Often overlooked for destinations in Los Angeles, Long Beach deserves your attention as a playground for all kinds of photographers. Whether it’s the Aquarium of the Pacific, The Queen Mary, or The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens, you’ll be able to spice up your Instagram feed with photos from the LBC. Continue reading for our list of the top 10 Instagrammable photo spots in Long Beach.
In our opinion, there’s no greater photography subject than marine life. Luckily, The Aquarium of the Pacific is a world-class public aquarium right in our beautiful backyard. You’ll have the chance to pose for photos in front of sharks, sea otters, lorikeets, seals, jellies, tropical fish, and plenty more creatures. Now you can do your IG feed a favor while educating yourself on the marine ecosystem we know and love in California.
Address: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Queen Mary is undoubtedly one of Long Beach’s most iconic attractions and of course the subject of countless Instagram photos. We love the Queen Mary because it’s photogenic from all different angles. You can snap a selfie on-board or set-up an artsy shot from across the water. There’s always something going on aboard the Queen Mary, so check out their calendar of events to plan your next photo op.
Address: 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
There’s just nothing better than a big, bold, and pink wall for a quality Instagram post. That’s why countless influencers migrate to the “Pink wall” at the Museum of Latin American Art in the heart of Long Beach. Crop yourself next to big beautiful cacti and one of a kind sculptures for an Instagram post that will rack up the likes and just plain look nice. We suggest slowly making your way through the museum prior to taking photos as it’s well worth the cost of admission.
Address: 628 Alamitos Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Creative photographers will love this attraction for its 2,000 vibrant LED lights that make for astonishing slow shutter speed photos. Housed at the Pike Outlets, this 9-foot-high wheel was originally built in 2005 for the once-successful waterfront amusement park. The wheel was then renovated in 2017 and brought back to its original glory. Click here for a list of upcoming events at the Pike Outlets.
Address: 95 S Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden on the campus of Cal State University Long Beach will transport you to paradise. Make sure you have plenty of space on your memory card as there are quaint photo spots around every corner. While you’re there, make sure to enjoy the playful koi, explore the snaking walkways, check out the tea house, and relax in the zen garden.
Address: Earl Warren Dr, Long Beach, CA 90840
One of our favorite things about Long Beach is the initiative to cover city walls in murals from talented artists. The murals are made possible by a group called POW! WOW! Long Beach that puts on an International Mural Festival that brings professional murals to public spaces. There are now multiple murals throughout the city and you can view them all on this interactive map.
Address: various locations all across Long Beach
Looking for the quintessential California photo of beachy palm trees framing a bursting sunset? The Beachfront Bike Path in Long Beach is exactly what you’re looking for. This 3.1 mile path, along the sand, is frequented by bikers, walkers, rollerbladers, and anyone else looking for a nice view.
Address: Head to E. Ocean Boulevard and look for parking
Rancho Los Alamitos will transport you back in time to a gorgeous 7.5 acres of landscaped ranch land. Explore the gardens and tree-lined paths to find the perfect photo op for your IG feed. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features a classic adobe ranch house. Now owned by the city of Long Beach, this is a must-visit destination for anyone heading to Long Beach.
Address: 6400 East Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, California 90815
Cal State University Long Beach, otherwise known as “The Beach,” boasts one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the Country. That’s fitting for this 332-acre campus with master-planned architecture, beautiful landscaping, and environmental sculptures. Not to mention, the Walter Pyramid is one of the largest pyramid-shaped buildings in all of the United States. It won’t take you long to find a photo spot on this classic California campus.
Address: 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840
10. Naples Canals
The Naples Canals in Long Beach are an amazing destination to view holiday and Christmas lights, but with Southern California weather it’s a can’t miss year-round destination. You can even hire a gondola from Gondola Getaway, which just so happens to be the oldest and largest fleet in the United States. Click here to view to company’s Valentine’s offerings and prices.
Address: 5437 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803
Looking for convenient hotel accommodations to experience all the beautiful attractions that Long Beach has to offer? Hotel Current is conveniently located just minutes away from all the action of downtown, the airport, and plenty of other attractions. If you’re looking for even more things to do in the LBC, check out our attractions page. Book your local stay with Hotel CURRENT today!