The beautiful town of Benicia, the original state capitol of California, is brimming with good cheer, parks and playgrounds at every turn and on every length of riverbank, no matter how small, and on walk/run trails overlooking the water. It’s a place to rest and rejuvenate.
Main Street is filled with antique shops, restaurants and spas ending at the water’s edge, palm lined and lit up like the holidays all year round. By day people walk, run, fish and rest at the waterfront, overlooking the sparkling Carquinez Straights. From any comfy bench you may see freighters, the train that runs along the opposite bank or rowing teams in practice.
Thursdays bring the Benicia’s Farmers’ Market to Main Street (between B & D St.) , with music, veggies fruit and fresh cut flowers along with arts and crafts vendors, showcasing silver jewelry, sunglasses, soaps, wine totes, dog treats and more. And plenty of people watching! While savoring the gourmet food vendors’ fare, you can listen to music and children can enjoy face painting and the Bounce House on the First St. Green
Benicia is famous for it’s arts district, and interesting history — visit the Benicia Historical Museum to learn about Benicia’s roots and ask about Jack London, Ulysses S. Grant, and pirates! After this visit, you will not want to miss the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park.