SEA LIFE Aquarium - Charlotte/Concord, NC
New Attraction (www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord)
Review by: Kerry Hart
Living in North Carolina the past 7 years has been awesome! We have experienced every season and I would not trade them for anything. With that being said, last week we experienced our first “winter storm” with about a foot of snow, so when Lance asked me to head to Concord, NC for the media preview of SEA LIFE yesterday I was more than willing. What better way to get your mind moving in the direction of warmer weather than getting up close with all kinds of sea creatures. I admit that when I first heard that Concord Mills was getting an aquarium I was a little skeptical, especially since it was moving into the space previously occupied by NASCAR Speedpark. When I arrived at the mall it felt like an ordinary day, however when I stepped inside the aquarium I felt like I was transported someplace else and forgot I was even at a mall.
After watching a short video you will begin your interactive journey which will take approximately 90 minutes (if visiting with smaller children I’m sure your visit will last longer because they will be mesmerized. You will travel from the rivers in the Blue Ridge Mountains like the Catawba River to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. You will have the opportunity to get your hands wet in the touchpool, stand in the center of a school of fish and even go “under the sea” for an incredible view of life in the water. Bring your cameras or smart phones for sure! They also have a soft play area for kids.
SEA LIFE is definitely going to be an asset to the Charlotte region. Bigger is not always better and this unique, intimate attraction is going to be an awesome and fun learning experience for both young and old. Conservation is the heart of SEA LIFE and you will see how they incorporate their Breed, Rescue and Protect program right here.
They will be open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can visit Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-7pm, however the last admission is 2 hours before closing each day. The cost of admission will be $21 for adults, $17 for children 3-13, a special military rate is available for $18 and children 2 and under are free. For those of you who are local and frequently visit Concord Mills, you may want to purchase the annual pass that is being offered: individual passes will cost $55 or you can purchase a family 4 pack for $212 with additional passes for $50.
SEA LIFE will also be able to accommodate groups, corporate events, school field trips, as well as birthday parties beginning sometime in May. Birthday parties will cost $30.00 per child with a minimum of 10 kids and will include everything you need for a pretty awesome party including your choice of ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery.
The Grand Opening is Thursday, February 20th at 10am. I encourage you to go experience SEA LIFE for yourself. You won’t be disappointed! I can’t wait to go back with my kids!