Lake Havasu City lies on the eastern shore of its lovely namesake lake along the Colorado River in western Arizona. The city is a popular holiday destination due to its gorgeous natural setting, year-round warm weather, and abundance of unique and exciting attractions. Nearby many Lake Havasu City vacation rentals are plenty of opportunities for boating, swimming, cycling, scuba diving, and more. Check out the top activities in the area.
1. Explore the Area With the London Bridge Historic Walking Tour
In 1968, the city of London sold the London Bridge to Lake Havasu City founder Robert P. McCulloch. He had each block disassembled, labeled, and shipped to Lake Havasu City, where builders reconstructed it piece by piece. The bridge now sits over a narrow channel that separates the island portion of the city from the mainland. The London Bridge Historic Walking Tour begins at the Lake Havasu City Visitor Center and takes you on a 90-minute walk to see the bridge from all angles and learn about its fascinating history. Each tour guest receives a wireless receiver and earbuds to hear the guide clearly.
2. Go Kayaking With a Rental From Southwest Kayaks
The coves, canyons, cliffs, and beaches along the shoreline of the waters of Lake Havasu create perfect conditions for kayaking. Southwest Kayaks at English Village provides single and tandem kayaks to meet your needs. Besides classic paddle kayaks, the company rents innovative peddle-propelled kayaks that take the strain off your arms. Southwest Kayaks also offers guided fishing expeditions that take you to the best spots on the lake to angle for largemouth and smallmouth bass.
3. Rent a Bike With Cycle Therapy
The roads and trails in and around Lake Havasu City provide tremendous opportunities for relaxing cycling and rugged mountain biking. Whether you prefer a slow, pleasant sightseeing ride through the city or an adventurous jaunt over uneven terrain, Cycle Therapy Bike Shop has the ideal mountain bike, road cruiser, or mini chopper. One of the easiest cycling routes in the city is the Island Trail, which follows a scenic 3.6-mile loop on the large island off the city shore. Another great bike route is the 8.5-mile multi-use trail that parallels Arizona Highway 95 as it runs through town. For dedicated mountain bike trails of various levels of difficulty, head for SARA Park on the south side of Lake Havasu City.
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4. Learn a Little Local History at Lake Havasu Museum of History
The Lake Havasu Museum of History on London Bridge Road is one of the city’s most unique and popular attractions. Permanent exhibits focus on the Native American Mohave and Chemehuevi tribes that used to inhabit the area, pioneering miners and traders on the Colorado River, and the construction of the dam that created Lake Havasu. Another display highlights the amazing odyssey of London Bridge from England to Arizona. A special section deals with the ecology and wildlife of the region around Lake Havasu City.
5. Learn More About Lighthouses With Sunset Charter and Tour Co
When the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club decided to set up lighthouses along the lakeshore to promote safe fishing and night boating, instead of just creating inexpensive mundane structures, the members decided to build over 18 smaller-scale functional replicas of famous U.S. lighthouses. The lighthouses on the west shore of Lake Havasu represent West Coast lighthouses, the lighthouses on the east shore duplicate East Coast lighthouses, and the lighthouses around the island mimic lighthouses from the Great Lakes. The Sunset Charter and Tour Co. Lighthouse Tour takes you to visit the lighthouses around the waterfront, culminating with a stop at Copper Canyon, the picturesque site of an old copper mine.
6. Practice Your Swing at the Lake Havasu Golf Club
Fine weather, blue skies, and emerald greens make Lake Havasu City and its environs a haven for golfers, and Lake Havasu Golf Club has two excellent 18-hole courses. The West Course features a traditional layout with numerous sand bunkers and water hazards. The East Course has narrow fairways and smaller greens, and in the middle is the club’s largest water feature. Both courses offer magnificent views of the desert and distant mountains.
7. Splash in the Water at the Aquatic Center
One of the best things to do to beat the Lake Havasu City heat is to pay a visit to the Aquatic Center at the C.V. Wood Community Center. This fun indoor facility has a waterslide, a wave pool, and a kiddie pool. Additionally, there are two heated pools and a lap pool. The center offers children’s swimming lessons, adult aquatic fitness classes, water yoga, water Pilates, and instruction in other interesting fitness disciplines.
8. Take to the Skies With Wanderlust Balloons
Wanderlust Balloons offers the incomparable thrill of a hot-air balloon ride high above the Arizona landscape. Enjoy a bird’s-eye panoramic view of Lake Havasu City, the Colorado River, the desert, and the mountains. The flights usually commence just after sunrise. When you come down, you receive a post-flight picnic of pastries, fresh fruit, and drinks.
9. Enjoy Some Thrills With Sandbar Powersports Off-Road Havasu Outback Tour
Sand dunes, rugged canyons, and open desert surround Lake Havasu City, and the Sandbar Powersports Off-Road Havasu Outback Tour gives you the opportunity to explore these wondrous, eclectic landscapes. The tour takes you out into the breathtakingly beautiful countryside to a historic cabin and abandoned gold mine. After exploring the grounds and eating lunch, you return through the outback to Lake Havasu City.
10. Breathe Under Water With Scuba Training and Technology
The clear, warm waters of Lake Havasu provide ideal conditions for scuba diving to view numerous underwater attractions, such as shipwrecks, sunken planes, and even a deserted 19th century underwater city. Scuba Training and Technology on North Kiowa Boulevard has the rental equipment you need and offers courses for beginning and intermediate divers. When you’re ready, the Site 5 Underwater Training and Obstacle Course in a cove on the island gives you good practice as you make your way past sunken obstructions. The Paddle Wheel Wreck at Skier’s Cove features a party boat sunk under 25 feet near a major fish habitat. Copper Cove on the west side of the lake has underwater canyon walls to explore.
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