things to Do

Once you have moved to Foley, you’ll find that there’s so much going on other than shopping, OWA, and sports. Take a look at other activities to keep you busy.

Foley Things to Do

Alabama Model Railroad Museum and Train Depot

For model railroad enthusiasts, this place is for you! It’s been open since 2007 and is located in downtown Foley. Admission is free.

Holmes Medical Museum

The Holmes Medical Museum is located in what was the county’s first hospital. You’ll find an interesting display of medical artifacts from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s.

The Foley Art Center

Represented by over 150 artists from the southeast, the Foley Art Center features original art including prints, stained glass, candles, fused glass, sculpture, and much more.

Heritage Antique Mall

Located at 802 S McKenzie Street in downtown Foley, you’ll find a large collection of antiques in this 12,000 square foot Antique Mall.

The Gulf Bowl

The bowling alley of the area is located at 2881 S Juniper St.

FootGolf Foley FootGolf

The newest sporting trend has hit lower Alabama – FootGolf. It’s a combination of soccer and golf, located at the Glenlakes Golf Course.

Disc Golf

Disc (or Frisbee) Golf is popular all over the country, including Foley. There are 2 full disc courses located at the Graham Creek Natural Reserve. Follow this link for exact location and instructions.

Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market

Located at 20733 Miflin Rd, this Farmers and Fishermens Market is THE place to go for fresh vegetables and seafood in southern Alabama.

Foley Farmers Market

Golf Courses of Foley

Gulf Links – 18 holes with 4,034 yards and a driving range.

Glenlakes – 18 holes with 6,938 yards and the 9 holes with 3,065 yards.

Foley Parks

Graham Creek Nature PreserveThe Reserve contains 484 acres of natural habitat for hiking, biking, nature watching, picnicking, and canoeing. Located at 23030 Wolf Bay Drive.

Foley Kayaking

Wilbourne Antique Rose Trail – Find hundreds of various roses in downtown Foley one block east of Route 59 beginning on Violet Ave.

The Foley Dog Park – Located at 200 E. Orange Ave. Open from dusk until dawn, you find areas for large and small dogs, water for your pets, benches, and shade.

Wolf Creek Park – This is a current project that underway for canoeing, picnicking, and fishing. Located off of Route 20 on Hance Lane.

Heritage Park – This 6-acre park is used for many outdoor city events and is located with the Foley Depot Museum, Model Train Exhibit, and the pavilion.

Max Griffin Park – Home to the first public swimming pool in Foley. Located at 300 Roosevelt Ave.

John B. Foley Park – Sits next to Heritage Park and is the near the newly constructed pedestrian bridge.

Cedar Street Park – Includes a basketball court, 4 lighted tennis courts, baseball fields, playground, and pavilion. Located at 901 North Cedar Street.

Foley Kids Park – Built by volunteers and enjoyed by many. Located in Max Griffin Park.

Foley Kids Park

Aaronville Ball Park – Softball and baseball fields and large gazebo. Located off of W. Michigan Ave.

Florence B. Mathis Park – Public pool that includes a shaded playground. Located on South Cedar Street.

Beulah Heights Park – Playground, tennis courts, basketball court, softball and baseball fields, and covered pavilion. Located at 809 East Jefferson Ave.

Evans Park – Open green space just south of Foley High School.

Ralph Shumacher Soccer Park – Lighted soccer fields at 18507 US Hwy 98.

Raymond C. Christensen Sportsplex – Huge area with 10 baseball and softball fields and large public playground. Located at 1250 Cater Lee Way.

Foley Horse Arena – The horse arena is used for an annual rodeo along with barrel racing through the year. Located at 113 East Rosetta Ave.

Foley Skate Park – Enjoy 6,000 square feet of a hubba ledge, 2 quarter pipes, 2 grind rails, a half pipe, and stairs. Located in Max Griffin Park.

Foley Skatepark

Foley Easy Commute

Most people who move to Foley probably all love the beach but more than likely they’re moving due to a new job or they are retired. Route 59 is the most direct route that runs from the beach, through Foley, and all the way north to Interstate 10. Through this main thoroughfare, you would be able to reach all of the major cities and towns of Baldwin County. On the other hand, the fastest way to Interstate 10 is via the new Foley Beach Expressway. Take a look.

Foley Commute Map

This example is using Downtown Foley as a starting point, making a drive to Spanish Fort. You can see that the left route is the one you would take if you wanted to visit Fairhope or Daphne. The middle route takes you through the smaller towns of Baldwin County like Summerdale, Robertsdale, and Loxley. All three routes will take you to Interstate 10, but the fastest is by using the Foley Beach Expressway (the blue route).

Of course, this is showing routes going north but if you could see below this picture you’d find that the beach is just about 12 miles away.

Let’s look at some distances to popular areas:

  • Orange Beach – 17.1 miles
  • Gulf Shores – 11.7 miles
  • Fairhope – 20.6 miles
  • Daphne – 25.5 miles
  • Spanish Fort – 27.9 miles
  • Mobile – 36.6 miles
  • Pensacola – 30 miles

So as you can see, even though Foley is located in “lower Alabama”, it’s really not a far drive at all to go anywhere in the county.

