MARGATE CITY, NJ — With plenty of warm days ahead, how about spending an afternoon inside a six-story pachyderm? Lucy the Elephant is just a ride down the Garden State Parkway and is a unique piece of New Jersey's history.

Listed in the National Park Registry of Historic Landmarks, Lucy the Elephant stands beachside in Josephine Harron Park in Margate City. Lucy became a celebrity of sorts back in the late 1800s when she was first built in what used to be South Atlantic City. The huge wooden elephant was constructed in an attempt to attract people to the area to buy land.

She was the brainchild of James V. Lafferty Jr. and was positioned next to the newly constructed railroad station as a way to welcome tourists and potential homeowners. Lucy fell on hard times, but came back into her prime thanks to the Save Lucy Committee.

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Visitors can stop by Lucy from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and from 10  a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. She is open year-round, but closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Visitors are free to explore the grounds surrounding Lucy and its accompanying gift shop. Guided tours are available every 30 minutes. The last tour of the day begins 30 minutes before closing time. A guided tour costs $8.50 for those age 13 and up. Childrenage 3 to 12 are $4. Kids under age 3 are free. Admission is also free for members of the United States military with a valid ID.

If you make the trip down to Margate City to see Lucy, a guided tour is a must-do. The fun tour guides give a detailed explanation of Lucy's noteworthy journey to rock star status as a National Historic Landmark, as well as a short video.

When you're finished spending some time with Lucy, Margate City beach is just steps away. Congo Falls Adventure Golf is nearby as well. For directions and additional information on Lucy the Elephant visit her website.