Climb Inside Lucy the Elephant

Learn about Lucy's unique architecture and history, and climb to the howdah for killer views.


Courtesy of Lucy the Elephant Facebook page



It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a giant elephant…in New Jersey?

As one of NJ’s most famous sights and America’s oldest roadside attraction, Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant.

Built in 1881, this elephant has a unique history of moving from town to town in New Jersey. She’s called both Cape May and Atlantic City home before, but now resides in Margate. In 1976, she was (finally) named a National Historic Landmark.

Now celebrating her 137th birthday, Lucy still welcomes animal lovers, history buffs and curious visitors with open arms (or rather a raised trunk). When you visit Lucy, climb a spiral staircase up to the howdah on her back, where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of this small town.

There’s no charge to visit Lucy the Elephant, however, tickets for a guided tour are $8 for guests ages 13 and up and $4 for ages 3-12. Lil’ elephant lovers under age 3 are free. You’ll need tickets if you want to go inside the structure. For more information, head to or call 609-823-6473.

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