With 290 days of sunshine, it is no wonder that over 1.5 million visitors choose to spend their vacation time here. Lake Havasu is one of the best boating lakes in the country, with plenty of great places to fish, swim, kayak, paddleboard, camp, or spend a day doing nothing at all.
From the surprising London Bridge to the quant lighthouse replicas, let’s take a look at the top 7 exciting things to do in Lake Havasu City.
1) Famous London Bridge
New visitors to Lake Havasu City, AZ are often surprised to learn that this is the home of the famous London Bridge of nursery rhyme notoriety.
The old stone bridge that once crossed the River Thames was dismantled in 1832 and brought to Lake Havasu City, AZ, by a land developer anxious to attract attention to his new housing development and increase tourist traffic to the area. The London bridge was transported brick by brick across the sea, through the Panama Canal, and to its current home crossing the Bridgewater Channel.
Take a walk across the 930-foot-long London Bridge. It is open to both car and pedestrian traffic. Stop by the Lake Havasu Museum of History to learn more about the London Bridge and the history of Lake Havasu City.
2) Lake Havasu State Park
Topping the list of best things to do in Lake Havasu for outdoor enthusiasts is a visit to the 928-acre Lake Havasu State Park.
The park is home to miles of hiking trails and beautiful beaches.
Some of the amenities at this state park include:
Three boat ramps for launching motorized and non-motorized watercraft
54 camping and RV sites with water and electric hookups. There is an onsite dump station
13 beachside cabins
The 1.75-mile Mohave Sunset Trail
The Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden with desert flora and fauna on display
3) Cattail Cove State Park
Enjoying the sun and having fun are the top things to do in Lake Havasu. With a trip to Cattail Cove State Park, you’ll have sun and fun in abundance.
Cattail Cove Park is 2,000 acres, about half an hour’s drive from Lake Havasu City.
Some of the great amenities you’ll enjoy at this AZ state park include:
61 Camping and RV sites with water and electric hookups. There is an onsite dump station
Primitive boat-in campsites with picnic tables, stand-up BBQ grills, and pit toilets
A boat ramp for launching motorized and non-motorized watercraft
4) Thompson Bay Lake Havasu City
Stay in one of the many hotels in the heart of Lake Havasu City, and you’ll have quick access to Thompson Bay. The bay is at one end of the Bridgewater Channel, the site of the historic London Bridge.
Fishing, swimming, jet skiing, and boating are all popular activities here. Attractions around the bay include the Rotary Community Park, London Bridge Beach, Bat Island, and Body Beach.
Over 15 hotels are within a 10-minute drive and camping is available at the nearby Crazy Horse campgrounds.
5) Rotary Community Park In Lake Havasu City
Spend the day at Rotary Community Park in Lake Havasu City for one of the best family fun things to do in Lake Havasu City.
The park offers 40 acres of well-manicured grassy areas, a lakefront beach, and lots of shade trees.
Some of the great amenities at Rotary Community Park include:
A dedicated swim area
A non-motorized boat launch site
Three playgrounds, including one built for people with special needs
Covered picnic areas, including barbecues
Two miles of walking trails
Six beach volleyball courts and two bocce ball courts
The Tinnell Memorial Skatepark
6) Lake Havasu Lighthouses
A group of Lake Havasu City boaters formed a volunteer organization to improve the navigational lighting on Lake Havasu and create a safer lake for nighttime boating. Through hard work and donated funds, the group was able to build the first Lake Havasu replica lighthouse in 2002. Seeing the lighthouses is one of the unique things to do in Lake Havasu.
The first lighthouse is a replica of North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras lighthouse, and it stands proudly at a boat ramp at Lake Havasu State Park.
There are 27 replica lighthouses now, dotting the shoreline between the state park and the connecting point of the Colorado River at Parker Dam. Stop by the Lake Havasu Visitor’s Center to purchase a booklet on the history of the lighthouses.
7) Lake Havasu Balloon Festival
Each year for four days in January, the sky over Lake Havasu City is alive with over 50 hot air balloons. The colorful balloons float over Lake Havasu as participants in the Lake Havasu Balloon Festival. This spectacular annual event has graced Lake Havasu since 2011.
The festival takes place in the area surrounding Lake Havasu City and includes a 5k run, vendor booths, RV camping, food trucks, carnival rides, and plenty of balloon-related activities. It’s a popular event that draws 50,000 people each year.
Explore Lake Havasu As Captain Of Your Own Watercraft
See the sites and enjoy the beauty of this spectacular lake on a tour that lets you navigate your own easy-to-use motorized boat.
Get out on the lake with a small group as the captain of your own watercraft, and no boating experience is needed. Rubba Duck Safari boats are user-friendly, fun, and safe to drive.
You’ll have an experienced local guide leading the way as you explore places like Copper Canyon, Pilot Rock, Big Booty Bay, Teal Bay, and Ski Island.
Our Rubba Duck Safari South tour includes:
Your own Rubba Duck watercraft
A safari guide in his/her own boat
Non-alcoholic beverages along the way
A Rubba Duck Safari tour is a must-do activity in Lake Havasu City. Book your own Rubba Duck tour!