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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:

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
21 Jan 2017 (All day) - 28 Jan 2017 (All day)
Downtown Benicia Restaurant Week

Downtown Benicia celebrates California Restaurant Month with Restaurant Week in January. A dining passport offers 15% discount at participating eateries (conditions may apply). More into at

21 Jan 2017 (All day) - 19 Feb 2017 (All day)
The Art of a Community

Arts Benicia will begin its 30th year with one of our most important exhibitions, The Art of a Community, which showcases the multifaceted talents of our artist members. Arts Benicia is wheelchair accessible from Jackson Street.

Activities in conjunction with this exhibition:

-Opening Reception:  Saturday, January 28, 6:00-8:00 PM Free and open to the public

-Family Art Day: Sunday, January 29, 1:00–3:00 PM Free and open to the public

-Ekphrastic Poetry Readings from the Benicia First Tuesday Poets: Saturday, February 4, 2:00–4:00 PM Free and open to the public

21 Jan 2017 - 8:00pm
Golden Bough in Concert

Celtic group Golden Bough starts off the new year with a concert in Benicia. Doors open at 7:00 PM; no-host bar. Tickets $25 available at Museum office, Museum gift shop,, and Bookshop Benicia.