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Lucy the Elephant, located on the beach in Margate City, New Jersey is a 65-foot, elephant-shaped building constructed of wood and tin in 1881 by James V. Lafferty in an effort to sell parcels of land at the Jersey shore. Since then the structure has served a variety of purposes over the last 140 years ranging from a real estate office, a tavern, and even a summer residence for a brief period; how

ever, for most of Lucy's life she has served as a tourist attraction and continues to do so today. Visitors to this amazing National Historic Landmark are able to take a Guided Tour through the structure, entering and exiting through spiral stair cases located in each of her rear legs which lead to Lucy's stomach. From there you won't want to miss the chance to look out Lucy's eyes to see what she sees while gazing out over the beach in Margate. Guests can also climb another set of twisting stairs up to Lucy's howdah (the riding carriage) perched atop Lucy's back to take in a spectacular 360 degree view of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding areas. One visit and you'll see why kids and adult fall in love with Lucy and continue to visit year after year. We hope to see you soon at America's Oldest Roadside Attraction and the only elephant in the World you can walk through and come out alive -- Lucy the Elephant!

Winter hours are here! Will Lucy see snow this year? We'll see! โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
07/01/2024

Winter hours are here! Will Lucy see snow this year? We'll see! โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Everyone at Lucy the Elephant mourns the loss of our dear friend, Buddy Grover, who passed yesterday at 96. Buddy was a ...
05/01/2024

Everyone at Lucy the Elephant mourns the loss of our dear friend, Buddy Grover, who passed yesterday at 96. Buddy was a longtime volunteer and the โ€œfaceโ€ of the Absecon Lighthouse. He also volunteered for years on the restoration of Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall's historic organs. Buddy was the beacon who kept the light shining. Our deepest condolences go out to his niece Lynn, Jean Muchanic, Milt Glenn, Buddyโ€™s family and countless friends. May his light continue to shine in the hearts of all those he touched. Rest in peace dear Buddy.

Drumroll, please! The moment we've all been waiting for is here! The numbers are in and Lucy has smashed all records thi...
03/01/2024

Drumroll, please! The moment we've all been waiting for is here! The numbers are in and Lucy has smashed all records this past year with an astounding 42,267 tours! ๐Ÿ™Œ It's a victory dance over 2018's former record of 34,656 tours! We estimate that more than 150K folks dropped by to snap selfies, peruse Lucy's Gift Shop, and soak in all that magical Lucy goodness. โœจ A heartfelt thank you to everyone who visited Lucy last year, making it one for the record books! Can't wait to see what 2024 has in store! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

30/12/2023

A huge thank you to all of Lucy's incredible supporters and record-number of visitors who made 2023 an unforgettable year at Lucy the Elephant! We have a lot planned for 2024 and we're looking forward to seeing all of you next year! Happy and healthy! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜

Itโ€™s the most wonderful time of the year to shop Lucy! From now until December 31st, join us in Lucyโ€™s Gift Shop for our...
27/12/2023

Itโ€™s the most wonderful time of the year to shop Lucy! From now until December 31st, join us in Lucyโ€™s Gift Shop for our Buy One, Get One 50% OFF Clearance Sale! Some exclusions apply, and this sale is not available online. Hurry up before 2023 is old news! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜

Merry Christmas from all of us at Lucy! ๐ŸŽ„โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
25/12/2023

Merry Christmas from all of us at Lucy! ๐ŸŽ„โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ Lucy will be closing early today at 3:00 so our staff and volunteers can be with their friends and family. โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜
24/12/2023

๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ Lucy will be closing early today at 3:00 so our staff and volunteers can be with their friends and family. โค๏ธ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜

.........................................and for the Rest-of-Us.
22/12/2023

.........................................and for the Rest-of-Us.

Happy Winter Solstice! Remember, from today our days only get longer and brighter! โ„๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
21/12/2023

Happy Winter Solstice! Remember, from today our days only get longer and brighter! โ„๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Sometimes you just have to sit back and marvel at the awe-inspiring transformation of Lucy, from being in a state of neg...
18/12/2023

Sometimes you just have to sit back and marvel at the awe-inspiring transformation of Lucy, from being in a state of neglect and disrepair to the shining symbol of history and resilience she is today! A heartfelt THANK YOU to all her dedicated supporters and visitors who never stopped believing! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Just a reminder! With the exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Lucy will be open EVERY DAY from now through th...
15/12/2023

Just a reminder! With the exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, Lucy will be open EVERY DAY from now through the holidays! So, come on by, say hello, and take a tour! ๐ŸŽ„โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Wishing a very happy birthday to legendary New Jersean, Frank Sinatra! Born on this day, Mr. S. crooned his way into our...
12/12/2023

Wishing a very happy birthday to legendary New Jersean, Frank Sinatra! Born on this day, Mr. S. crooned his way into our hearts, capturing the essence of our beautiful state with every note. His music continues to resonate, and his legacy will forever live on. Lucy's eyes shine blue every night as a tribute to this true icon. Happy birthday, Ol' Blue Eyes. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ“ฃ Announcing our extended holiday hours! ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ•Ž๐Ÿ˜
11/12/2023

๐Ÿ“ฃ Announcing our extended holiday hours! ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ•Ž๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ Today's last tour will be at 2:45. Lucy's Gift Shop will remain open until 5:00. Thank you for your understanding. โค๏ธ...
09/12/2023

๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ Today's last tour will be at 2:45. Lucy's Gift Shop will remain open until 5:00. Thank you for your understanding. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

07/12/2023
In the aftermath of the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, this striking aerial photograph captures the resilience of Luc...
06/12/2023

In the aftermath of the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944, this striking aerial photograph captures the resilience of Lucy amidst the widespread devastation. She stands tall amongst the destroyed boardwalk and several collapsed structures, ever the symbol of hope and strength. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Lucy The Elephant 2023 Holiday Celebration for Staff and Volunteers.
05/12/2023

Lucy The Elephant 2023 Holiday Celebration for Staff and Volunteers.

