Fort Bragg can boast about lots of great attractions, from redwood forests to historic lighthouses. But one activity you won’t see in any guidebooks is big wave watching in Winter. Storm-driven waves send 20-30 foot swells crashing over cliffs or exploding on rocks just beneath the surface. It’s really magic. You can watch for hours. One of the best places to watch — during or after a storm — is the Laguna Point viewing deck at MacKerricher State Park, just a few miles north of downtown Fort Bragg. One day, when a cousin and wife were visiting from Georgia, we stood watching big waves and surfers trying to ride them. How to get there: drive past the MacKerricher State Park entrance sign on Highway 1, make the next left, and drive to the parking lot along the ocean. The viewing platform is just a short distance down a wood deck that products the underlying plants and grasses.