Love, Long Beach: Fun Dates for Valentines

Won’t you be my Valentine? Long Beach is the perfect beachside destination for those struck with Cupid’s arrows; there are so many ways for the starry-eyed to enjoy a day or weekend together! Check out this list of local romantic activities for you and your boo. Love, Long Beach.

You’re My Swan and Only

Float the night away at the romantic Rainbow Lagoon, where you and your date can rent a lit Swan Boat and enjoy a private paddle with the glimmering lights of Shoreline Village and The Pike Outlets as your backdrop. Located at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, the boats are available with shaded canopies for day use or glowing LED lights for night rides through Wheel Fun Rentals.

Key To My Heart

Be My Valentino?

Rowed by gondoliers in classically striped shirts and straw hats, passengers have been serenaded while floating through the Italian-inspired waterways of Naples Islands for more than four decades thanks to Gondola Getaway (5437 E. Ocean Blvd.). The enchanting experience is best at sunset, with the boats meandering through the canals, under bridges and across a calm bay.

You’re The Cat’s Meow

You’re My Rock (Garden)

A dreamy oasis of Japanese black pines and blooming camellias awaits couples at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, a 1.3-acre serene public attraction on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Explore the Zigzag and Moon bridges, Koi Pond, Tea House and of course, the Rock Garden.

Take Love To New Heights

Love Written In The Sea Stars

Night Dive is a Valentine’s Day-themed evening for adults only at the Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way), where visitors have the unique opportunity to explore exhibits after dark. Nighttime at the Aquarium is a time when certain underwater creatures become more active, and docents are keen to point out some of the more unusual underwater mating rituals. The event at 7:30 p.m. on February 11 includes live music, food trucks and cocktails.