Foley Restaurants and Entertainment


Lambert’s Cafe III2981 S McKenzie St251-943-7655
Groovy Goat106A S Owa Blvd251-999-4628
Island Dogs3820 S McKenzie St251-215-9182
Doc Holliday’s203 N Cypress St251-943-3151
Down South Barbeque19891 County Rd 10251-955-6622
Moe’s Original Bar B Que20733 Miflin Rd251-923-0079
Chick & Sea Foods1127 N McKenzie St251-943-8443
Stacey Drugs & Olde Tyme Soda121 W Laurel Ave251-943-7191
The Wacked Out Weiner215 E Laurel Ave251-971-9225
Wahlburgers105 S Owa Blvd 
Gift Horse Restaurant209 W Laurel Ave251-943-3663
Dinner Bell Kitchen & Smokehouse11487 County Rd 65251-752-1268
O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar3060 S McKenzie St251-943-3181
Cracker Barrel3150 S McKenzie St251-943-7060
Summit Grill1301 N McKenzie St251-943-6835
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill2409 S McKenzie St251-943-6006
Ruby Tuesday2500 S McKenzie St251-971-2800
IHOP1605 S McKenzie St251-207-2700
Honeybaked Ham Cafe2770 S McKenzie St251-923-4361
Walt’s2601 S McKenzie St251-943-5800
Magnolia River Bar & Grill14984 US Hwy 98251-965-6801
Roger’s Backroad Bar B Q11487 County Rd 65251-233-4272
Racks BBQ2147 S McKenzie St251-952-7225
Stews to Go2601 S McKenzie St251-971-8646
A La Carte Katy’s1500 S McKenzie St251-943-7427
Cahall’s Deli105 W Orange Ave251-970-3030
Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppe2159 S McKenzie St318-446-3026
Round Back Sandwich Shop107 W Orange Ave251-943-4712
Day Break Deli120 W Berry Ave251-971-3354
Courtyard Cafe105 W Orange Ave251-943-9273
Betty Lou’s Restaurant12456 Sandy Ln251-986-7980
Waffle House2660 S McKenzie St251-943-3813
Waffle House 12615 Foley Beach Expressway251-943-5411


Fish River Grill 2608 S McKenzie St251-952-3474
Wolf Bay Lodge20801 Miflin Rd251-987-5129
Shrimp Basket1500 S McKenzie St251-943-6643
Captain’s ChoiceLocated in The Gulf Bowl (bowling alley)251-943-4575
Mama Tls Fish’N Chicken201 E Michigan Ave 


The Forge Pizzeria21040 Miflin Rd251-955-1233
Portabellas321 S McKenzie St251-943-7773
Gelato Joe’s202A E Michigan Ave251-971-5637
Mellow Mushroom2303 S McKenzie St251-970-1414
Mama Mia Pizzeria246 W Laurel Ave251-971-7492
Papa Murphy’s2062 S McKenzie St251-970-7272
Bella Pizza2601 S McKenzie St251-943-7361
Papa’s Pizza321 B S McKenzie St251-943-3330
Italian Wise Guyz Grill1518 N McKenzie St251-943-9489
Fox’s Pizza Den1508 S McKenzie St251-971-3697
Dibella’s Pizza2601 S McKenzie St251-943-7361
Domino’s Pizza713 S McKenzie St251-970-1010
Pizza Hut1350 S McKenzie St251-943-8561


Central Taqueria1500 S McKenzie St 
Taqueria La Cabana201 E Michigan Ave251-747-6663
El Paso Mexican Grill3191 S McKenzie St251-943-3316
Vallarta Mexican Restaurant1145 S McKenzie St251-971-1399
Los Tacos740 W Laurel Ave251-971-8226
Central Tiqueria1508 S McKenzie St251-943-3436
Ooh La La2601 S McKenzie St251-962-9696
Margarita’s Tortilleria Y Taqueria1331 S Commercial Dr251-971-1010
Argentango Grill116 N Alston St251-943-8555


Rock n Roll Sushi2601 S McKenzie St251-943-4648
Ichiban Japanese Steak House2167 S McKenzie St251-971-8770
Peng Garden Chinese Restaurant1404 S McKenzie St251-943-2600
Dragon City1220 S McKenzie St251-952-1688
Panda Express2230 S McKenzie St251-943-9988
Jade Garden2630 S McKenzie St251-943-2988
Hunan Chinese Restaurant306 E Laurel Ave251-943-3909
Mr Wok2601 S McKenzie St251-943-4421

Other International

Oxente Brazilian Grill8272 Hwy 59 S251-943-7904
Gyromayers2847 S Pine St 
John’s Gyro & Mediterranean121 W Orange Ave251-970-2268
Desmond’s Taste of Jamaica214 W Laurel Ave251-970-3287

