The water, the wetsuit, the huge waves…surfing Mavericks is yours to experience! Sort of. San Mateo County History Museum has an innovative new simulator that lets you ‘surf’ a 40-foot giant—without getting wet. At the Mavericks exhibit, museum-goers can hop on a surfboard and swivel their hips to the left and right to successfully ride a Mavericks wave. It’s like the Wii for surfing, where balance and the proper lean are key to a stellar ride. Built with the help of longtime Mavericks aficionado Grant Washburn, the exhibit doubles as a history lesson on big wave surfing’s evolution from its early days in Hawaii. And if your first ride just isn’t enough, a second surfboard peers down 40 feet from a window to simulate cresting on a Mavericks wave. Epic!
San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City; 650-299-0104. Open every day except Monday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for kids.