Valentine’s Day Long Beach
Credit: Timothy Kwon
Valentine’s Day Long Beach
Credit: Timothy Kwon

8 Dates to Please Your Lover in Long Beach This February

Calling All Long Beach Lovers! Your Valentine’s Day Itinerary Is Here

Don’t try to fight it—the season of chocolates, pink color palettes and terms of endearment is here. But truthfully, any reminder to show a loved one just how much you care is worth celebrating! If you’ve caught feelings, now it’s time to hop in a helicopter or catch a burlesque show for an unforgettable celebration of love. Long Beach is brimful of romantic rendezvous, and we did the heavy lifting by mapping out the ultimate dates for you and your valentine this February. Cheers, lovers!


Dine at San Pedro Fish Market

Valentine’s Day Long Beach - San Pedro Fish Market
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Dinner is a Valentine’s Day non-negotiable, but the pressure of cooking and the race to find a reservation is less than romantic. Opt for a relaxed evening at San Pedro Fish Market. Perched on the marina, this laid-back restaurant boasts romantic waterfront vistas and clear starry skies. Their Celebrate Love menu will be available Feb. 11-14 for those who wish to kickstart Valentine’s Day festivities early and features shareable appetizers like fritto misto and carpaccio, along with entrees like roasted mushroom risotto and a surf + turf with crushed potato and a red wine demi glaze. Be sure to order a dozen oysters, too—they’re an aphrodisiac, after all! And share your love of seafood on social media before the big day to be entered to win dinner for two.


Cruise Away With Gondola Getaway

Jazzy tunes fill the air as you nestle into your beau or belle and float downstream in a gondola for two. The sky settles into a soft hazy pink and feels like a dream. Long Beach’s best kept secret, Gondola Getaway ensures a storybook-worthy date with private Venetian cruises. Their Valentine’s Day special, available starting Feb. 10, is complete with a long-stemmed red rose, picture keepsake, cozy blankets and complimentary corkage. Now that’s amore!


Take a Pottery Class at Clay on First


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Maybe it’s the way potters mold clay with a delicate yet firm touch—or maybe it was Patrick Swayzee in “Ghost”—but we’ll just say it: pottery is sexy! Straddle up and take a spin at the wheel at Clay on First for Toast to Ghost Valentine’s Day classes. With local beers and wine flowing and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers playing in the background, couples can learn their way around the wheel.

Feed the Koi at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

Valentine’s Day Long Beach - Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
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Don’t play koi! Walk amongst draping willows in the serene atmosphere of Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. It’s the perfect place to tell your loved one just how much you adore them. Sit together by the tranquil pond and feed the koi; they will pop their heads up and out of the water for an afternoon treat! Just be sure to make a reservation about a week in advance, as feedings fill up fast. Finish the day with a treat for yourselves at the Tea House.


Aerial Tour With IEX Helicopters


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Impress your valentine with a helicopter tour this February. Not only will it earn you bonus points throughout the year, but it’s also unforgettable fun! Breathtaking aerial views of LA’s skyline allow you to see the city from a whole new perspective. Hold your loved one tight as you soar up and away! IEX Helicopters also offers marine expeditions, coastal tours and a romantic picnic option where a helicopter whisks you to an exclusive lunch on the hills of Catalina Island.


Watch a Burlesque Show at Harvelle’s

Swanky, sexy and uproariously funny, burlesque shows put some spice into your date-night routine. Step into the cabaret-style jazz lounge of Long Beach’s underground comedy and burlesque club, Harvelle’s. Complete with red leather seating and glossy wood floors, Harvelle’s is a scene straight out of a movie. With eight shows throughout February, including a Valentine’s special event, there are ample opportunities to see what all the fuss is about. 


Grab a Glass of Wine at District Wine


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Cheers to love with a bold red blend or rich white chardonnay at District Wine just off the marina. Their carefully curated selection highlights wines up the coast and around the globe, and the warm jazzy lounge is the perfect place to snuggle up all month long. Menu must-haves are the Ned Sauvignon Blanc and Smokescreen Chemist Blend with notes of mocha and plum. Get 25% off a bottle on Wine Wednesday; be sure to check the calendar for live music too.


Let Me Take You Dancing 

Go Dancing at Cafe Sevilla 

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Cafe Sevilla is covering all the bases this month. This Spanish-style bar is known for its invigorating live music seven nights a week. From the salsa to the rumba, the energy of the dance floor is exhilarating! On Feb. 11, Cafe Sevilla will host its annual “Don’t Text The Ex” brunch with love potion shots and dazzling flamenco shows at night. Feb. 12 is for the girls with a Galentine’s Brunch, complete with a DJ and free peach bellinis with any brunch entree. Lovers, come down on Feb. 14 for a four-course meal!

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Lover of the beach, food and fitness, Emily enjoys exploring all sunny Southern California has to offer! She has a passion for sharing about her favorite local gems and began writing for Locale in 2022. On the weekends, find her creating recipes for her food blog or out in Laguna!


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