Heading South, Take a Polar Plunger or Just Enjoy Warmer Temperatures in Myrtle Beach at Ocean Lakes Family Campground

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Good Sam Calls Ocean Lakes A “Top Extended Stay RV Park,” Recommends Park For Its Convenient Oceanfront Location And Great Amenities


Myrtle Beach, SC, United States., December 11, 2013 - (PressReleasePoint) - As winter roars up the East Coast, a lucky few are already preparing to escape the cold and stress of northern winters in their RVs. As they head for Florida, many of them will be making Myrtle Beach their halfway stop along the drive.  Word is spreading among RV owners that the Grand Strand is a great place to break the tedium of the north to south trek with a few days of layover, and their top pick on the coast  for that break is Ocean Lakes Family Campground. 


Heading south right before New Years, many have discovered the fun and excitement of  Ocean Lakes annual Polar Bear Plunge on Dec. 31. This spectacle for charity is not as rough on participants as Polar Plunges farther up north. Myrtle Beach air temperatures are usually in the high 50s on New year's Eve, while the warmth of the sun makes days feel even milder. In addition, the Gulf Stream moderates the ocean temperatures as it slides right by Ocean Lakes' one mile of sandy beach. Still it can be a challenging plunge with the water temperature hovering around 70 degrees. 

 

But it's all for a good cause as the event serves to kick off Ocean Lakes year-long effort to collect and donate food to the less fortunate. Polar Plunge participants are asked to contribute a non-perishable item when they sign up to plunge and spectators often join in the fun with donations as well. All food is then donated to a local food bank.

 

Ocean Lakes was recently named one of the "Top Extended Stay RV Parks" by the prestigious Good Sam Travel Guide and Campground Directory. Good Sam applauded Ocean Lakes' long stretch of private beach and its host of amenities. The campground has 3,447 campsites — 893 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate the largest RVs. It also offers all the comforts of home — WiFi, morning trash pick up, and a grocery store on site, plus amenities that include scheduled activities for children, laundromat, a mini golf course, and an indoor pool.

 

Ocean Lakes is a great place to stay any time of the year. The Campground is known nationwide for an exciting calendar of events offered nearly every month, including one of the East Coast's best Bluegrass Festivals, three fun-filled Halloween Weekends with on-site trick or treating, and the perfect winter break — February's Beach n’ Boogie Festival. 


Ocean Lakes is conveniently located near all the activities and restaurants along the Grand Strand. A short drive from the campground is the area's top festival entertainment complex, Broadway at the Beach, a one-stop spot for all kinds of family fun. From live shows to shopping to amusements, Broadway has something for everyone. Live entertainment this winter includes "Hot Jersey Nights,” a tribute to the music of the legendary Four Seasons singing group at the Palace Theater, and Legends in Concert, a celebrity tribute show out of Las Vegas. In addition, there are over 100 unique shops and numerous restaurants (some of which feature the family-friendly game of Team Trivia). It's also home to amusements like Ripley's Aquarium, WonderWorks, MagiQuest, and BigD Theater. New Year's Eve is a big event at Broadway at the Beach with a DJ in Celebrity Square and parties at numerous restaurants and clubs including Hard Rock Cafe, Senor Frogs and other popular hot spots. The night is made even more special with a fireworks display over Lake Broadway.

 

For more information about Ocean Lakes and Broadway at the Beach, visit www.oceanlakes.com and www.broadwayatthebeach.com.
 

About Ocean Lakes Family Campground

 

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, a division of The Jackson Companies, is the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the largest in the United States. Located in Myrtle Beach, S.C., it has received numerous awards for excellence. It is the 2011-2012 National “Park of the Year” in the Mega Park category and has received that honor from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) five times. In 2010, it received the Earth Day Award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for its iCare Program. 

In 2006, Ocean Lakes received the prestigious South Carolina Governor’s Cup for making a significant economic impact on South Carolina. Ocean Lakes covers 310 oceanfront acres with nearly one mile of beachfront. It offers 3,447 sites —  893 of which are large and pull-through to accommodate larger RVs. It was built by Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson and their five daughters, starting in 1970. It opened with 30 campsites and one bathhouse in 1971. On an average seasonal day, Ocean Lakes has 25,000 - 30,000 guests enjoying the countless amenities that have made it a local favorite and a national vacation destination. It currently holds a 10/10/10 from the Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory for its overall operation, recreational offerings, services and appearance.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground is a division of The Jackson Companies, a family-owned enterprise that includes Prestwick Golf & Country Club, Ocean Lakes Properties, Crystal Lake Mobile Home Village, Ocean Lakes RV Center, and the master-planned development SayeBrook.


About Broadway at the Beach

 

Broadway at the Beach is the largest festival entertainment complex in South Carolina. A $250 million attraction, set on 350 acres in the heart of Myrtle Beach, Broadway features three theaters, 23 restaurants and eateries and more than 100 specialty shops as well as attractions, nightclubs and hotels, all surrounding the 23-acre Lake Broadway. A past recipient of the South Carolina Governor's Cup, it was deemed the state's best travel destination by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. More than 14 million people visit Broadway at the Beach annually, making it the region’s most popular destination.


Among Broadway at the Beach’s restaurants are Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville. Broadway at the Beach is also home to three hotels, Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn and Holiday Inn Express, plus WonderWorks, Legends in Concert, Ripley’s Aquarium, Palace Theatre, Carmike’s Broadway Cinema 17 (featuring BigD Ultimate Movie Experience), the Pavilion Nostalgia Park (featuring nine rides from the former Pavilion Amusement Park), and Celebrity Square, a New Orleans-inspired nightclub district.

 



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