Summer Sports

The best way to take advantage of summer is through summer sports, whether you’re actually into competition or just want an excuse to get outside and get moving.

The good news: There are plenty of fun sports to play, from relaxing to intense, and beginner to challenging. And plenty of places in Benicia to play! You certainly don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to partake — and even if you don’t want to play an organized sport, you can still get active, head outside, and take a walk or go for a hike. But if you are ready to embrace your inner athlete, here are a few fun summer sports. 

Swimming

Swimming is a great way to get active in the water — especially if you can’t stand the idea of sweating it out on land on a scorching summer day. Whether you swim competitively, for exercise, or for fun, summer is the perfect time to do more of it. Head to the James Lemos Swimming pool and dive in.

man swimming laps in pool

Baseball and Softball

There’s a reason baseball is often referred to as “America’s favorite pastime.” It’s fun — and not just fun to watch. In fact, some might argue it’s far more enjoyable to actually play and be part of the action. There are adult and youth baseball happening at various fields in Benicia. Check the Benicia Parks and Community Services Department for fields and schedules. It’s great summer fun as a player or spectator.

Soccer

Soccer is another high-cardio, high-energy game that is perfect to play outdoors with friends. If you haven’t played yet, it’s never too late to learn … and it’s really fun to watch.

Biking

Biking is one of those old-school activities that’s just fun. Summer offers plenty of opportunities to grab your bike and take a leisurely, scenic ride or use your two wheels to get where you need to go while enjoying the weather in the process. We have the State Park and plenty of bike friendly roads and trails in Benicia and some great mountain biking at Rockville regional park in Suisun. Watch for the grand opening of the Vallejo section of the Napa Valley Vine Trail in August. When complete, it will stretch from Vallejo to Calistoga.

Kayaking

Kayaking is another sport for those who love adventure. Kayaking on the straits is fun and sometimes challenging. It’s rumored that there will be kayak and paddleboard rentals in Benicia soon.

Beach Volleyball

Alvarez 9th Street Park is the place for volleyball, with beach sand volleyball courts, turf area and scenic view. Also close to the new Got Plate Lunch location at the old Cliff’s bar and restaurant. 

Windsurfing

If you love sailing and surfing, then you’ll probably also love windsurfing — the exciting combination of both sports. Benicia has the wind, waves and currents for this fun and challenging sport. Learn how with Delta Windsports or Cal Sailing

Pickleball

It’s all the rage! A combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, this sport is played indoors and out. This sport has grown rapidly in popularity over the last few years, it’s easy(ish)-to-learn, playable by all ages, and accessible. Pickleball locations are: Benicia Tennis & Pickleball Courts on E K st, Benicia Middle School and Benicia Community Center.

person's arm holding pickle ball paddle balancing pickle ball over net

Hiking

We have many gorgeous hiking trails. Here are the top 7: Carquinez Strait Trail, SF Bay Trail (Military West and Carquinez Strait Loop), Vallejo-Benicia Buffer Trail, Benicia Community Park Trail, Benicia Marsh loop Trail, Bay Area Ridge-Benicia Shoreline, Benicia State Recreation Area to Carquinez Overlook, Lake Herman, Benicia-Martinez Bridge, McAllister Drive to Lake Herman. For details go to AllTrails.

Summer Olympics

This year, there are even more summer sports to love with the Paris Olympics! The opening ceremonies kick things off on July 24 and the games will conclude on August 11. The City of Light has pulled out all the stops and looks to be ready for its close up. With over a billion people watching, Paris is making sure the event is unforgettable.

There is a new sport for 2024, Breaking, or break-dancing as it is better known… that should be fascinating. Here is the Olympic Schedule as of May 8th.

Whether you’re already signed up to join a summer rec league, or are just getting inspired by the Olympic Games, there are plenty of ways to incorporate activity and sportsmanship into your life this summer. Whatever your preference, be sure to get outside and take advantage of all Benicia has to offer this summer.