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Everyone needs to "sea" this!

Sea Life Photos
- Photo courtesy of Michelle Lloyd

Written by Carey Kuznar

This week a new, interactive, innovative attraction for the whole family opens, that is conveniently located inside the Concord Mills Mall – Sea Life Aquarium. More than twenty displays will feature 5,000 amazing creatures, including sharks, stingrays, an octopus, seahorses, jellyfish and thousands of colorful fish. (Visit the top creature list here.

From touchpools, where children young and old can touch a sea star, to the tropical ocean display where you can come face to face with sharks who swim over your head in a visually impressive 180 degree ocean tunnel -around every corner there is something amazing to “sea!”

Kid Tested…and Approved!

When I took my twin 6-year olds earlier this week, they were mesmerized by the bright aquamarine colors, the gorgeous tropical and local fish and especially the play area with a large climbing jungle gym along with art tables and a theatre. This is also a place where parents can relax a little while children are entertained in an enclosed space.

Conservation Education

This mom particularly loved the fact that Sea Life has an environmental focus, with tons of trivia and tips for helping make sure endangered marine life doesn’t go away. They even have a nonprofit organization that you can support, Sea Life Marine Conservation Trust.

Make the short trip to Concord Mills and check out this nationally recognized entertainment attraction out today!

Here’s what you need to plan your visit:

Visitors to Sea Life Charlotte-Concord can expect:

  • A 180° ocean tunnel that allows visitors to see sharks, rays and other fish swim right over their heads
  • An interactive touchpool (touch a crab without fear of pinching!)
  • Seahorses in the mangrove (learn which parent carries the babies)
  • The highly intelligent Giant Pacific octopus, the largest octopus species in the world
  • Educational talks and creature feedings throughout the day
  • A kids' quiz trail to keep kids engaged and learning throughout the attraction
  • A presentation video theatre to learn more about marine conservation
  • A children's soft play area to enjoy at the end of the experience

At Sea Life Charlotte-Concord, visitors will travel from the fresh waters of the Catawba River in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond in about an hour.

Ticket information

Regular admission tickets cost $21 for adults and $17 for kids ages 12 and under. Kids ages 2 and under are free. Through Feb. 19, tickets are only $16 for all ages if purchased in advance, online:


. Annual Passes, offering unlimited entry to the aquarium for 12 months, are also on sale for special rates through Feb. 19. An Individual Annual Pass is $50. The Family Annual Pass (for four) is $192; additional family members are $45 each. Annual Pass holders are invited to attend a sneak peek of the aquarium Feb. 15-16.

Visiting Sea Life Charlotte-Concord

Hours are daily 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is located at 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC 28027 at Concord Mills. Look for parking on the backside of the mall at Entrance 7. For more information, visit:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SEALIFECharlotteConcord
Twitter: @Sealifecc

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