Margate City is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey. Margate City was originally incorporated as the borough of South Atlantic City by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 7, 1885, from portions of Egg Harbor Township, based on the results of a referendum held on August 1, 1885. South Atlantic City was reincorporated as a city on April 23, 1897, and then reincorporated with the name Margate City on April 20, 1909.
The city is located on Absecon Island, which stretches for 8.1 miles (13.0 km) and is also home of Atlantic City and Ventnor City to the northeast, and Longport on the southwest. The city stretches about eight blocks from the Atlantic Ocean to the bay at most points in town. Margate is a popular Jersey Shore destination, especially during the summer, and is the home of Lucy the Elephant, a 65-foot (20 m) wooden elephant, and of Marven Gardens, of Monopoly board game fame.
Things to do in Margate, New Jersey
Lucy The Elephant
THE WORLD’S GREATEST ELEPHANT
Lucy the Elephant is located along the beach in Josephine Harron Park (named for our co-founder) in Margate, New Jersey. She is six stories high and is listed on the National Park Registry of Historical Landmarks. Our park is fenced and contained, making child supervision easy. Picnic tables are also on site for eating out-of-doors.
We have friendly, trained volunteers and staff to assist you during your visit. On the tour you will learn about Lucy’s unique architecture and history, and you will get to climb a spiral staircase through her insides all the way up to the howdah on her back, providing a spectacular 360° view of the surrounding shore area.
Children and families are sure to enjoy visiting the only elephant in the world “you can walk through and come out alive!” We offer convenient hours and of course, Lucy is always available by appointment to be toured by schools & groups.
Guided tours through Lucy the Elephant occur every 30 minutes at the top and bottom of the hour. Please note that our last tour begins 30 minutes prior to closing.
Lucy the Elephant is always available to groups of 10 or more.
Courtesy of Lucy The Elephant website
Destination & Recreation
Summer in Margate
Along with other spots on the Jersey Shore, Margate becomes a popular destination in the summer months. Many houses in Margate are second homes used during the summer, and a considerable number are owned by year-round residents. Unlike in other places, such as Cape May or Ocean City, where many visitors spend a few nights in a hotel, Margate has no hotel, so most of the people who choose this town are regulars.
Most real estate offices in town can assist vacationers going ‘down the shore’ in finding a weekly, monthly or summer rental. Winter rentals are also available.
Margate beaches attract surfers, kayaking and hobie cat sailing. Several beaches provide rest rooms for beachgoers. Margate City Beach Patrol operates lifeguard stands and beach patrol operations for the Margate beaches. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months from 10 am to 6 pm, with more limited hours in the late spring and early autumn months. Beach tags are required during season except during the Thrilling Thursday Family program where the beaches are free every Thursday.
Margate is host to many bayside docks providing the casual fisherman hours of enjoyment and relaxation. Local charter boats offer sport and deep sea fishing. Margate’s many marinas offer docks for lease, equipment rentals, fuel stations and fishing charters.
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