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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 the historical 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 Areas 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. 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 Sep 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
More Than Just Words: An Exploration of Poetry as a Life Force

Is poetry really just a bunch of obscure words, put together in lines that rhyme, or is it more than that? Johanna Ely, the current Benicia poet laureate, and three previous poets laureate, will explore the theme of poetry as a life force. Light refreshments will follow.

Ely, along with Don Peery, Lois Requist, and Ronna Leon, will be reading some of their own poetry, as well as responding to a few interview questions, presented by First Tuesday poet, Mary Susan Gast. They will also read poems written by Benicia’s first poet laureate, Joel Fallon, and second poet laureate, Robert Shelby, both of whom died in 2016. Audience members will be invited to ask questions after the reading.

28 Sep 2017 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Benicia Farmers Market

Benicia Main Street draws many people to its popular Farmers Market. The Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, gourmet food, delicious hot foods, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and face painting.

29 Sep 2017 (All day) - 30 Sep 2017 (All day)
Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend

Meet former Project Runway designers at Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend, Sept 29-30, in downtown Benicia. Tickets on sale soon for Meet & Greet and a professional Runway Show hosted by Christina S Fashion Destination. Like & follow Visit Benicia for updates.