While visiting Myrtle Beach, there is no better place to stay than Ocean Lakes. Packed with a year-round activity calendar, this campground always has something to offer all sorts of vacationers. Craft events, dance festivals, and concerts are scheduled throughout the year. Combine that with the mild Myrtle Beach weather, and you’ll find it to be a great place to vacation any month of the year. Let’s explore the options and discover your best time of year to go to Myrtle Beach.
Soak Up That Summer Sun
In the summer, temperatures can soar to almost triple digits. July is typically the hottest month, with an average high of 88 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 71 degrees. Ocean Lakes has a mile of shoreline, so summer is the time perfect to hit the beach. The Splash Zone at the Sandy Harbor Family Fun Center is loaded with slides, splash areas and fountains.
If your little ones can’t get enough of Ocean Lakes, you can sign them up for Kamp Starfish which runs daily from June until August. Kamp Starfish even hosts Kid’s Night Out events from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM, specially planned so mom and dad can have a date night to themselves on vacation. Lastly, bluegrass fans would be thrilled to join the annual Ocean Lakes Bluegrass Weekend, a two day event packed with live music performances by award winning bands.
Favorite Summer Activity: Parasailing! Soar through the skies as a boat tows you above the ocean around Myrtle Beach. You can sail as high as 300ft, giving you a birds-eye view of the whole town and boardwalk. Downwind Sails Watersports offers very well priced sailing options, as well as other fun water activities.
Ocean Lakes in the Fall
Some may think autumn isn’t the best time for a beach vacation. We’re here to tell you otherwise. September and October are great months to visit Ocean Lakes. While the water might be starting to get a bit chilly for swimming, walks on the beach are as enticing as ever. The fall brings bigger waves on the US east coast, which makes for a beautiful sight. Bigger waves bring more debris out of the ocean as well, so spend some time combing the sands for seashells and other treasures.
Kids can try out Sandy’s Down Under Skate Board Park, play miniature golf at Sandy Harbor, or ride bikes around. If you didn’t bring your own bikes, rentals are available right at the park. The family-friendly campground spans more than 300 acres, where you can play bocce ball, shuffleboard, or enjoy the outdoors. Plus, Ocean Lakes has an added benefit of an on-site security team to help keep families safe.
In September, Ocean Lakes hosts a Gospel Weekend that focuses on inspirational music and is open to all guests for those yearning to refresh their soul. This weekend-long event is completely free to attend. Then, once October rolls around, Ocean Lakes has not one — not two — but three Halloweekends for the kids to embrace the Halloween spirit! Each weekend consists of costume contests, pumpkin carving, and trick or treating. Many flock to Ocean Lakes to turn this annual event into a family tradition.
Favorite Fall Activity: Catch dinner and a show at Pirate’s Voyage Myrtle Beach! Watch Captain Blackbeard and his crew as they battle for the sunken treasure of Davey Jones. This immersive dining experience strives to embrace the lifestyles of the pirates who once sailed the seas along the Carolina coast.
Winter by the Shore
January is usually the coldest month in Myrtle Beach, with an average low of 34 degrees Fahrenheit, and high of 55. A little cold doesn’t slow down the fun at Ocean Lakes Myrtle Beach, which has plenty of indoor facilities and outdoor entertainment. There’s the annual Polar Bear Plunge for those who aren’t afraid of cold water. This yearly event draws hundreds of people who take a dip in the ocean on New Year’s Eve.
If you prefer to be a little warmer, the indoor pool is open year-round with water aerobics classes offered at various times. Campground guests can also take painting or ceramic classes, depending on the schedule. During President’s Day Weekend, Ocean Lakes has a Beach N’ Boogie event, to dance your cares away on the beach!
Favorite Winter Activity: Whale Watching! Starting in November, North Atlantic Right Whales make their annual visit to Myrtle Beach. These whales were once hunted close to extinction, and are still critically endangered. You can view them as they pass through these waters on their way to their calving grounds near the southern tip of the US.
Spring Break on the Beach
Spring is a busy time for families who are on spring break from work or school, and there’s much to do near Ocean Lakes Resort. Hit the links at Prestwick Country Club about a mile from the campground. The golf course boasts 72 holes and Ocean Lakes guests can often receive a discounted rate through the Ocean Lakes recreation office. The recreation office is a good stop before heading out to attractions in the Myrtle Beach area, as the staff keeps coupons and info readily available.
The spring season is a great time of year to go fishing, play volleyball, ping-pong, and to let the kids have full use of the outdoor playground. Next time you want a beach getaway during spring break, you should definitely consider coming to Ocean Lakes.
Favorite Spring Activity: Ride the SkyWheel! This 187 ft Ferris wheel towers over the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, giving you amazing views of the ocean and coastline. When it was first built it was the 2nd tallest Ferris wheel in the country. Though a few more Ferris wheels have pushed it back to number 6 in the country, it is still as impressive as it ever was!
Ocean Lakes Holiday Festivities
Bring the whole family to Ocean Lakes to celebrate the holidays. Leading up to Christmas, you’ll find events like breakfast with Santa, tree trimming, gingerbread house making and Christmas bingo. Easter activities include lunch with the Easter Bunny and an Easter field day for families. Nondenominational church services are offered on Sundays with Bible studies also available.