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Benicia Waterfront and Recreation

Benicia's beautiful waterfront creates an air of mystery and romance as you walk along the First Street Promenade and imagine a time when a robust maritime commerce filled the waterfront with bustling activity and a bit of intrigue.

As the former site of shipyards, tanneries and a ferry terminal, Benicia has seen its share of salty, nautical characters living and working along its waterfront. Jack London, who once fished the Strait near Benicia, used some of the lore surrounding the waterfront in Benicia as literary fodder. A marker at the foot of First Street recognizes Jack London as "The author who immortalized this locality in John Barleycorn and Tales of the Fish Patrol."

Today, Benicia's waterfront location remains one of the city's greatest attractions. Downtown is literally just a few steps from the scenic waterfront promenade, which allows visitors and residents an up-close glimpse of the impressive Carquinez Strait.

Aside from its spectacular vistas, the waterfront area is full of fun things to do, from the Benicia State Recreation Area to the Benicia Marina. Of Benicia's more than 20 parks, three are along the waterfront so you can enjoy picnicking and fishing. The area is also part of the San Francisco Bay Trail System.

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