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Canton, Ohio: Willie The Whale

Willie is dilapidated, and the last surviving attraction from a 1950s Mother Goose park. His open mouth appears to be used as an improvised shelter. Don't visit alone, or after dark.

City Field Park

Schroyer Ave. SW, Canton, OH
City Field Park. On the west side of Schroyer Ave. SW, between 5th and 6th Sts SW. Park in the little gravel lot. Willie is a short walk to the north and slightly to the left.
Daytime only. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Willie The Whale, 2023.

Willie the Whale

A dilapidated whale statue with a gaping mouth sits in an overgrown bog. Got out of the car, took a picture, and left -- as other commenters mentioned doing. A very unsettling feeling washes over you as you approach. Definitely not a safe visit any more. A good visit if you love being creeped out.

[Lyle, 10/09/2023]
Willie the Whale

The whale now has some graffiti and the park is probably not as safe as it used to be. This was an out of car, get picture, then get back in car real quick kind of thing.

[Anne Marie Collier, 07/18/2021]

Willie The Whale.

Willie The Whale

Willie is the last standing attraction from Mother Goose Land, which was open from the 1950s to the 1980s. A Mother-Goose-inspired mural was added in 2014.

[Kelly, 06/04/2017]

According to Debra Jane Seltzer over at, Willie's mouth had once been bricked up to keep homeless people from sleeping inside him.

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