A Memorable Day in Benicia

Head to this cozy waterfront city for a great day by the bay.

Nestled along the Carquinez Strait, Benicia’s rich history, acclaimed arts district, picturesque location, and hip, small town feel, make for a relaxing, fun escape. First Street is the place to browse for hours in the charming boutiques and art galleries, set against a scenic backdrop. The waterfront Promenade provides expansive views of the Carquinez Strait. There are plenty of dining choices for hungry visitors throughout town, ranging from casual comfort food to fine dining, including classic American, seafood, California cuisine, hearty diner food and international delights. Relaxation and rejuvenation are easy to find at over 40 spas in town – a tranquil, complete escape for couples or a “girls’ day” out.

History buffs will find many sites to explore Benicia’s colorful past, including the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park, the Benicia Fire Museum, the Clock Tower Fortress, and the Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns. Benicia’s vibrant art community adds character and depth to the city. With an estimated 500 artists in residence, there are many public and private galleries, studios and public art displays showcasing the work of these talented folks. Arts Benicia, the city’s art center and gallery, acts as a central hub for many community artists with regular, rotating exhibits.