Lucy the Elephant is one of those places that always brings a smile to every child's face, no matter what their age.
As with the Wall Drug Store, the world’s largest ball of twine or the Jolly Green Giant--this 65-foot pachyderm is worth flicking on your RV’s blinker and pulling off the road.
First built in the 1880s, Lucy has long been part the colorful Southern Jersey seashore history. She stands proudly on Atlantic Avenue near the Atlantic Ocean just a few minutes from Atlantic City.
The wooden elephant-shaped building was the brain child of wealthy land speculator James V. Lafferty, Jr. He wanted something odd and wonderful to attract visitors and potential buyers to his holdings south of Atlantic City.
The largest elephant in the world, Lucy stands six stories, 60-feet long and 18-feet wide. During her career she is rumored to have been a hotel, real estate office and even a tavern (until, it is said, that drunks nearly burned her down).
Lucy was recognized as a national Historic Landmark in 1976, just in time for the United States' Bicentennial. Tours of inside Lucy's belly are fun for the entire family. See details below.
If you go:
Lucy the Elephant
9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate City, NJ
Tour Hours: Open daily mid-June to Labor Day
Cost: $7/adults; $4/under 12; free/under 2.
Lucy's Beach Grille: On the beach, next to Lucy, open for breakfast and lunch
Bella Luna: Oceanside dining under the starts, Wed-Sun, 5:30-10 p.m.
Photo: Courtesy of Lucy the Elephant.org