At the annual open house, merchants welcome the public inside for in-store promotions geared towards Spring & Summer. Donate an item to Benicia Main Street for the Benicia Family Resource Center and receive a discount card valid with participating downtown merchants. Some restrictions may apply.
It’s a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia!
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!
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
Warm, friendly people