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

How do you spend a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia? Check out this short video to see one visitor's day spend enjoying the best kept secret in the San Francisco Bay Area, Benicia.

Don't leave Fido at home! It's always a Great Dog Day by the Bay in Benicia. Check out our blog for tips on how to visit Benicia with Man's Best Friend.

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 newly installed 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:

Downtown Benicia's First Street was named the Best Shopping 'Block' by Diablo Magazine in their July Best of the East Bay edition. The article made special mention of Angel Heart 4 You, Camellia Tea Room, Christina S, and Be Chic Boutique. The Rellik Tavern was named Best Late-Night Spot. More reason to plan your visit and spend a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia.

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 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 2015 (All day) - 31 Oct 2015 (All day)
Scarecrow Contest

Stroll downtown Benicia and be greeted by scarecrows fashioned by downtown businesses, then vote for your favorite.

8 Oct 2015 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
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.

FALL CLOSING HOURS: September 17 & 24 close 7:30PM; October close 7:00PM.

10 Oct 2015 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Benicia Fire Department Open House

Benicia Fire Department invites you to their annual Open House. The day includes free food, goodie bags for first 200 children, fire engine rides, fire engine show & tell, face painting, hands-on extinguisher demo, rope rescue demo, Coast Guard boat tours, fire station tours.

Participats: CHP, Medic Ambulance, BERT, Fire volunteers-reserves-explorers, Benicia Police, Valero Fire Department, BARC, REACH Air Medical, PG&E, Benicia 9-1-1 Dispatchers, United States Coast Guard.

This fun day is free to all.

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