Lucy the Elephant, The ONLY Elephant You can Walk Through

Posted on: August 30th, 2019 by

In 2011, Lucy the Elephant provided complimentary admission to bloggers and their families as part of our family blogging event, Bloggers at the Beach. This post has been updated with more recent pictures and information. Our opinions are our own and honest based on our experiences.


Lucy the Elephant, Lucy the Elephant, down by the sea…”


If you’ve spent anytime in South Jersey you’ve probably heard the jingle. For my toddler (who is now 11 years old), the song stuck with him and he’s been known to sing it around the house.


Lucy the Elephant WIDE shot


Why not?

He’s made some great memories with Lucy.

Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant in Margate that you can walk through. We’ve been a few times now and for my 3 boys the thrill of walking through Lucy never gets old.


inside lucy the elephant


It doesn’t get old for any of us who live in South Jersey. Over the years, I’ve gone. Friends have gone and our other South Jersey mom bloggers have gone. You just can’t live here and not visit Lucy at least a few times. We’ve included pictures from each of our visits in our review of Lucy the Elephant.


learn the history of Lucy the Elephant


Details to know before you visit Lucy the Elephant

  • Lucy the Elephant is open yearround. See below for operating hours
    • January, February, and March
      • Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (*Last tour at 3:30 pm)
    • April
      • Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (*Last tour at 3:30 pm)
      • Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am – 5:00pm (*Last tour at 4:30 pm)
    • May through Mid-June
      • Mondays through Fridays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (*Last tour at 3:30pm)
      • Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am – 5:00pm (*Last tour at 4:30 pm)
    • Mid-June through Labor Day
      • Monday – Saturdays 10 am – 8 pm(*Last tour at 7:30 pm)
      • Sundays 10 am – 5 pm (*Last tour at 4:30 pm)
    • Labor Day
      • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (*Last tour at 4:30 pm)
    • September and October
      • Mondays through Fridays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (*Last tour at 3:30pm)
      • Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (*Last tour at 4:30 pm)
    • November and December
      • Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (*Last tour at 3:30pm)
      • Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (*Last tour at 4:30 pm)


Lucy the elephant tours at lucy the elephant in Margate NJ


  • Tours are run every 30 minutes with tours on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour. The last tour going into Lucy the Elephant is 30 minutes before closing.


Tour guide leads tour through Lucy the Elephant


  • Admission Prices for Lucy the Elephant
    • There is NO charge to visit the grounds Lucy or the Gift Shop. 
    • Admission prices for our visitors who wish to take the guided tour
      • Adults (Ages 13 and up):  $8.50
      • Children (Ages 3 to 12):  $4.00
      • Children (Ages 2 and under):  FREE
  • For up-to-date pricing and hours please visit their site at


lucy the elephant staircase at lucy the elephant in Margate NJ


What happens during the Lucy the Elephant tours?

Your visit begins with a short climb up Lucy the Elephant’s left rear leg to an open exhibit area. There, your guide, will tell you a little about Lucy the Elephant before you watch a movie about Lucy’s history.

  • Where is she originally from?
  • How do you move a six-story elephant?
  • How did she get her start?
  • Are there others?

The film is short enough to keep the kids entertained and interesting enough to hold the parent’s attention too.


watching the film at lucy the elephant


After that guests are free to explore the rest of the museum floor and Lucy the Elephant. Stairs will take you to Lucy’s howdah (rooftop/canopy) where you can get a great view of the Jersey shoreline and the top of Lucy.


the howdah of lucy the elephant


Moms, dads, no worries the staircase may spiral a little but any child willing to take his time and hold the railing or a parent’s hand can easily and safely make their way up and down. Even at the howdah the enclosures are high enough to keep kids in. Yet, there are still openings for the kids to get a great view too. That’s not all there is to Lucy because tucked within Lucy’s legs and body you can find artifacts from earlier years. You might even find leftovers from her last snack.


Peanuts inside Lucy the Elephant


While there is a great gift shop for Lucy the Elephant gifts, we doubt your kids will notice it. Once out of Lucy’s legs they wont be able to resist trying to climb Lucy’s legs. After all her toes make great stepping stones. Cute fact about Lucy’s toes. Lucy gets pedicures throughout the year to mark special occasions and her birthday. So the nail color you see on your first visit might not be the same as your next.


(Perhaps with the kids distracted, one parent can take some great photos, and the other can sneak into the gift shop for some surprise gifts.) It’s not everyday you can walk through an elephant so you’ll want pictures and souvenirs to remember the day.


lucy the elephant climbing her leg at lucy the elephant in Margate NJ


When will you go?


standing on the toes of Lucy the elephant


For ideas of things to do near Lucy the Elephant, visit our post on Things to do in Atlantic City with Kids.


18 Things to do in Atlantic City With Kids

Posted in: All, Places to Visit in New Jersey, Things to do in Atlantic County, Things to do in New Jersey, Things to do in South Jersey

Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 35+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 15+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

2 thoughts on “Lucy the Elephant, The ONLY Elephant You can Walk Through

  1. Cheryl Rettinger says:

    We visited Lucy today! My granddaughters loved the entire adventure! Can u tell me how to access the theme song for Lucy? We r having a difficult time finding it. Thanks!?

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