Water sports in and around the gambling town.

By Travel + Leisure
August 31, 2012
Courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau

Family-friendly Laughlin has its casinos, but the river’s the real draw. Once you’ve explored the area’s fascinating gold mining history, hit the water. Options include cruises, white water rafting, and more.

Laughlin River Tours

Take a cruise of the Colorado River on one of two boats tricked out to look like old-time paddle-wheel steamers.

Colorado River Museum

Explore the area’s history, including exhibits on gold mining, steamboating, and even an “ancient” slot machine.

Black Bear Diner

Go for the down-home comfort food, like giant portions of meatloaf and garlic fries followed by the obscenely large Sundae Supreme.

Tropicana Express

The just-renovated hotel has surprisingly hip, modern rooms. The real draw is the train, “Lucky 7,” a replica of the Genoa (which worked the Virginia and Truckee Line in northern Nevada 100 years ago) that will haul you around the 27-acre property for free.