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Samuel P. Taylor State Park is a popular park that offers a slew of activities for everyone to enjoy. Established in 1945, this 2,700-acre (1,092.7-hectare) park derives its name from Samuel Penfield Taylor. Visitors can enjoy camping, hiking and traversing well-marked trails. Some areas in the park are dog friendly. The South Creek Trail can also be accessed by those who have limited mobility. The park is a haven for nature lovers, and shelters diverse flora and fauna. Other natural attractions within the park include the Barnabe Peak and the Lagunitas Creek.
Outdoor and nature enthusiasts will relish a trip to this expansive state park whose landscape alternates between sandy stretches of land and marshy areas teeming with diverse wildlife. Benicia State Recreation Area offers a comprehensive experience of nature's bounties by way of numerous biking, hiking, camping and picnicking opportunities owing to its environs. Notable attractions within the park include Dillon Point and the Forrest Deaner Native Plants Botanic Garden.
The Old Borges Ranch is a historically significant district that was originally a family ranch owned by Frank Borges. This historical ranch forms the core of the Walnut Creek's Shell Ridge Open Space events and is now a ranger station. Open to all, visitors can explore the on-site home, farming machinery and other objects prevalent in that era. Check website for details.
Located in Novato, this beautiful winery hosts oenophiles from surrounding cities. The family-operated winery comprises of an expansive tasting room and an outdoor patio to indulge in leisurely wine-drinking. A visit to the Trek Winery will allow you to taste any five of their acclaimed wines for a small sum. Thereafter, you can pick from their splendid wine collection to take a bottle home.
Located within the Camel Barns Complex, The Benicia Historical Museum was established in May 1985. The museum has a rich collection of Benicia's history and culture. There are exhibits that showcase the military brilliance of the city when camels were put into usage as pack animals in the 19th Century. There are close to 12,500 exhibits that feature artifacts, photographs, and documents. Guided and educational tours are available on prior booking. Various local musical concerts and other events also take place at the museum. Come in to discover the old Benicia.