Although the 12-ounce Delmonico steak is the house specialty at The Blue Grotto, the baked stuffed flounder is the owner's favorite dish on the menu. Guests have their choice of sitting in the azure dining room, where the decor is inspired by the Blue Grotto sea cave on the island of Capri, or the dog-friendly outdoor deck that overlooks the marina. The venue turns into a nightclub in the late-night hours, with DJs, dancing, and free drinks for manatees.
For more than half a century, salty breezes off the Atlantic have rustled the fronds of the palm trees that arch along the fairways at New Smyrna Golf Club. The 18-hole, par-72 layout—originally dreamt up by course architect Donald Ross—more recently underwent renovations by Bobby Weed, updating them for 21st-century expectations such as an absence of pack horses. Before driving and putting their way across the 6,567-yard course, golfers can warm up at one of the driving range’s 30 hitting stations or acquire gear from Titleist at the pro shop to fill their club quivers.
The waters off Florida's Atlantic coast teem with fish whose bright, sometimes breath-taking, colors belie their fierceness. Take a blue marlin unfurling its cobalt sail as it strips line off a fisherman's reel, or a mahi-mahi flashing its chartreuse sides before bolting away at up to 50 miles per hour. At Sea Spirit Fishing, Captain Mike Mulholland and his crew supply anglers with all necessary tackle for hooking these trophies, welcoming passengers aboard the US Coast Guard–licensed Sea Spirit. Rated for up to 65 passengers, this 65-foot, custom-built party boat quickly motors out to the deep sea thanks to its twin 650-seahorsepower engines. After showing passengers how to land piscine prizes, Sea Spirit's crew also cleans the catches so anglers can make their own seafood stews at home without adding Goldfish crackers, for once.
Pirate's Island and Pirate's Cove plunge putters deep into a thicket of thieving pirates, buried treasure, and stowaways tangled in rigging. Players select an appropriately sized putting club and a golf ball of any color, asserting individuality while creating polychromatic turf art. Putt through two 18-hole courses (one at the Daytona Beach Shores location), skirting shimmering waterfalls that conceal skeletons and spelunking convocations behind translucent veils. The golf course abuts a glorious gift shop, and snacks are available for additional gold.
Stricken by a futuristic virus, hordes of shambling undead tear after runners racing through obstacles in a gambit to save themselves from a fate worse than death. Without notice, a runner is caught by one of the monsters, and before he can fight back, it's too late—his flag has been pulled from his waist. Zombie Insanity challenges racers to search villages for clues that can lead to a cure and survive an undead apocalypse by outrunning costumed actors. Teams or individuals dart through the course to collect flags and make their way toward The Sanctuary, the race's sole safe haven. "Bitten" racers must join the ranks of the zombie menace but can be saved if their teammates have gathered the right flags and clues. Once they reach The Sanctuary, racers celebrate at Zombie Fest, where they enjoy snacks and drinks and regale friends with stories of close calls and theories about the zombies' race-training regimens.
The Peabody annually features touring Broadway shows, music and dance, concert artists, civic programs, and juried competitions. Situated in a historic beachside neighborhood, the Peabody Auditorium is a favorite venue for a host of returning performance artists and production companies.