Home to a plethora of outdoor sports, Benicia is located on the north side of the Carquinez Strait, which is one of the nicest venues in Northern California for playing outside. Whether your warm weather go-to is water sports, hiking, biking, or perhaps something indoors, visitors will have a great time getting fit in Benicia. Here are a few of our favorite fitness hot spots that are ideal for getting in shape and meeting fellow fitness enthusiasts.

biking_offroadWater fans won’t want to miss the August heat for paddleboarding, kayaking, kitesurfing, and water fitness. Benicia Kite and Paddle Sports offers lessons, gear, tours and sales for just about everything you need to play on the bay. Established in 2012, this local’s favorite is known for broadening the horizons of seasoned water veterans, as well as providing fun and welcoming instruction for beginners. Interested in trying yoga on a paddleboard? Visit the website at kiteskatepaddle.com for more information, hours, and pricing.

Swimming is a great way to tone your muscles and reduce stress and tension. Perfect your breaststroke, backstroke, or butterfly in a lap lane at the James Lemos Swim Center located at 181 East J Street in Benicia. Open to the public with lifeguards on duty, this swim center is great for the entire family with a diving area and even a wading pool for the little ones. For more information on aquatics in Benicia visit the city website here.

Land dwellers can enjoy everything from a leisurely stroll along the water along the San Francisco Bay Trail, to a vigorous hike along the Bay Ridge Trail. You’ll experience breezes, occasional fog, and stunning views as you make your way along both paved and unpaved paths. Benicia’s State Recreation Area also has 2 ½ miles of trails traveled by runners, hikers, equestrians, and cyclists. Bring your bikes or rent them in town at Wheels in Motion Bike and Skate Shop on First Street.

Line_dancingPump up the jam during one of the many dance fitness classes offered to the public at the Community Center located at 370 East L Street. Take up Zumba or U-Jam, an athletic hip-hop dance fitness workout. Tuesday and Thursday evenings, dancers are invited to drop in for a line-dancing lesson. Boot, scoot, and boogie to the latest country music tunes while you work off your summer splurge. For additional class dates, times, and information call (707) 746-4285.

From the land to the sea, Benicia is one of the most active communities for getting fit. Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush or senior activities, there are lots of options here. Check out the latest Benicia Activity Guidefor a complete roster of fun ways to play, and plan your trip ahead of time. Or just drop in, and see where the wind, waves or whim takes you.