Get ready to hit the flower shop, pick up some chocolates from the store, and write a thoughtful card, folks, because Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, and if you’re hoping to avoid some less-than-loving looks from your special someone this year, you better start planning out your romantic evening ahead of time. Not sure where to begin? No worries — we’re here to help! For those of you living in or near Long Beach, California, there’s no shortage of fun things to do for Valentine’s Day in one of the state’s most gorgeous cities, and for those who don’t live there, it might be time to plan a trip. With its incredible weather and pristine ocean views, you can’t go wrong with a day spent at the shore, but if you’re looking for something a little out of the box this year, we’ve got you squared away on that front as well. Take a peek at this short list of some of our favorite things to do for Valentine’s Day in Long Beach and start booking your romantic extravaganza while you still can!


Do Valentine’s Dinner on the Water in Long Beach

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Long Beach Valentine’s Premier Dinner Cruise — If there’s one thing that we know for sure, it’s that a Long Beach dinner cruise is absolutely an unforgettable experience — and enjoying the city’s glorious sights and sounds from the comfort of a yacht is one of the most romantic things you can do this Valentine’s Day. Aboard the Long Beach Valentine’s Premier Dinner Cruise, you and your special someone can expect a delicious plated dinner crafted from local, seasonal ingredients at your previously reserved table. Then, after dinner, you can hit the dance floor and enjoy some of today’s top hits spun by our live onboard DJ, or you both can head outdoors and take in the sparkling night sky. As your vessel glides around the harbor, you’ll be treated to views of some of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. Get ready to listen to the barking of the playful sea lions and spot the towering yachts and sprawling mansions along the coast.


Start Your Valentine’s Day on a Brunch Cruise

Long Beach Premier Brunch Cruise — Already have dinner plans? No problem. If you’re hoping to get out on the water (and if you live in Long Beach, we have a feeling you probably are!), there’s no better way to spoil your sweetheart than with the Long Beach Premier Brunch Cruise. You and your special someone will savor an elegant day on Rainbow Harbor with City Cruises’ exceptional hospitality, delicious craft cocktails, chef-prepared menus, and top-notch service from the team of highly trained waitstaff. The onboard live entertainment sets the mood while you soak in the views of Long Beach from the water. You’ll delight in awe-inspiring sights, like the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, the Lion Lighthouse, and much more. This is an experience that you and your special guest will both remember forever — and, since City Cruises’ team is there to make sure your night is smooth sailing, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is taking enough pictures!


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Other Valentine’s Day Options in Long Beach

It’s hard to overstate just how much fun Long Beach can be for couples — especially with its incredible culture, rich history, delicious food and drink scene, and bustling energy — but for the most romantic day we can think of (along with a unique perspective and experience), enjoying Long Beach from the water is a surefire way to have a good time. Taking advantage of the city’s many outdoor attractions is a great way to spend a day with your special someone, so get your day started by reserving some swan boats at Rainbow Lagoon for a relaxing paddle on the water, complete with great views and shade. Then, you and your loved one can cap off your day downtown at the Long Beach Waterfront, where you can stroll along the ocean, pop into any of the numerous bars and restaurants located on the water, and possibly even take in a street performance.

Now, we would be remiss if we didn’t finish a list of things to do for Valentine’s Day in Long Beach without suggesting a few great places to grab a romantic dinner! This useful guide to some of the best restaurants in Long Beach is full of excellent options for you to wine and dine with your special someone this year like never before. Plus, thanks to the city’s delicious and varied cuisine options, you’ll be in good hands no matter where you go — just remember to reserve a table in advance!


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Book Your Valentine’s Day 2024 Plans with City Cruises Long Beach!

Long Beach is the perfect location for your 2024 Valentine’s Day plans. With its proximity to Los Angeles, and being a Southern California treasure, you’ll have options upon options to choose from. But nothing beats a romantic dining cruise along the Southern California coast, so start a new tradition and book a City Cruises Valentine’s Day cruise for you and your loved one today.