Heading through or to New Jersey this summer? Add this roadside attraction to your trip! It’s probably the most unique thing you’ll see all year.
There are many fun and unique attractions in New Jersey, but perhaps none of them are quite like Lucy the Elephan. Margat’es own Lucy the Elephant is the oldest surviving roadside attraction in America. It brings over 100,000 visitors to its location each year. At six stories high and 90 tons – Lucy is the largest elephant… anywhere.
Lucy was originally built in 1881 as a part of a real estate promotion. Over the years, Lucy has been a restaurant, guest cottage, tavern, and office.
An easily recognizable icon – Lucy was featured in a 2015 movie, Vacation, and on the Travel Channel.
It’s free to visit the site and guided tours are available at a very reasonable rate. You’ll be able to climb to the the top of Lucy for an amazing view of the ocean. Venture up her leg, through her stomach and take a peek out of her eye!
Lucy the Elephant fun facts:
- Lucy’s birthday celebration is in July.
- Dedicated volunteers saved Lucy from demolition in the 1960’s
- Lucy became a protected national landmark in the 1970’s.
- Lucy has been moved about 100 yards from the original location and away from the shoreline.
- Lucy has been struck by lightning, twice!
- Lucy is a boy.
Watch this fun video we found, Welcome to the Last Exit, that offers up some more interesting facts!