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SEA LIFE Charlotte Concord Aquarium Concord

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SEA LIFE Charlotte Concord Aquarium
8111 Concord Mills Blvd
Concord
NC
28027
Tel: 866-229-1573

Where are we going today?

There is SO much to see when it comes to exploring the ocean, after all - it's so vast! But, if you don't want to get wet, then how ever will you see those amazing creatures that call it home?

Well, just head to SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium and you will be transported into the amazing underwater world!

Kids can get nose to nose with those sly sharks, or even see those adorable starfish. They can see cheeky seahorses, or even watch those graceful rays. Did you ever imagine such an incredible world lived under those waters?

All of the exhibits at SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium give kids and families the best learning experiences possible, as well as giving them unique experiences with the wildlife.

With 10 interactive exhibits to explore, there will be something for everyone! 

You can see over 250 different species, some of which will be your favorite - and some you might only just be learning about now!

Kids will also love the interactive touching pool where they can actually put their hands in the water and feel what some of the smaller creatures feel like!

SEA LIFE also have educational talks and feed times throughout the day, so you can learn even more of these amazing creatures, and ask questions to the friendly staff!

So what are you waiting for! The amazing underwater world is waiting for you to explore it all - and you can stay dry the whole time! We LOVE that!

Say hi to the sharks for us!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$19.95
  • Children$14.95
  • Free Under: 3 years of age
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 6pm Mon - Thurs / 10am - 8pm Fri & Sat / 12pm - 6pm Sun.

All Year Long

Teachers corner

SEA LIFE Charlotte- Concord offers an interactive, hands-on visit for schools and groups. A day out at SEA LIFE will leave kids with fantastic memories and feeling empowered to make a difference to the underwater world!.

I'm Hungry!

There is a food court in Concord Mills Mall where you can pick up some food before or after your visit. No outside food or drink permitted. You can leave and re-enter with your admission.

Any Top Tips?

Keep an eye out for special events such as Shark week and others so you can put these in your diary! Also, when you arrive, check what is happening that day so you can plan around it.

Doing our bit

Through the independent charity, The SEA LIFE Marine Conservation Trust, guests make a huge contribution to marine conservation. Their support allows us to work with specialist organizations, individual experts, governments, business, and local communities on campaigns and activities that protect marine creatures and their environment across the globe..

Need a little extra help?

The attraction is wheelchair friendly! Even the behind the scenes tour uses an elevator for the 2nd story access.

Can I get one of those?

There of course is a gift shop! You don't need a ticket to the aquarium to enter, and it's filled with great gifts and merchandise to take home!.

More information

The attractions stay open for 60 minutes after last admission.

What people are saying?

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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...Read More

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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...Read More

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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.

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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.

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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

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by 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.

by 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!

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