Brand new holiday merch just dropped! Get them before they're gone! ๐ŸŽ„โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
02/12/2023

Brand new holiday merch just dropped! Get them before they're gone! ๐ŸŽ„โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

01/12/2023

Announcing our Facebook Live Shopping Event! This Sunday from 6-8 EST!

Loving this magical moment from the summer of 1965 when one of our Facebook followers got to experience the majesty of L...
30/11/2023

Loving this magical moment from the summer of 1965 when one of our Facebook followers got to experience the majesty of Lucy as a little girl traveling all the way from Buffalo, New York! Thanks for letting us share this beautiful photo, Diane! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Happy  ! We can only keep Lucy in tip-top shape because of generous donors like you! Help us make sure Lucy is here for ...
28/11/2023

Happy ! We can only keep Lucy in tip-top shape because of generous donors like you! Help us make sure Lucy is here for generations to come by making a tax-deductible donation to the Save Lucy Committee right here on Facebook. We are so incredibly grateful for all your love and support! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

FREE shipping on all orders over $50 today ONLY! Lucy's Gift Shop has something for everyone! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿ˜
27/11/2023

FREE shipping on all orders over $50 today ONLY! Lucy's Gift Shop has something for everyone! ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Don't miss all our Black Friday deals happening at Lucy today!! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜
24/11/2023

Don't miss all our Black Friday deals happening at Lucy today!! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lucy! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜
23/11/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lucy! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ๐Ÿ˜

Get ready for a trunk-load of fun this Black Friday at Lucy! ๐Ÿ˜โœจTo welcome the holiday season, we've got something specia...
22/11/2023

Get ready for a trunk-load of fun this Black Friday at Lucy! ๐Ÿ˜โœจ

To welcome the holiday season, we've got something special for you! Bring your little peanuts along because for every adult ticket purchased, you get a FREE child admission! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ

But that's not all! ๐ŸŒŸ Mystery Flash Sales will be happening all day long in Lucy's Gift Shop! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐ŸŽ From Lucy-themed apparel and merch to a trove of unique treasures, there's something for everyone! Don't miss out this Black Friday at Lucy! ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜

Can you even believe these photos are just one year apart?? Look at Lucy last year and NOW! โค๏ธโœจ๐Ÿ˜
20/11/2023

Can you even believe these photos are just one year apart?? Look at Lucy last year and NOW! โค๏ธโœจ๐Ÿ˜

Lucy has witnessed the turn of two centuries, weathered storms, and stood tall through generations. She's not just an el...
18/11/2023

Lucy has witnessed the turn of two centuries, weathered storms, and stood tall through generations. She's not just an elephant; she's a living piece of history! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ (Photo circa late 1800s)

LOVING all the details in this pre-1929 post card! "The only elephant in the world you can go through and come out alive...
15/11/2023

LOVING all the details in this pre-1929 post card! "The only elephant in the world you can go through and come out alive." Tours happening Wed-Sun! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ YAY!!! Once again Lucy takes top place for Best Landmark in The Press of Atlantic City's "Best of the Press!" A huge ...
13/11/2023

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ YAY!!! Once again Lucy takes top place for Best Landmark in The Press of Atlantic City's "Best of the Press!" A huge thank you to everyone who voted! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜

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An Elephant Named Lucy

Originally named Elephant Bazaar, Lucy the Elephant was built by a real estate speculator who owned a great many parcels of land at the Jersey Shore. In order to attract visitors and potential buyers, James V. Lafferty built a six-story, elephant-shaped building as a novelty amusement. He patented his idea, ensuring that his structure would remain a unique piece of architecture. Eventually a popular hotel business was built around the structure. Presidents and royalty came from around the world to stay at the neighboring Elephant Hotel and climb the winding stairs up to Lucyโ€™s howdah.

During her history Lucy has survived hurricanes, ocean floods, and even a fire started by some inebriated party-goers when she served as a tavern; however, by the 1960โ€™s it became apparent there was one disaster Lucy could not overcome -- neglect. By that time, the once proud jewel of the South Jersey isles has become an almost hopeless, wretched wreck. It was then a new developer purchased the land where Lucy stood with the intent to build a new condomium on the site. The beach and ocean could stay -- but the elephant had to go!

To the rescue came the Save Lucy Committee, Inc. Within weeks, this small group of ordinary citizens raised enough money to move the entire decaying structure two blocks away to a new site owned by the City of Margate. Thirty years and over one million dollars later, Lucy the Elephant has been completely restored to her original splendor, inside and out. In 1976, Lucy was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Government as the oldest example of a unique form of โ€œzoomorphicโ€ architecture and is known as Americaโ€™s Oldest Roadside Attraction. Today, Lucy the Elephant is every bit as popular and beloved as ever.