Laughlin, Nevada is located just over 90 miles south of Las Vegas on the beautiful Colorado River bordering Arizona and near California. Gambling may be one of its biggest draws because of the friendlier atmosphere it has, but there are many other fun things to do in Laughlin besides gaming. Spend a day or two doing what the locals do and take advantage of the various spectacular water activities and learn about the areas rich history.
Spend Time on the Lake
The mighty Colorado River is dammed near Laughlin creating a magnificent area for all types of fun things to do in the water. Davis Dam forms Lake Mohave, which is part of the Lake Mead Recreational Area. Katherine Landing Marina is situated near the dam just minutes from Laughlin and provides every thing you need. Bring your own watercraft and use the ramps or rent one for a day, weekend or weeklong trip on the water. Choose from jet skis to houseboats with all the extras, camp on a secluded beach, in the campground or stay in the hotel. Use the marinas restaurant and picnic areas, go fishing and swimming or stock up on supplies at the general store.
Take a Dip in the Cold Colorado River
Feel the cold water of the Colorado on the other side of Davis Dam. The water temperature is colder, the current is faster and the river is narrow, but there are still plenty of fun things to do in Laughlin on the river. Choose from a large variety of personal watercraft, canoes, kayaks and high-speed boats that can be rented from various locations in Nevada and Arizona or charter a yacht or enjoy a relaxing river cruise. Take a slow ride down the river with a bunch of friends or family on an inner tube to get an up-close and personal look at the area. Select from numerous packages, tours and other Colorado River water adventures.
Visit the Historical Places Around Laughlin
Plan a trip to historical sites in this region and you will discover lots of fun things to do in Laughlin. Make a short trip (65 miles south) to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to see the famous London Bridge and explore the English Village there. See actual Native American petroglyphs on canyon walls around 10 west of Laughlin in Christmas Tree Pass found in Grapevine Canyon. Drive on the legendary Route 66, see the sights and learn the past of Oatman, which is a historical gold mining town situated just 20 miles southeast of Laughlin. Learn about the Laughlin area at the Colorado River Museum found just over the Laughlin Bridge in Davis Camp in Arizona.
Other Fun Things to Do in Laughlin
Laughlin offers visitors several other things around town. Go shopping in the numerous specialized casino shops including western wear at the Pioneer, Native American jewelry and other Southwestern items at the Edgewater, Harley Davidson products at the Golden Nugget or any of the casino gift shops and boutiques for souvenirs and other distinct items. Visit the Preferred Outlets of Laughlin offering discounted brand items, take in a movie at the Riverside Six-Plex, ride the working railroad at the Tropicana Express, have fun bowling or see classic cars at the Riverside Resort. Play a round of golf at one of the many local courses like Desert Lakes, El Rio, Laughlin Ranch or Los Lagos Golf Club.
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