Lake Havasu City, one of the oldest cities in Arizona, was once home to numerous tribes of Native Americans, as well as the site for the first-ever steamboat invention. Therefore, this Arizona city is rife with historic relevance, and there are museums, centers, and parks throughout Lake Havasu City in dedication to the rich histories.
In 1968, the city of London in England put the London Bridge up for auction to the highest bidder. Lake Havasu bought the bridge, and now the actual London Bridge connects Lake Havasu City and the main island for docks, marinas, and Lake Havasu boaters.
Lake Havasu State Park
Lake Havasu State Park is situated beneath the London Bridge, with a handful of lakeside beaches, several camping sites with fire pits, tent spaces, and RV hookups, a botanical garden for the numerous native wildlife, and lots of nature paths and hiking trails. This is THE place for outdoor recreations, as there are tons of places to fish, swim, camp, hike, stroll, and do pretty much anything that a nature lover would adore.
Jack Hardie Park
Or, hit up Jack Hardie Park for a more classic park experience. There are paths for dog walkers, picnic benches for families, playgrounds for kids, and clean restrooms for everyone. The area is well-maintained, and lots of locals bring their youngsters here to play in the afternoons—so your kids will almost always have someone to play with on the swings, slides, and monkey bars.
One of the most popular Arizona travel destinations, Lake Havasu City is well-known for, of course, Lake Havasu—which is a big-time hotspot for travelers that love water sports, such as jet-skiing and wake-boarding. In the city itself, there are dozens of things to do and see, most of which are family-friendly.
In what is considered downtown, there are several nightclubs and bars, so couples and singles can mingle and soak up the Lake Havasu City nightlife.
Gray Matter Escape
Gray Matter Escape is a family-friendly bit of fun in Lake Havasu City. You and your loved ones get a set amount of time to piece together clues to escape from a locked, themed room. The rooms are leveled from beginners to advanced escape artists, so pick your proverbial poison and become the mastermind you know you can be.
There are dozens of restaurants in Lake Havasu City; many are located in the London Bridge Shopping Center
Cha-Bones is one of these restaurants, serving up American cuisine with a steakhouse spin. Award-winning and home to some of the best steaks in Lake Havasu City, the restaurant does lunch and dinner, with regular specials, a well-stocked full bar, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Some local favorites from their menus include Creole shrimp, slow-smoked ribs with homemade barbecue sauces, chicken lettuce wraps, and prime rib with a loaded baked potato and a side salad. If you stop by, be sure to sample the Soup Du Jour, which translates to Soup of the Day. Also, one important thing to remember about Cha-Bones is their Valentine’s Day specials, with a complete wine list and romantic dinner fare.
There are several nice places to stay in Lake Havasu City, and many of them are top-ranked as the best of the bests by online reviews. With that said, here are a few of the highest ranked hotels in the area are—London Bridge Resort, Days Inn, Island Inn Hotel, and Quality Inn & Suites.
London Bridge Resort off of Queens Bay
Ranked the fourth best hotel in Lake Havasu City, the London Bridge Resort off of Queens Bay is a family-friendly combo of fun and casual. You can relax in a one-bedroom suite with a well-furnished sitting room, an en-suite bathroom, and a super-comfy, queen-sized bed. Or, you can take advantage of the resort adventures, like an expansive outdoor swimming pool (3 actually) with a waterslide, waterfall, poolside mini bar, and surrounding umbrella-covered lounge chairs, and nearby, on-site restaurant. TripAdvisor reviewers have ranked this hotel as one of the best for families. This hotel sits right next to Lake Havasu, so you can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats for entertainment on the water.
The Days Inn
The Days Inn is a tried-and-true Lake Havasu City hotel—one where budget-minded, weary travelers can stay for a night of homey accommodations and superb customer service. Their amenities are basic, such as a comfy bed, mini fridge, microwave, and fluffed, fresh towels in a spacious, clean bathroom. You can jump into a hot shower, have a good night’s sleep, and sip complementary coffee over a grab-and-go breakfast of muffins, bagels, and fresh fruit. Need something to help you unwind? Hit up the hot tub before you sink into your bed for the night.
Island Inn Hotel
Located on McCulloch Boulevard North, the Island Inn Hotel is within walking distance of both London Bridge and Lake Havasu. Which explains some suites’ balconies, as guests can see the sunset over the water and beautiful Arizona architecture. There are 117 rooms, each equipped with custom AC systems, a mini fridge, microwave, and ice box. Suites also have en-suite bathrooms with plush towels and homey toiletries, as well as queen-sized, super-comfortable beds, a plush couch, and flat-screen televisions with both basic cable access and free high-speed wireless internet. Other hotel accommodations include a swimming pool, free parking for guests, a banquet room, a business area with meeting rooms, and shuttle bus services that you can reserve in advance.
For dinner, take a walk to The Turtle Grille for a Blue Hurricane, a homemade Reuben sandwich, a side of twisted fries and coleslaw, and something chocolatey for dessert.
Quality Inn & Suites
Budget and family-friendly, the Quality Inn & Suites is a go-to hotel for families with children of all ages. The heated swimming pool is a big hit, but all guests love the free buffet breakfast with all of the breakfast favorites, like English muffins, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs, yogurt, fresh fruits, and coffee, milk, or juice. Other accommodations include a workout room with updated fitness equipment, free high-speed internet, a business center with conference and meeting rooms, free parking for guests, and an on-site bar and lounge.
Check out Mudshark Brewing Company for samplings of local brews and a tour of the ins and outs of the brewery.
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