• Monday - Saturday 10 - 8
  • Sunday 10 - 5
  • hours change throughout the year please check with site before visiting
  • guided tours on the hour and half hour
  • Gift shop
  • picnic tables
  • Adults $8
  • children $4
  • access to grounds and gift shop free

Lucy the Elephant

9200 Atlantic Ave, Margate, NJ 08402

(609) 823-6473

Lucy is the world's largest elephant. She stands six stories tall, weighs 90 tons, contains 22 windows, and is covered with 12,000 square feet of sheet tin. Today, she is located about 100 yards from her original location in a community park. Her eye-catching appearance and serendipity appeals to visitors of all ages.

Lucy was built in 1881 by James V. Lafferty to promote the sale of lots along the Jersey shore in what was then called South Atlantic City. Potential buyers were guided up the staircase in Lucy’s left leg and treated to a 360-degree view from Lucy’s howdah at a time when the area was only scrub pine, dune grass, bayberry bushes and a few wooden fishing shacks. She was part of the wave of Jersey shore development late 19th and early 20th centuries.


  • Take a guided tour of Lucy to see views of Margate, the Atlantic City skyline, and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Attend the annual birthday party in July
  • Picnic in the adjacent park

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