In Laughlin the adjacent Colorado River plays a large role offering aquatic sports but for us a relaxing river cruise.
The ship was Celebration River Boat which operates daily with 90 minutes cruises and a guide offering information about the nearby Davis Dam and how Laughlin began in 1966 and has expanded to the present. It has an open upper deck and below a comfortable enclosed air conditioned cabin with a full bar as well as snacks and lunches. In all Celebration can accommodate 112 passengers. We enjoyed the Cruise which provided a serene way to relax and enjoy the river shores and desert views beyond. The tour guide aboard offered us a good deal of information with his running commentary on the role the River. The River Cruises start at Aquarius Resort boat dock seven days a week. For more information call 800 228-9825.
In Laughlin we spent one morning wandering through some of the casino hotels. We became reacquainted with Aquarius where we stayed on a previous visit, the Edgewater, Golden Nugget and Harrah's where we stayed this visit. Buffets are popular in Laughlin and we tried Harrah's Fresh Market Square for dinner with complete satisfaction and the Edgewater Grand Buffet for breakfast one morning.
The Colorado River and upstream Mojave Lake make Laughlin a great place for aquatic pursuits. Then there is the surrounding desert with a whole new pattern of hiking and biking trails that have been developed. One day we entered Lake Mead National Recreation Area to visit Davis Dam, Katherine Landing and Lake Mohave. This involved about a fifteen minute drive from our hotel. The scenic beauty was in plentiful supply and the blue waters of Lake Mojave most inviting.
For us we found one can escape the hurly and burly almost entirely by stepping outside to the river walk. Here all is serene with the silent flow of the water, never ending clear skies and with patios and green gardens adding to the scene. The river path also is the perfect way to move from one Casino to another.
The numerous water taxis offer an easy, delightful way to move from Casino to Casino so one can leave the personal car parked. Or to whisk one from the Arizona side of the river to Laughlin. Every Casino has its own dock for this service