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

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: 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

  • 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
18 Feb 2017 (All day) - 25 Feb 2017 (All day)
Pamper Me Week

A week dedicated to discovering all the number of ways to relax, rejuvenate, and pamper yourself on First Street. More info at www.BeniciaMainStreet.org.

25 Feb 2017 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Black Irish in Concert

Take Celtic, Spanish, and Italian Music, and mix it up, you get the true nature of the Black Irish. Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America, the four member Black Irish Band have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted.

Doors open at 7:00PM, concert at 8:00PM. No-Host Bar. Tickets are $25, available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2794674

25 Feb 2017 - 6:00pm
Crab Feed - Benicia Lion's Club

You're invited to attend the 47th annual crab feed with cocktails at 6:00 PM, dinner at 7:00 PM, followed by music and dancing. There will be a no-host bar and silent auction & raffle. Tickets are $50 and are available by calling 707.771.8116.