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Benicia State Recreation Area, Benicia

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Benicia State Recreation Area is a state park unit of California, USA, protecting tidal wetland. It is located in Solano County 2mi west of downtown Benicia. The park covers 447acre of marsh, grassy hillsides and rocky beaches along the narrowest portion of the Carquinez Strait. Southampton Creek and the tidal marsh front Southampton Bay, where the combined waters of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers approach San Pablo Bay.HistoryDon José de Cañizares — diarist on the 1769 overland Portola expedition and who sailed with Don Juan Manuel de Ayala on the San Carlos, the first ship to enter San Francisco Bay on August 5, 1775 — named the cove north and west of Benicia Puerto de las Asunta (Assumption Harbor in Spanish) because he discovered it on that feast day in 1775. The cove is noted as "J" on Cañizares' famous 1781 Map of San Francisco Bay. The present name, Southampton Bay, is for the Navy frigate Southampton, which Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones sailed, along with a small fleet, to the cove in 1849.
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  • Part of wandering around Benicia took us down to this lovely park area, mainly for a stroll and a look around. It was fairly interesting goings on with people out and about, and a few joggers and even...  more »
  • This park is great for walking and riding bikes. The paths are paved and busy after work time. It is a great place to take a walk in the sunshine along the water front.  more »
  • Well maintained - safe and beautiful scenery. You can see all types of animals, birds and reptiles..  more »
  • We came her for a friends grad party. Day passes cost $6 per vehicle and the park rangers are so sweet and helpful. It has beautiful views, tons of hiking, and even some camp sites. I live too far to jog here or walk my dogs, but it's got some great trails for all of that. Definitely worth the trip.
  • Met up with some friends here with our 7 year old boys to get some outdoor time and picnic. Parking is cash only. Can get windy and we were warned to gbe aware of the tide when walking along the shoreline. Easy trail hiking and rocky beach play for kids - glad we came here!
  • We live in Sacramento and it's a nice little 60-90 minute drive where the breeze is cool and a great place to picnic, watch tug boats pull barges out under the Carquinez Bridge on out to the upper reaches of S.F. Bay. Amtrak is always busy across the water. The old C&H factory is out there a ways, kind of a mystery figuring that thing out but it's an icon. The botanical garden has it's moments, it's taken care of ok. Look hard, there's things to see and do. Good walking, fresh air, family picnics. I like it, give it a solid 3 rating because I save 4's and 5's for bigger better places but you can't go wrong here.
  • Nice small park with some great views of the Carquinez straits. There are a lot of trails and seating. Great for families.
  • State Park is awesome has a great place to run and ride your bike, plus wildlife and some water fountains and restrooms at the end. Wish I could camp here....