Blue Whale of Catoosa

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moviegal226
Las Vegas, NV3,997 contributions
Dec 2020
To rate this iconic Route 66 landmark anything less than 5 stars should be a punishable offense! Having traveled the Mother Road many times before, I remember when the Blue Whale was in a sad state of disrepair. It broke my heart back then, so it's no surprise I actually started getting teary-eyed when I visited in October on a road trip! This adorable fellow has been carefully renovated to his original glory, and he's so handsome and photogenic.

We spent the night nearby so we could see him during the daylight hours, and it was worth it. We arrived early and took some fantastic pictures since we were the only tourists there. The park is open to the public and free, so you can wander around at your leisure.

You can walk into the whale for photo ops, and marvel at his tail that once doubled as a slide into the pond below. I wouldn't recommend swimming here, and the signs forbid it (no fishing allowed either).

Be sure to walk across the way and visit the old ark attraction. There's a weird mushroom garden too that looks like some sort of creepy ritual circle, ha ha.

Back to the whale: I climbed on and explored for about 30 minutes, taking photos with a huge smile on my face. And here's the best part -- this dapper blue fellow IS EVEN WEARING A BASEBALL CAP!

There are some cute picnic tables with little whale details (it was far too cold and rainy for a picnic that morning or I would've totally sat there), and a nifty directional sign with mile markers to other Route 66 landmarks.

Don't forget to drop some cash into the donation bucket before you leave. We put our last $20 in, but visiting this iconic Oklahoma landmark truly was priceless to me.
Written May 13, 2021
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Douglas R
Springfield, MO162 contributions
Mar 2022
This is an interesting place to stop. I would recommend it if you are traveling on Rte. 66 (although not worth making a special trip to go out of the way). There is a picnic area and a small trail. The whale itself has two places where there are two floors. To get to the upper floors, there are ladders, so that part is not handicap accessible. At the tail of the whale, the upper floor has no safety railings, so it is not a place to mess around. Swimming is not allowed, but since the whale has slides to the water, I assume at one point, swimming was allowed.
Written March 22, 2022
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Susan M
Davenport, IA228 contributions
Jan 2020
The Blue Whale is one of those oddities that travelers along Route 66 seek out during their pilgrimage of one of America's great highways. However it's worth the trip for anyone visiting the Tulsa area. It was built by a man as a gift for his wife who collected whale figurines. Alongside a swimming pond it was first used by his family and eventually they began charging a fee for the public to swim there. There is a diving board at one end of the whale and two small slides on both sides. There is no swimming allowed now but you can walk inside the whale and there is a path around the pond where fishing is allowed. We visited in early January, the "off" season, so the Gift Shop was closed, which was the only disappointment.
Written January 26, 2020
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Herman02
Phoenix, AZ361 contributions
Jul 2021
It's a bit of fun along Route 66. Not really a 66 icon, in the fact, it was actually built in the 70's, but a quirky fun stop non the less. Yes, you can park and go inside and imagine how it was with all the kids of the area jumping and swimming and having a grand time. The day I was there, some young people (4,5,6) were visiting and spotted several turtles out and about in the water doing their turtle things.
Written August 8, 2021
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Mason D
1 contribution
Sep 2019
Blue Whale of Catoosa is a good family stop. It is for kids and teens, they can rest and experience a historical landmark along Route 66. The historic route shows big cities how many miles it is from the current location all the way to Chicago. I enjoyed being inside the whale it was a great experience, it is worth taking family photos. Since Oklahoma has no ocean property it is fun to see a giant smiling whale when driving Route 66. The visit can last 15 minutes or an hour. I highly recommend this place located on Route 66 or if you are in Oklahoma having family fun. If you have not been there, go and see it. It is something everyone should see it at least once.
Written April 9, 2020
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flosventure
Arizona147 contributions
Jul 2021
It's a very nice stop along Route 66 with an old trading post across the street. There are bathrooms, a pole with signage to all the Route 66 stops, and a small lake in which you'll find the whale. Definitely great photo op!
Written August 3, 2021
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Mary M
Tulsa, OK1,586 contributions
May 2020
Was tired of being cooped up in the house in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, so I took a small road trip one beautiful spring day to visit the Blue Whale in Catoosa, OK.

The Blue Whale is located on historic US Route 66, and is visible from the Road. It was only about a 15 minute drive from my home in midtown Tulsa.

The Whale sits in a lovely pond, surrounded by trees. Swimming in the pond is not allowed, but you may walk inside the Whale if you wish. There are several picnic benches, as well as a snack bar (which was closed during my visit due to COVID) and bathroom facilities. I think families and kids of all ages would enjoy stopping for a picnic alongside the historic Blue Whale.
Written August 12, 2020
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Jim B
Grapeview, WA1,212 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is another one of those sights you drive Route 66 to see. This one just makes me smile when I look at the smiling whale. It is fairly well kept up, compared to some of the other sights along the highway. Doesn't take long to stop and experience. It's fun to stand in the whale and imagine what things must have been like in it's prime.
Written March 6, 2020
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Jewell N
Tulsa, OK44 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Spent the day taking in the sites around Tulsa. Wanted to share the Blue Whale with our Granddaughter. Ispent may summers swimming here as a teen. It’s a nice place to stop and enjoy this land mark.
Written September 18, 2021
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NPS_Traveler
Indianapolis, IN109 contributions
Oct 2020
While built in the 1970s which some might consider the fading days of Route 66, it seems this spot has become a Mother Road icon. It used to be a real swimming hole, but now the water is just for looking. I researched this before our family travels, and thought the site would be one of those places that gets a lot of attention but doesn't really deserve it. I didn't feel this way at all when I visited. The kids (ages 6 to 10) enjoyed exploring the whale, climbing up the tail, and climbing up the inner level. The gift shop was closed when we were there on a late Friday afternoon in mid-October. There are picnic tables for those who want to stop and eat a cooler-packed meal.

Maybe not something you go out of your way for, but it's a nice fun stop with a chance to stretch your legs. And a chance to see an attraction along the Mother Road.
Written November 20, 2020
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