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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
27 Aug 2016 - 8:00am - 7:00pm
First Annual Benicia Plein Air Paint Out and Reception

Forty Plein Air artists working in all styles and mediums will be painting at various locations around picturesque Benicia for Benicia Plein Air Gallery’s First Annual Plein Air Paint Out from 8:00-3:00 PM. Fine Art Judge John Finger will choose the prize winning paintings. Awards will be presented to the winners at 4:30 PM by Benicia Mayor Elizabeth Patterson. You are invited to enjoy the art, food and music from 4:30 - 7:00 PM!

28 Aug 2016 - 1:00pm
One Soldier's Experience: National Guard Service Home and Abroad

Captain Christopher J. Meloy's personal military story is interwoven with the history of the Army National Guard, detailing a variety of his experiences, including administrative support to the Special Olympics World Games, as well as his time deployed to Afghanistan.

Captain Christopher J. Meloy, currently Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC) Commander of Benicia's 749th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. Through his photographs and narrative, Captain Meloy paints an intriguing picture of life today as a soldier in this relatively unknow component of the US military located in our own backyard.

1 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.