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.

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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