Lucy the Elephant tops the list of the best tourist attraction in the Atlantic City area. Lucy is the world’s largest elephant, ranked amongst the national historic site, featuring a peculiar architecture of the late Victorian age. Lucy was built by James V. Lafferty in 1881, is located in the neighboring town of Margate.
- Lucy stands 6 stories tall, weighing 90 tons, covered with 12,000 square feet of sheet tin.
- Served as a functioning building, a real estate office, as a summer home, even briefly as a tavern.
- Lucy's Leg dwarfs the 6-foot tall Hinged Man.
- Jim L. built other elephants in Cape May and Coney Island but only Lucy has survived.
- By the late 1960s, Lucy was an abandoned wreck on the verge of collapse.
- The residents of Margate rallied together and raised money to restore and save her several times from the brink of demolition.
- Presently, thousands of visitors each summer tour Lucy's innards and buy post cards in her gift shop.
- The adventurous tour of Lucy's innards begins by entering via a spiral staircase in one of her hind legs.
- The tour climaxes with a stop in the open-air "howdah" atop Lucy's back.
- From the top visitors gets a panoramic view of neighboring high-rise condos, parking lot, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Admission fee: Adults $4.00, Children $3.00
9200 Atlantic Avenue, Margate, NJ 08402
Lucy the Elephant
Corner of Decatur and Atlantic Avenues, Margate