For those who think a place’s history is as enjoyable as the present, this one is for you.
Morning: There is nothing better than a morning stroll on the world-famous historic Atlantic City Boardwalk. Built in 1870, it is the first Boardwalk and was constructed to keep sand from being tracked into hotels.
Also just off the Boardwalk is the New Jersey State Korean War Memorial, located in Brighton Park where Park Place meets the Boardwalk. It features a 12-foot high statue of “The Mourning Soldier” clutching dog tags. A group of soldiers “under fire” emerges through a sheet of water just to his left. The back wall of the memorial, beneath an eternal flame, is engraved with the names of the 822 New Jerseyans who were killed or are still missing in action.
Afternoon: Located easily on Pacific Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard is the Civil Rights Garden. It’s a one-of-a-kind tribute to the Civil Rights movement. Eleven black African granite columns are etched with quotes from famous Americans. The central column features an upraised hand and a large bronze bell over a reflecting pool.
Located in nearby Margate, what was once known as South Atlantic City, Lucy the Elephant is one piece of history you should not miss. Now over a hundred years old, Lucy the Elephant was originally built to lure real estate investors to the shore. Since then she has served as a restaurant, a tavern and even a house. She was restored in the 1970s and moved to her current location at Washington and Atlantic Avenues in Margate, where she has resided ever since as a museum. You can climb to the “howdah” on Lucy’s back for a panoramic view of the ocean, beach and surrounding area.