MARGATE CITY, NJ - With summer camps finished for the season and school still more than a week away, the wanning days of August scream day trip. So, 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.
Visitors can stop by Lucy from now through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. She is open year-round, but the hours switch after summer. Lucy is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
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 13 and up. Children three years of age to 12 are $4. Kids under three 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 rockstar 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.