Take a look at the Lake Havasu Weather WebCam on any given summer day. You'll see it gets might toasty each summer in Lake Havasu City. In fact, the Colorado River town holds the all-time record high temperature in Arizona history with 128 degrees F. recorded on June 29, 1994. This temperature is also the highest for a town or city in the Western Hemisphere.
Here are 10 ways to keep your cool during a summer visit to Arizona’s West Coast:
1. Get Out on the Water
Stay cool and explore the many memorable attractions that the Colorado River has to offer. Lake Havasu boat rental companies have powerboat, personal watercraft, standup paddleboard, canoe and kayaks for rent. Or charter a boat for you and your family or friends to enjoy. You get the boat, a licensed captain and his or her crew at your service. Who needs towels when you’ll be dry minutes after taking a dip?
2. Visit the Aquatic Center
The city-owned Aquatic Center in the C.V. Wood Community Center has an indoor waterslide, a wave pool, kiddie pool, and outdoor splash area. Older kids and adults have two heated pools and a lap pool available. There is also a regular schedule for adult aquatic fitness classes and children's swimming lessons.
3. Cool Off at the Heat Hotel Bar
Despite its sizzling name, the waterfront Heat Hotel’s outdoor bar has a misting system which serves as an outdoor air conditioner, cooling you down as the temperature rises. Plus, it offers one of the city’s best views of the iconic London Bridge, an historic Arizona tourist attraction and Lake Havasu City’s claim to fame.
4. Sweet Dreams are Made of This
Take a stroll along McCullough Blvd. in the Downtown Havasu district and enjoy a tasty frozen treat. According to Yelp, the top ice cream shops in town include Copper Spoon, Megan and Erik’s Water and Ice, Scoops, Small Cakes, Sugar Rush, and Yogurt Paradise.
5. Splish, Splash Pads
When the kids are done splashing around at the Aquatic Center, take them for more aquatic adventures at Lake Havasu City's splash pads. You'll find them at Mesquite Park (2140 Mesquite Ave.) and The Shops at Lake Havasu mall. Kids can't get enough of the ground nozzles that randomly spray water upwards out of the splash pad's rain deck. You never know when and where it's going to come up next.
6. The Water Jetpack Has Arrived
While we’re still waiting for flying cars to be invented, anyone can rent a flyboard: a recreational device you fly over water by means of water propulsion. This baby is pumping out 255 HP to get you flying 30 feet in the air, or 30 mph over the water.
7. Visit a Sandy White Sand Beach
Hawaii may have its black sand lava beaches, but how much fun is that when it’s 110 degree F. outside? You’d think that in a landlocked, desert-heavy state like Arizona, the situation would be grim for beach lovers. Yet Lake Havasu City has beautiful sandy lake beaches with Caribbean-like white sand specially ordered from a quarry in Nevada – a heavier, denser material and less susceptible to blowing away or sticking to blankets. Find this blazingly white sand at Lake Havasu and Cattail Cove State Parks.
8. Rent a Floating Tiki Bar
A new attraction this year – the first in the state – is a floating tiki bar available to rent for 90-minute periods. It comes with a licensed captain, ice chests, and six padded bamboo chairs. Want to really be cool? Rent one of these.
9. Take a Jet Boat Tour
Cruise down the Colorado River on a jet boat. Or for something more leisurely, you can take a ferry back and forth across to the California side for just $2 roundtrip. Cruising at sunset is perhaps the best time of the day to cool off out on the water.
10. Have a Tall One
While you're in Lake Havasu City, there is no shortage of bars and lounges to grab a cold brew (or something stronger if you prefer). If you like your brews local, consider a visit to city breweries Barley Brothers Restaurant & Brewery, College Street Brewhouse & Pub, Mudshark Brewery, or Black Bridge Brewery. All four of Lake Havasu City's breweries have distinctive personalities but share something important: an undying love for the beer and people of Lake Havasu City.