Blue Whale

Blue Whale 2680 N Hwy 66
Catoosa, OK 74015

Phone: 918-694-7390
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The Blue Whale in Catoosa has become a beloved historic landmark along Route 66. The Blue Whale was originally built by Hugh S. Davis, a zoologist and family man who envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time.

After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from ...

The Blue Whale in Catoosa has become a beloved historic landmark along Route 66. The Blue Whale was originally built by Hugh S. Davis, a zoologist and family man who envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time.

After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked. It is still owned and operated by Davis' daughter, though swimming is no longer available. Over the years, there have been many efforts to refurbish the whale with new paint and facilities.

Pack a picnic lunch and head to the Blue Whale for a fun-filled day of fishing. This quirky attraction also has seasonal restroom facilities. Explore the different angles of this jovial concrete mammal and you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head. This area has been a family favorite for generations and continues to be a must-see for any traveler on Route 66.

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  • Facility Amenities: Gift Shop

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Advance Group Reservations Required, Bus/Motorcoach Parking, Tour Group Welcome Reception

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): I-44, Route 66, US-412

  • Tour Information: Guided Tours, Self-guided tours

Open daily, 8am-dark.

Located 1 mile north of Catoosa on Rt 66 on west side of highway.

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Blaine Davis




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From Andrea on 06/08/15

My favorite memory as a child was passing the Blue Whale on the way to see my grandparents.. to this day and almost 40 yes old I still get excited when I pass it.but now I stop with my kids and walk around on my way to my grams..


From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/08/15

Robin, unfortunately the Blue Whale is no longer open for swimming, but it's still a great place for picnics and photos ops! Best wishes and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From robin on 04/08/15

Can we swim in the pond or is it closed for swimming?


From TravelOK.com Staff on 07/11/14

Amy, you are more than welcome to go inside the whale! Have a great trip and thank you for using TravelOK.com!


From Amy on 07/11/14

Can you still go inside the whale?


From Suzette Murphy on 06/11/12

Loved this place... Got there right before special event,however owner was nice enough to invite us in.. Came all way from Como Ms doing Route 66 to CA! Very special place, saw it on post cards as a kid and now finally here!!! Loved it! Thank You for keeping it around for all to enjoy..


From daniel harkness on 04/05/11

me and my mother and sister were at the whale last friday . made a video and took some photos. why has this land mark been made into a swiming hole agian. i think they should do something with it . the have done a good job on painting and keeping the grounds and bathrooms up. i just think it be great if kids could have the blue whale a swiming hole agian.. still its a nice place to vist i plan to go back for more photos next weeknd. so i can put them on facebook..


From Ashley on 12/11/10

I LOVE this place! It's definitely a must see!


 
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