Unique Proposal Spots in Long Beach

With long sandy beaches, fairy tale canals, heart swelling sunsets and inspired ocean creatures, Long Beach is full of beautiful places to pop the question. You know, THE Question. Proposals happen all over the city, from messages placed in bobbing bottles to one’s given via sea lion. In a city made for memories, there’s lots of choices in choosing where to ask your chosen. We propose these!


There may be some of you who don’t think of the Aquarium of the Pacific (100 Aquarium Way) as a romantic spot. But, c’mon, how magical is holding hands with your honey while being mesmerized by dancing jellyfish or strolling in the underwater tunnel where, not long ago, someone popped the question. (She said yes!) The Aquarium is even willing to lend a hand. You see, its Animal Encounters program allows folks to get up close with animals such as penguins, sea lions and parrots. And, a few times each month, someone makes good use of the encounter, utilizing a sea lion or penguin to deliver a let's get hitched message. How cute is that? To arrange this encounter, you’ll need to get in touch with the Aquarium’s special events team. You may be contacting them again later on, since they also help arrange weddings at the Aquarium.

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific



There’s likely no more iconic, romantic activity In Long Beach – and even Southern California – than sharing a gondola with your sweetheart through the canals of Naples. Gondola Getaway’s (5437 E. Ocean Blvd.) traditionally trained and outfitted gondoliers have ferried and serenaded couples through the enchanting waterways and underneath small bridges, where it’s traditional to smooch, for 40 years. Not surprisingly, more than a few have used the ride to propose. Many take advantage of Gondola Getaway’s unique Message In A Bottle service that allows you to write your proposal on a piece of paper, put it in a bottle which is then placed discreetly in the water so your gondolier “discovers” it, retrieves it and gives it to the couple to see what lies inside.

Credit: Elegant Photography



One of the great gathering places in the city, especially on the Fourth of July, the Lions Lighthouse For Sight (200 Aquarium Way) was funded by the Long Beach Lions Club and dedicated in 2000 to highlight the organization's quest of “ending blindness in the world.” The 10-story structure rises from a small circled peninsula surrounded by the shimmering water of Rainbow Harbor. Referred to as a “faux” lighthouse, since its light is not really designed for shipping purposes, it is nonetheless highly photogenic and therefore highly Instagrammable, making it one of the top spots in the city for social media moments. Not surprisingly, this fact makes it a place to not only pop the question, but chronicle the very romantic, very Long Beach moment.


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