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It’s a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia!

Photo Content!Visit Benicia invites you to participate in our Annual Digital Photo Contest. We are looking for striking digital images to celebrate your Benicia experience! Your images should highlight the beauty, fun, adventure, history and charm of Benicia.

Click here to enter your photo, and you could win a great prize!


Bird's-Eye View of Benicia Sunrise to Sunset, a great day by the bay in Benicia: Fly over our beautiful waterfront town in the San Francisco Bay Area and see why so many people are discovering A Great Day by the Bay in Benicia!

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NPR travel writer Tom Wilmer, host of Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, made a recent visit to Benicia and produced podcasts highlighting First Street, the Benicia State Capitol, the Benicia Arsenal art scene, and waterfront lodging, the Benicia Historical Museum, and other history. Take a listen and discover this hidden jewel of the San Francisco Bay Area, then plan your Great Day by the Bay in Benicia. 


Look for the small yellow This Place Has History! plaques on the poles of historic markers around Benicia. Use your smart phone to read the QR code for on the spot connection to a website that contains photos and info about the history of that location.   

No QR code reader? The same information can be found on a website: m.historicalbenicia.org.


Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Benicia has been inspiring authors, sculptors, painters and other visionaries for more than 160 years with its beautiful setting, vibrant cultural scene and small-city charm. Today, visitors are enjoying that same variety of incredible experiences, plus much more. In fact, people say a magical combination of elements came together in just the right way to make Benicia what it is today.

Among its many attractions are:

  • An internationally recognized arts district

  • A waterfront (still used for commerce and recreation) literally steps from the heart of downtown

  • Two state parks including the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park

  • Top-quality restaurants ranging from the Bay Area's sea food to gourmet fare

  • Scores of spas with rejuvenating and relaxing treatments

  • Antiques, antiques, antiques!

  • Unique shops with one-of-a-kind items

  • Historical landmarks of national significance, as well as a spicy past that features the likes of author Jack London and future president Ulysses S. Grant

  • Breathtaking views

  • Warm, friendly people

For more information about visiting Benicia, please see our Visitor Info or view our brochure (PDF). And become a fan of the Visit Benicia Facebook Page for special deals, insider tips and up-to-the-minute news about this very special getaway.

For more information about Benicia city services, please visit the City of Benicia Website.

Upcoming Highlighted Events
29 Sep 2016 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Farmers Market

Benicia Main Street draws many people to it's popular Farmer's Market, offering fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, gourmet food, delicious hot foods, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and face painting. Every Thursday through October.

1 Oct 2016 (All day) - 31 Oct 2016 (All day)
Scarecrow Contest

As people stroll downtown during the month of October they will be greeted by scarecrows fashioned by downtown businesses. Vote for your favorite at participating locations or at Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street.

1 Oct 2016 - 9:00am
Bay Day & SF Bay Area Water Trail Dedication

Benicia is where the San Francisco Bay Trail, the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the new SF Bay Area Water Trail meet.

Celebrate the inaugural Bay Day in Benicia with the dedication of Benicia's first SF Bay Area Water Trail site. Following the dedication, the SF Bay Trail Project invites you to join Benicia Bicycle Club on a 25-mile ride starting at Alvarez Ninth Street Park. You’ll head east over the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, through Martinez Carquinez Regional Shoreline, then through Crocket and over the Carquinez Bridge, ending at the Benicia State Recreation Area. Bicyclists are welcome to join the ride at West Ninth Street but a signed waiver is required (available on-site).  Note: Because the Bay and Ridge Trails are works in progress, this ride will mostly utilize existing city streets and county roads. This is a moderate paced ride that involves hills. Riders should be experienced and comfortable riding on roads with traffic. Helmets are required. This ride is not appropriate for children.

Benicia Outrigger Canoe Club will be providing free canoe rides (waiver required, equipment provided) and Benicia Kite & Paddle Sports will be offering free Stand Up Paddleboard sessions after the dedication.