Have you ever wondered where the song, “London Bridge is Falling Down,” came from? Okay, it was actually around long before the London Bridge was dismantled in 1967 and re-erected in a tiny new town in the Mojave Desert of Arizona, but we bet you’ll always hear that song in your head when you visit the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City from here on out. When Lake Havasu City’s founder, Robert P. McCulloch Sr., was given the opportunity to purchase the London Bridge, indeed he saw an opportunity he couldn’t refuse. Knowing that it would draw travelers from near and far, McCulloch gambled that the historical landmark would ensure the future of Lake Havasu City, and indeed it has.
Today, the London Bridge is the second largest tourist attraction in Arizona, topped only by the Grand Canyon. Attracting visitors from around the world, you’ll find that people from all walks of life, including photographers, filmmakers, travel writers, and history buffs all come to appreciate the historical landmark and revel in its beauty. The bridge is also a draw for boaters, kayakers, paddle boarders, and music lovers (who revel at the live concerts under its acoustical arches).
London Bridge Historic Walking Tour
The Lake Havasu City Visitor Center will gladly guide you on a walking tour of the London Bridge. During the 90-minute tour, visitors will stroll across the Bridgewater Channel and encounter points of interest such as scars from a German aircraft fire and mysterious graffiti from World War II. The tour costs $10 and is free for children 12 and under. Call the Visitor Center to schedule your tour at 928-855-5655.
Shopping and Restaurants
Visiting the London Bridge today brings a plethora of fun and entertainment. With shops lining the waterfront, it’s a picturesque scene of children eating ice cream, lovers holding hands, and families laughing together as they soak in the sun and sights. There are a large variety of shops offering unique, one-of-a-kind pieces ranging all the way to tourist shops providing light up London Bridge keychains that the grandkids will love when you get home.
Experience the London Bridge from a unique angle—underneath! With multiple boat tour companies offering a variety of packages, you can get a unique history of the bridge with some amazing photo opportunities to boot. Hop on a party barge, catch a ride to the casino, or climb aboard an old steamboat for a trip back in time.