Fast Food

Foosackly’s2420 S McKenzie St251-970-2412
Whataburger3141 S McKenzie St251-943-1692
Five Guys3117 S McKenzie St251-970-1200
Chick-fil-A3013 S McKenzie St251-971-6505
Sonic2401 S McKenzie St251-943-9741
Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen1710 S McKenzie St251-970-2425
Zaxby’s Chicken707 S McKenzie St251-943-0400
Firehouse Subs167 9th Ave251-986-7827
Wendy’s2501 S McKenzie St251-943-1656
Cici’s Pizza3061 S McKenzie St251-970-3242
McDonald’s1010 S McKenzie St251-943-6960
Hardee’s2935 S McKenzie St251-943-5960
Rally’s2150 S McKenzie St251-943-6478
Dairy Queen1270 S McKenzie St251-597-6943
Burger King910 S McKenzie St251-943-2105
Little Caesar’s Pizza613 S McKenzie St251-970-1382
Taco Bell1165 S McKenzie St251-943-6212
Arby’s2420 S McKenzie St251-971-1331
Krystal2400 S McKenzie St251-943-6101
KFC2460 S McKenzie St251-943-3100
Subway610 S McKenzie St251-943-4333
McDonald’s1295 Walk Magnolia Dr251-970-2121
Subway1159 N McKenzie St251-943-8951

Foley Weather and Climate

Foley Average Temperature

Source: WeatherSpark

The hot season lasts from May 23rd through September 27 with an average daily high of 84 degrees. July 23rd is the hottest day of the year with an average high of 90 degrees.

The cool season lasts from December 3rd through February 28th with an average high of 67 degrees. The coldest day of the year in Foley is January 29th with an average low of 42 degrees.

Foley Humidity

The season that feels the most muggy lasts from April 16th through October 24th. The muggiest day of the year is July 23rd with 98% humidity.

The least muggy day of the year has 3% humidity and is January 29th.

Foley Public Safety

Foley Police Department

The Foley Police Department is comprised of 65 sworn officers who operate 4 patrol shifts, a bike unit, a K-9  unit, a Special Response Team, Detective Unit, and many more programs.  

Foley gets a lower score on crime than the other major cities in Baldwin County but according to the Chief of Police, 75% of the crime in Foley is theft.  Foley is a retail-driven city and much of this crime is shoplifting.

The good news is, violent crime is lower than the national average. In fact, there hasn’t been a murder in Foley in 7 years.  

With the growth that Foley has had and will continue to have, the police department is working hard to keep Foley’s quality of life where it needs to be.

Foley Police Department
200 East Section Street

Foley Schools and Programs

Foley High School

Foley High School

1 Pride Place

Students: 1,818

Ratio: 19:1

Foley Middle School

201 N Pine Street

Students: 683

Ratio: 19:1

Foley Intermediate School

2000 S Cedar Street

Students: 441

Ratio: 21:1

Foley Elementary School

200 N Cedar Street

Students: 1,370

Ratio: 19:1

Magnolia School

1 Jaguar Loop

Students: 700

Ratio: 18:1

Foley Football Helmet

Foley Real Estate

Foley Real Estate

Have you been thinking about moving? If so, I’m your Foley Realtor!  I’ve been selling homes for 13 years and would love the opportunity to work with you. I want to know what’s important to you for your next home and what kind of areas are appealing. Do you prefer to be “off the beaten path” or walking distance to everything? My specialty is residential real estate, and I can help you find the best home for you at the best possible price.

If you’re moving to Foley, there’s good news. Despite the explosion of growth, Foley has some of the best home prices in the entire county.

Here are some other real estate links for Foley:

All Foley Neighborhoods – Here’s an extensive list of all neighborhoods in the city, including links showing what homes are for sale in those neighborhoods.

All Foley Single Family Homes for Sale by Price


$100,000 to $200,000 – $200,000 to $300,000 – $300,000 to $400,000
$400,000 to $500,000 – $500,000 to $600,000 – $600,000 to $1,000,000


Foley Final Thoughts

I believe that the majority of people who move to Foley do so to be closer to the beach. Living in Foley, however, gives them an opportunity to buy a nice home that is far less per square foot than living in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  

If you’re moving to Foley, I built this page for you! I hope you found some value in this long article. Please contact me if you need any other information about the city or if you want to know more about Foley real estate.  Real estate is what I do and I know it well.


About the author: The above Real Estate information on Moving to Foley was provided by Jeff Nelson of IXL Real Estate – Eastern Shore. Jeff can be reached via email at jeff@livegulfshoreslocal.com or by phone at 251-654-2523. Jeff has helped people move in and out of properties for nearly 13 years.

Thinking about selling your home? I have a passion for Real Estate and would love to share my marketing expertise!

I service Real Estate sales in Baldwin County, including the cities of Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach.

This content is not the product of the National Association of REALTORS®, and may not reflect NAR's viewpoint or position on these topics and NAR does not verify the accuracy of the content.