Lucy the Margate Elephant

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9200 Atlantic Ave

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 2.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Although she sits about 5 miles southwest of Atlantic City, the drive is worth it; where else are you going to see a giant elephant? The six-story tall, 90-ton elephant has had a long history of preservation efforts and repairs. Built in 1881 in an effort to attract homebuyers to the area, Lucy is now a National Historic Landmark and a great place to take the family. Climb to Lucy's howdah (the platform on her back) for a great view of the Atlantic Ocean, and take a tour of the elephant's interiors, which once even served as a hotel.

Recent visitors give the massive elephant rave reviews. Travelers say Lucy is a fun piece of history, adding that it's particularly interesting to tour and explore the inside of the elephant and learn about the attraction's beginnings. Many also recommend stopping by the gift shop to check out the trinkets there as well.

Adults can tour Lucy for $8; kids ages 3 to 12 can visit for $4. Go on a clear day for the best views. Lucy is typically open Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., though hours can vary by season. During the summer, the attraction is also open on Mondays and Tuesdays. Guided tours operate every half-hour and last about 30 minutes. Lucy is located just off of Atlantic Avenue in Margate City. For more details, check out the website.

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If you're not visiting Atlantic City to gamble, chances are you're coming to hit the beach. The city's beach is wide and its camel-hued sands are soft – recent travelers said they were impressed with the cleanliness and with how much room there was to spread out on this beach. The Atlantic Ocean's waves are good for body boarding, boogie boarding and wave jumping for the little ones, while adults can enjoy walking along the flat terrain near the water or relaxing in a beach chair. On-site facilities include showers and changing rooms, plus lifeguards are on duty during the summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Beachgoers also have access to the boardwalk, which is populated with eateries and shops selling beach gear and water sports equipment.

Unlike many other New Jersey beaches, Atlantic City's sands are free to access – you don't need a fee-based badge or pass to visit. For more information on the beach, visit the tourism board's website

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