With spring peeking around the corner, there’s no better time to get outside, and no better place to enjoy the great outdoors than Laughlin, Nevada.
With a long list of activities, including water adventures, outdoor recreation, golf and camping, plus great gaming action, affordable accommodations and a variety of attractions for all ages, there truly is something for everyone.
Laughlin routinely attracts some of the world’s top musical and comedy acts. Its many venues play host to these artists, with many offering an intimate experience that might even be more special than what one would find in nearby Las Vegas.
First up this spring is country star, Thomas Rhett, who will play at Laughlin Event Center which is part of Edgewater Casino Resort on Friday, March 8.
For more throwback vibes, soulful duo The Righteous Brothers will wow crowds from Thursday, March 28 to Sunday, March 31 at Don’s Celebrity Theatre at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort.
Living legend Willie Nelson will be joined by some special guests on Saturday, April 20, at the Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater at Harrah’s Laughlin Beach Resort & Casino, where you’ll also find beloved surf-rock group The Beach Boys on stage on Saturday, April 27.
Country fans can look forward to more top-tier talent in Laughlin, as Hunter Hayes makes a stop on Saturday, May 4 at The Edge Pavilion at Edgewater Casino Resort. That same venue closes out a springtime of fantastic entertainment with none other than celebrated comedian Jeff Foxworthy, who takes the mic on Saturday, June 15.
Hop aboard the USS Riverside for a captivating, guided tour of the Colorado River. Lasting just over an hour, you’ll learn all about the area’s history and geography on this great-value tour.
Explore the remarkable Havasu National Wildlife Refuge and Needles Wilderness Area on a kayaking trip with Desert River Outfitters. Ideal for intermediate-level kayakers, discover unspoiled coves and beaches, and spot a wide variety of desert wildlife. Or head out on a flat-water paddling excursion with the Jerkwater Canoe Company.
No trip to Laughlin is complete without a London Bridge Jet Boat Tour along the Colorado River to the famous, old London Bridge (that traverses Lake Havasu, Ariz.). The 58-mile journey lets travelers see Topock Gorge’s breathtaking views of volcanic rock faces, emerald waters and Indian petroglyphs, only accessible by river.
London Bridge Jet Boat Tour
Make some waves and take things up a notch on a personal watercraft rental from Rocky River Adventure Center or Watercraft Adventures. Thrill-seekers will love the time in the water and cruising along at a faster pace.
Cool off with a dip at one of several resort pools throughout the destination. Most pool complexes are decked out with cabanas or daybeds and provide wonderful views of the Colorado River and River Walk. Grab a cool beverage and enjoy the sun and the scenery.
Outdoor Things to Do
For a great day trip, hit up Katherine Landing Marina, located just nine miles north of Laughlin on the Arizona side of Lake Mohave. The recreation area offers an array of boat and water sports rentals, areas for RV hookups and camping, and a café, all perfect for a fun day on the shore.
Experience breathtaking scenery with an OUI Experience private UTV excursion, expertly catered to you and your group. If you’re into a smoother ride, rent a three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot roadster from 220 Tours for an attention-grabbing, self-drive experience with preloaded GPS tours.
Stretch your legs and breathe in the fresh air on the incredible hiking and walking trails (for all skill levels) at the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Trail. Hike or bike along the 10.5 miles of family-friendly routes, accompanied by waterfowl, shorebirds and a variety of other wildlife.
Heritage Greenway Trail
Take a stroll along the landscaped Colorado River Walk or the Big Bend of the Colorado River recreation area. Enjoy the views and watch the boats pass by. It’s a great way to relax, get some fresh air, and take a break from the bustle of the city.
For a day on the links, visit Laughlin Ranch, Las Lagos Golf Club, Mojave Resort Golf Club, El Rio Golf Club or Huukan Golf Club for amazing desert golf experiences. All clubs offer top-class golfing facilities and have been designed by some of the best golf-course architects.
Laughlin is known for being one of the best locations in Nevada for RV stays. In addition to the variety of RV-friendly parks and resorts in the area to set up your home away from home, several hotel-casinos have RV dry camping on their campus, including Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort and Tropicana Laughlin. Don’t miss the 24-unit campground, all designed to accommodate RVs, at the Big Bend of the Colorado Recreation Area, situated right on the shores of the Colorado River.
Discover Family & Kid-Friendly Fun
Explore the beauty and serenity of the Laughlin desert by exploring nearby Laughlin Labyrinths, nine stone mazes that are both intriguing and energizing. Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy the calming sense of walking through the man-made twists and turns of different shapes and sizes.
Have a family movie night and catch a flick at the newly renovated, six-screen Riverside Cinemas inside Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort. Experience luxurious reclining seats while watching first-run movies and take advantage of the full bar and an extensive food and beverage menu. Kick back, relax and enjoy the show.
Up for a little family competition? Round up the crew and head to Riverside Lanes at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort or Strike! Bowl at Laughlin River Lodge Hotel & Casino. The retro atmosphere of Strike! Bowl includes an old-fashioned, diner-style eatery and ice cream counter. Riverside Lanes boasts 34 lanes and the glow-in-the-dark excitement of Cosmic Bowling.
Start the day with a tasty treat from Pinkbox Doughnuts at Edgewater Casino Resort, which offers 70+ varieties of breakfast favorites alongside a menu of coffee classics. You could also head to The New Pioneer for a diner-style breakfast at Bumbleberry Flats.
Looking for a quick lunch? Bruce’s Taste of Chicago at Bayshore Inn offers up Windy City-inspired dogs with all the fixings. There’s also the Brew Brothers Tap House, where you can get a beer to pair with pizzas, burgers and so much more.
Go big or go home, right? For dinner, the Saltgrass Steak House at Golden Nugget Laughlin offers prime cuts, delicious entrees and homemade desserts.
There’s no shortage of exciting recreational and outdoor adventures and historic charm that, when added together, make the Laughlin experience the perfect getaway. Be sure to check out the 2024 guide to Laughlin and take a look at all of the shows and events to take in while you’re in this one-of-a-kind destination.