10 Things to Do in Lake Havasu City That You Shouldn't Miss

December 12, 2017 Hana Mouser

Shimmering Lake Havasu, the centerpoint of Lake Havasu City, was formed in 1938 after the Parker Dam was built. It is perhaps most famous for the London Bridge that looms above it. Yes, the actual London Bridge, bought by the area's founding father, Robert McCullough, for $2,460,000, after the city of London put it up for auction in 1968. Today, Lake Havasu City is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Arizona and offers a range of recreational activities for families, couples and single travelers. Golf on championship courses, soak up the sun on the shores of Lake Havasu's beaches or explore nearby parks by foot and bicycle. Houseboats dot the lake and are available for rent along with paddle boats, kayaks, jet skis and other types of water sports equipment. Like most resort towns Lake Havasu is chock-full of hotels, restaurants, shops and non-stop action.
Restaurants in Lake Havasu City

1. Rotary Park

1400 S. Smoketree, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Rotary Park

Reviewed By LeeRuth - Eau Claire, Wisconsin

This is the most amazing park I have ever visited! There are many miles of walking trails, picnic tables, sandy beaches, playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, Bocce ball courts, baseball diamonds and ample parking all along beautiful Lake Havasu. There are many benches along the walking route so one can sit and relax and enjoy the water view. The path goes under the historic London bridge. That area has shops for food and trinkets. This is a great place to take a walk to get your exercise for the day. There are many walkers of all ages walking on the beautiful sidewalks.

2. Sara Park

7200 Dub Campbell Parkway, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 142 reviews

Sara Park

Reviewed By minnetraveler31 - Minneapolis

Came during the week with my parents & sat outside. The backyard patio is large, clean & inviting with plenty of seating & a stone waterfall.

Ordered a sampler and had six different beers to taste, including four dark beers! Liked almost all of them.

Had a small order of chicken wings and they were fine.

Wait staff was very friendly and helpful with answers to our several questions about the area.

Would definitely return!

Can find Mudsharks beer at the Chevron station at the corner too ;)

3. Lake Havasu State Park

699 London Bridge Rd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403-4655 +1 928-855-2784
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 206 reviews

Lake Havasu State Park

The scenic shoreline of Lake Havasu State Park is an ideal place to enjoy beautiful beaches, nature trails, boat ramps, and convenient campsites. This spot is truly a watersport haven located near the famous London Bridge of Lake Havasu City. The park offers three boat ramps, 47 campsites, a special events area (not available on holiday weekends), picnic area, and beach area. The Mohave Sunset Trail (1.75 miles) winds its way through the lowland desert and along the shoreline. The Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden showcases the diverse life that exists within the park and this area of the desert. Birds, lizards, and desert cottontails are common sights.

Reviewed By Chiefly1

This is an absolute gem of a park. Right on the lake with gorgeous views, paved sites and up to 50 amp service. Sites are level, paved and spacious. Awesome cactus garden and the bathrooms are really nice. Make reservations as it’s almost always full especially on weekends. They are expanding and the new sites are going to be awesome when the finish it. Still months away though. They even have a dog beach!

4. Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405 +1 520-505-7333
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 574 reviews

Lake Havasu

Created when the Parker Dam was built in 1938, this lake is actually a Colorado River reservoir popular for water-skiing, boating and other recreational water sports.

Reviewed By amanda5805 - Duncan, Canada

This was our first time to Lake Havasu we were visit my mother & father in-law. There is so much to do. Lots of fabulous restaurants, bars, cafes, lots of different places to shop, hikes, water & land activites. Everything seems to be a fair price and catering to the 50+ crowd. This was just before spring break. Seemed like the tour does get ready to cater to the college students for when spring break does hit. No matter where you were you were always around very happy people. I recommend checking out Rubba Duck Safari tours we had a great time. Restayrant wise La Vita Dolce for Dinner Make sure you try the Dolce Donuts. As well as Cha-Bones on Sundays for happy Hour. Cant wait to go back and see what else it has to offer.

5. London Bridge

1550 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu City, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 +1 928-855-4115
Excellent
47%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

London Bridge

The original bridge from England was purchased by the founder of Lake Havasu City and reconstructed at Lake Havasu in 1971.

Reviewed By Sandy817 - Phoenix, Arizona

We enjoyed seeing this iconic bridge that was purchased from London in the late sixties and reassembled piece by numbered piece to encourage people to move to the area. It seems to have worked as Lake Havasu is a thriving town and the bridge is the number 2 most popular tourist destination in AZ after the Grand Canyon.

6. Lake Havasu City Visitor Center

422 English Vlg, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403-0866 +1 928-855-5655
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
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1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 169 reviews

Lake Havasu City Visitor Center

Reviewed By BillAndMarion - Calgary, Canada

We watched the short videos and there were some interesting photos that told the story of Havasu and the London Bridge. It's amazing how this city is just a little over 50 years old.Thank you!

7. Cattail Cove State Park

Hwy 95, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405 +1 928-855-1223
Excellent
54%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Cattail Cove State Park

The beach, boat ramp, and 61 campsites at Cattail Cove State Park offer a broad spectrum of activities for all to enjoy. There are also 32 boat-in campsites along the lake shoreline within the park. Whether you're interested in swimming, fishing or just lounging and relaxing, Cattail Cove State Park offers you and your family a chance to get away and enjoy tranquility along Lake Havasu. The 2,000-acre park has been operated by the Arizona State Parks Board since 1970. Lake Havasu was formed when the Colorado River was dammed near Parker. The 45-mile long lake creates a haven for all kinds of water sports. Fish for largemouth and striped bass, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill and crappie. Boat on the blue waters, sail into quiet coves, or water ski or jet ski out on the open lake.

Reviewed By Chiefly1

Arizona has beautiful parks and this is no exception. Nice boat launch, beautiful sandy beach with covered picnic tables and flush toilets. Restrooms are clean and the campsites are spacious with up to 50 amp available. Nice picnic table and fire pit provided. Pretty level sites as well.

8. Lake Havasu Museum of History

320 London Bridge Rd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403-4645 +1 928-854-4938
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
13%
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Lake Havasu Museum of History

Reviewed By beeedell - Phoenix, Arizona

I had some free time between sets at a recent festival on the beach and walked here to enhance my knowledge of the area. I was pleasantly greeted by two docents, who professionally acquainted me with all things Havasu. The walk through the small but mighty museum was at least two hours – – the exhibits were meaningful and there were several informative videos throughout. I came away with a much greater insight and understanding of the area and its people.

9. Lake Havasu Lighthouses

Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Excellent
65%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Lake Havasu Lighthouses

Reviewed By 32818LynMick - Orlando, Florida

We were able to see the small scale lighthouses as part of the Sunset Cruise we took. We actually enjoyed the natural beauty of Lake Havasu and the surrounding mountains more.

10. Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center

100 Park Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403-9302 +1 928-453-8686
Excellent
43%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center

Reviewed By Dave D - Lake Havasu City, Arizona

The inside pool tapers from a couple feet to several feet and there is a diving pool. Plenty of play areas for the kids. Well lighted and very visible.

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