The restaurants are good, and you won't blow your whole vacation budget on them
Florida has some great restaurants, but dinner at most of them will run you more than a week at the Dania Beach Motel 6. Seaside’s specialty restaurants can hold their own with any of them, and cost a lot less. Roy Yamaguchi -- of the Hawaii-based Roy’s restaurants -- heads up the Asian selections here with sushi, teppanyaki, and fusion concepts. There’s also a steakhouse busting out 21-day dry-aged steaks and an impressive wine list. Ocean Cay, a seafood spot decked out in beach house weathered wood, feels a little like eating in the Keys. All have prix fixe menus available for around $39.
A boardwalk surrounds the whole thing
Our state’s preeminent boardwalk is in Hollywood. While nice, it’s also full of people who look like they arrived for Spring Break 1986 and forgot to go home. Seaside’s boardwalk surrounds the entire ship and meanders through bars, restaurants, and lounge chairs, creating a respectable simulation of a beachfront even sans sand. The most intriguing/stomach-dropping feature is the skywalk, a transparent glass floor along the side of the ship where you can look straight down into the ocean as you take your morning stroll.
Zombies here won't actually eat your face
In a nod to Orlando-style 4-D theme park rides like Universal’s Men in Black, Seaside’s XD theater straps you into a chair, hands you a “gun” that looks a little like a CVS checkout scanner, and sends you on a jolting ride to save the world from zombies.
You can choose one of four scenarios -- the one I did was a zombie invasion -- and then ride through car crashes, falls down stairs, and into the middle of an apocalyptic zombie attack in moving, vibrating seats. Shit gets real in a hurry. If you’re slow on the trigger the zombies simulate eating your face and spitting flesh out to the side. (Cue the Google searches for “bath salts.”)