The Crazy But True Story Behind This New Oregon Park’s Name

There’s a brand new park in the seaside town of Florence, and it has the craziest name you’ve ever heard. Even more crazy? The true story that happened here in 1970. If you haven’t heard how Exploding Whale Memorial Park got its name, you’re about to find out.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here: onlyinyourstate.com/nominate

Today, when whale carcasses wash up on Oregon coast beaches, they’re immediately buried.

Exploding Whale Memorial Park is nestled on the banks of the Siuslaw River, and has a nice walking path and put-in access for canoes and kayaks. Visitors also enjoy grassy areas, picnic shelters, and views of the dunes across the river.

Do you remember when the exploding whale incident happened here in Florence? Share your memories with us in the comments.

Address: Florence, OR 97439, USA