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It’s a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia!

This short video on the Visit Benicia YouTube channel gives you a sneak-peak at what you'll see when you visit the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park in downtown Benicia, one of the most historic cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. See if you know the answer to the story of the hats...

The Sacramento Bee says Benicia ("the best kept little secret in the San Francisco Bay Area") is living up to its billing as a Great Day by the Bay. Read more here and check out their slideshow.


Visitors to Benicia can check out three world-class art glass studios. Creating a work of art from molten glass is an amazing process. See a vase come to life in this 2½ minute video.

The Los Angeles Times says, "...Historic Benicia, Calif., a Bay Area artists' haven." Read more here, then plan your Weekend Escape. 

Listen to our KGO interview about Benicia.

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 a few steps from the heart of downtown
  • Top-quality restaurants ranging from the Bay Area's best burger to gourmet fare
  • Scores of spas with rejuvenating and relaxing treatments
  • 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 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 Apr 2014 - 7:00pm
Literary Salon

The Literary Salon kicks-off with an informal session and discussion of characters.

23 Apr 2014 - 11:30am - 1:30pm
New York Fashion Week in Benicia - Luncheon & Fashion Show

Celebrate your Administrative Professional with lunch and a fashion show featuring Richard Hallmarq of Project Runway Season 11 and fashions from Christina S and Be Chic. Proceeds benefit Benicia Community Action Council and Senior Meals Program. Tickets are $35.

24 Apr 2014 - 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Certified Farmers Market

It's back, first Farmers Market of the season! 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.

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