Lucy is one of those places that is certainly within an easy drive from our home but we never got around to visiting. I remember passing it in the early 70s when it was at it's height of disrepair and several times throughout the decades as she got better and better. My adult son and husband and I finally made the trip and were so pleased that she has been beautifully renovated. The admission was reasonable at $8 per person. We went early so our exterior pictures are beautiful without tons of people in them. You enter through a narrow door in one of the back legs and climb a narrow and somewhat dark staircase. Not at all scary but would pose a problem for someone with mobility issues. The interior is of course the inside of the elephant complete with circular windows for eyes that look out onto the ocean. The guide was was very knowledgeable and allowed enough time for everyone to look around. We had quite a mix of ages in our tour group and the adults were just as delighted as the children. Up another narrow staircase to an open deck on the elephant's back that afforded a 360 degree vista of the ocean and Margate. The history was well related and quite interesting. We were able to look around at the various displays in the belly again before making our way down and out the other rear leg. Another photo shoot from the ocean side made us notice the elephant's red tongue and purple toe nails! The gift shop was small but offered lots of interesting items including replicas of postcards from the 1800s. We really enjoyed our visit and look forward to bringing our granddaughter to visit Lucy. My only disappointment was the lack of original furnishings.
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