1. Matt Myers

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    I’m really excited to have an aquarium like this in the Charlotte area. I’ve read reviews comparing this to aquariums over 4 hours away and further. But, those aren’t 20 minutes away. Those aren’t somewhere we can just decide, “hey, let’s go to the aquarium!”The only thing keeping me from giving 5 stars is the size. But, they’ve done a heck of a lot with the limited space in the mall. (Come on, how often do you see an aquarium in a shopping mall?)The most impressive part of Sea Life is their strong conservation message. They do a great job educating children and adults about the different species and the impact we (the humans) have on these natural habitats. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable, always offering tidbits or quizzing children at the various displays. I’ve yet to meet an employee there that didn’t seem excited about their job or anxious to answer questions about the creatures on display. It also seems they do have featured exhibits that rotate in and out, so there should be something new each month or season. To those complaining about price, I’d suggest you buy an annual pass. It’ll pay for itself in about 2-1/2 visits.Your mileage may vary, but my family loves Sea Life. My daughter keeps asking to go back every weekend.

  2. Gregg Garner

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    My wife and I took our 5 year old little girl on an aquarium tour this week. She is obsessed with sea creatures, so we took her to the Greensboro Science Center, then down to Sea LIFE in Concord. We combined the trip with some school shopping for Kindergarten. Overall, I was very impressed with SEA LIFE.After reading the reviews, and knowing that the center was in Concord Mills, I was expecting to be disappointed. We bought our tickets online for a grand total of $49. Purchasing online is the only way to go. You’ll save $5 per ticket. I suggest getting there at opening time to beat the crowd. We walked straight in at 10:15, no waiting at all. Also be aware that your admission is for all day if you want to shop and come back.There is a brief video that you watch before starting the tour. Nothing preachy, but the topic is conservation. No surprise here, this is the theme at most aquariums (even Sea World). Then on with the show! This location starts with a station about the Catawba River, which I found to be very well thought out. It was nice to see a local touch to the exhibits. All of the other tanks were salt water, and included most of what you would see at other aquariums. There is a hands-on section that has a few different things. My little girl was able to touch a decorator crab, and a starfish. Most places would only have stingrays and horseshoe crabs. I’ve never even seen a decorator crab in person, nice touch! Erin at the hands-on display was very knowledgeable about all of the creatures in her tank and made that part very enjoyable for our daughter.Other sea life available for viewing were: Lionfish, garden eels, ribbon eels, Caribbean Lobsters, several types of Moray Eels, stingrays, bonnethead shark, damselfish, clown fish, blacktipped sharks, etc.Also of note was the included behind the scenes tour. I wasn’t sure if this was an add-on or not, so I asked Ian. He told me that it was included, then just said ‘come on, lets go’. So it ended up being a tour for just the 3 of us. The behind the scenes area is very small, but still very interesting. We were able to see a zebra shark that is in quarantine while it waits to be put on display. John went out of his way to show us some video of that shark in it’s tank and answer our questions. Word to the wise, they stop the backstage tour at 3pm, so if you do the twilight (after 4pm) tickets you won’t be able to see it. There is a door to go back to the first exhibit if you want to see it all again, otherwise it’s on to the playground/coloring area and the gift shop. The playground is very small, but I wasn’t expecting them to have anything at all, so it was a nice bonus. It is true that you can’t leave without going through the gift-shop, but we found nobody pushing anything on us. When was the last time you were able to leave an attraction without going through the gift-shop?Overall we were very pleased with SEA LIFE and plan on coming back in September when the Octonauts are coming to town!

  3. Kiana Kelly

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    Don’t do it. Don’t do it to yourself, don’t do it to your kids don’t do it to ANYONE you love. This place is a joke. A bunch of BABY fish, absolutely nothing was full grown other than the fish that are very small. It took us 15 minutes to get through the whole thing. Please take me warning and do not waste your time, money, or stress.

  4. Beth Terrell

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    I bought the annual pass for my son and he has enjoyed it over and over and over. It’s great when you’re in the mall, the kids automatically want to stop in and you can make it a short trip – feed the fish, touch some of them, etc., and then go on about regular business. I would love more places like this within driving distance; it’s what makes for a good experience for children. LOVE IT – AND THE STAFF IS GREAT.

  5. Gillian Sifford

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    This is not worth is. Its so much money and for nothing. All the fish a babies, no full grown fish and the aquarium is really just a bunch of fish tanks. I have never been ripped off this bad. I would have been happy at 12$ a person but not 20+. Stupid for what you get. Small and dumb