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

Stroll downtown and around town and you'll be greeted by scarecrows fashioned local businesses and organizations on display through October. Winning entries are:

Peoples Choice: 1st-Training Loft 714, 2nd-Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific, 3rd-Dianna's Bakery & Cafe

Mystery Judge Picks: 1st-Camellia Tea Room, 2nd-Gallerie Renee Marie, 3rd-Dianna's Bakery & Cafe

Click here for the gallery of scarecrows.

26 Oct 2016 - 7:00pm
Halloween at the Library

Bring your carved pumpkin to enter the twentieth annual Jack-o-Lantern Contest at 7:00 PM, or just come vote for your favorite. While the judges choose the winners, listen to some scary stories; very scary ones told in the dark for brave children (8 and up), and less scary ones for younger children. The contest is open to everyone, including teens and adults, so show off those carving skills! (No flashing lights in the pumpkins, please.)

28 Oct 2016 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Haunted Depot

The normally mild-mannered Southern Pacific Railroad Depot has been mysteriously transformed into a frightful depository of ghosts, goblins, and spirits luring you inside for a scare. Hours are Fridays, 6:00-9:00 PM; Saturdays, 12:00-4:00 PM & 6:00-9:00 PM; and Sundays, 12:00-4:00 PM; Halloween, 6:00-9:00 PM. Check website for fee.