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

This Place Has History! and it just got easier to find out about it. Look for the newly installed 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. For example, the QR code on the sign outside the Southern Pacific Train Depot at 90 First Street links you to a mobile website with photos of the historic depot, information on the Benicia-Martinez ferry, a link to the California of the Past video about the Ferry, and other relevant library and museum materials.  

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

This two-phase project is a collaboration of the Benicia Public Library, Benicia Historical Museum, and Benicia Historical Society.


Downtown Benicia's First Street was named the Best Shopping 'Block' by Diablo Magazine in their July Best of the East Bay edition. The article made special mention of Angel Heart 4 You, Camellia Tea Room, Christina S, and Be Chic Boutique. The Rellik Tavern was named Best Late-Night Spot. More reason to plan your visit to the best kept secret in the San Francisco Bay Area and spend a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia.


The Sacramento Bee says Benicia ("the best kept little secret in the San Francisco Bay Area") is living up to its billing as a Great Day by the Bay. Read more here and check out their slideshow.


Visitors to Benicia can check out three world-class art glass studios. Creating a work of art from molten glass is an amazing process. See a vase come to life in this 2½ minute video.


The Los Angeles Times says, "...Historic Benicia, Calif., a Bay Area artists' haven." Read more here, then plan your Weekend Escape. 


Listen to our KGO interview about Benicia.


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 a few steps from the heart of downtown

  • Top-quality restaurants ranging from the Bay Area's best burger to gourmet fare

  • Scores of spas with rejuvenating and relaxing treatments

  • 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
30 Jan 2015 - 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Crab Feed + Rockin 80's Party - Liberty Gymnastics Parent Club

You're invited to the annual all-you-can-eat Crab Feed! Rock the 80s with the spinning styles of DJ Takyon. Win fun prizes with 80's trivia, and be sure to dress up for the 80's costume contest (prizes for "Best 80s Movie", "Best 80s Rocker", "Best 80s Boy" and "Best 80s Girl"). Plus, bid at the silent auction, featuring Disneyland tickets and a party room at the Rellik Tavern! This event supports competitive boys and girls gymnastics. Tickets must be purchsed in advance on the website or call (707) 342.7825.

31 Jan 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Artist Reception - Iconic Photographs of the American West

Meet artist Jenny Yandell at the reception for her exhibition "Iconic Photographys of the American West". Exhibit runs through February 13.

31 Jan 2015 - 6:00pm
Crab Feed - BPSEA

Benicia Public Service Employees Association invites you to enjoy CRAB plus salad, pasta, garlic bread, raffle prizes, and fun! Doors open at 6:00PM, No host cocktails 'til dinner at 7:00PM. Ticket are $45. Call Ed at 707.746.4229 or 479.0059. Proceeds benefit Outlaw Girls Softball Team

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