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Blue Whale of Catoosa

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Address: Route 66, Catoosa, OK 74015
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Iconic Route 66 Landmark

I have seen pictures and read about this famous whale. I did not know where exactly it was located, but when I saw it I remembered it immediately. The whale itself is somewhat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 25, 2015
Adrian H
Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to go into the gift shop and learn the history before walking in the Blue Whale. If it were revitalized and then advertised, it would be a wonderful outing for families with younger children.

Thank Christy L
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have fond memories of swimming here but it is not a tourist attraction. Its a neat place to stop over for a picture on your way to something else.

Thank Tim B
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is useless its a old crusty whale and you look at it and then leave.worthless Oklahoma ignorance

Thank Oxy C
Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I have seen pictures and read about this famous whale. I did not know where exactly it was located, but when I saw it I remembered it immediately. The whale itself is somewhat dated, and shows very obvious signs of weathering. But it is still a fun family stop to take pictures and perhaps pick up a souvenir in the... More 

Thank Adrian H
Fairland, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Thus attraction has been in Catoosa for as long as I can remember. The blue whale is a great sight to see on the route 66 through Rogers county. Although you are not allowed to swim there any linger. You can stop and pic-nic or just relax. Nice stop.good jub historical.society or whomever keeps the place up.

Thank Kelly B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

In the early 1960's Hugh Davis had an alligator farm in Catoosa Oklahoma. It was legal to sell alligator hides then and it also served as a tourist attraction. There were several ponds and the one where the blue whale now sits was outside of the gator farm fence. We often swam there and paddled around in two old dugout... More 

Thank vandoo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Love this place , so intresting, great story behind the whale! Gift shop is fun! A must see!, please stop and see it if your near by! It's fun for a place to stop and eat or picnic,

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Campton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

What a great stop! The whale has been wonderfully restored and the park is well kept. I wish swimming was allowed but the nostalgia is there and it is a must see.

Thank ChristineNH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

Stopped there on our way back from the Grand Canyon and Sedona. The park is being lovingly kept up by family members of the original ownder and volunteers. Linda was there manning the gift shop and was a weath of information on the history of the park and the amazing history of the founder of the park. This place used... More 

Thank ranman448
Tulsa, OK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Depending on the time of year, the Blue Whale has a variety of things going on. There's a farmers' market in the spring, and Molly's Tamales (plus a couple of other food trucks), year-round. My kids thought the whale was cool, but really wanted to swim in the pond. ;) No swimming. Bummer.

Thank Carrie101

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