Prepare for a wave of excitement when you announce that students will be learning alongside sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, starfish, seahorses and thousands of colorful fish during their next lesson!
SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium is a one-story, 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium at Concord Mills, the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the Carolinas. This one-of-a-kind experience puts students up close and face-to-face with over 5,000 amazing underwater creatures.
Featuring more than 20 spectacular displays of diverse marine life, this North Carolina location also includes a geography lesson by incorporating creatures associated with the region. At SEA LIFE, visitors travel from the fresh waters of the Catawba River in the Blue Ridge Mountains to the salt waters of the Atlantic Ocean and beyond.
The stunning centerpiece in the aquarium is a huge tropical ocean tank with an acrylic walk-through underwater tunnel. The aquarium also offers an interactive touch pool, viewing windows, enlightening talks, feeding demonstrations and other ways for visitors to be immersed in marine life.
SEA LIFE focuses on quality of experience rather than scale, taking visitors on a seamless journey under the sea to entertain and teach both young and old. Conservation is at the heart of SEA LIFE, and visitors will see strong evidence of their “Breed, Rescue and Protect” activities around the world, including new projects developed locally. Interactive information aims to educate and inspire children on the future of our oceans and how they can make a difference.
With an additional 10,000 square-feet planned for future expansion, the Concord Mills location Grand Opening was Merlin’s sixth SEA LIFE center to open in the United States and made history as Merlin’s 100th attraction to open worldwide. SEA LIFE is the world’s largest aquarium brand with more than 15 million yearly visitors.
Conveniently located at Exit 49 off of Interstate 85 and inside Concord Mills along with over 200 retailers, SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium is situated at the hub of visitor activity in Cabarrus County. Precious time during educational field trips is maximized to the fullest with 13 lodging options located less than a mile from the attraction, including indoor water park resort Great Wolf Lodge. At Great Wolf, students and educators get a break from lessons as they race down slides, play a game of MagiQuest or take a trip to the arcade!
An underwater exploration is just the beginning of the academic journey. As “Where Racing Lives,” Cabarrus County offers exclusive opportunities to experience the science and technology of motorsports with field trips to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Then, learn the techniques of panning for gold while underground mine tunnels at Reed Gold Mine become your new classroom. Though the destination was built on speed, students will learn at their own pace in Cabarrus County!
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For planning assistance including more information on activities, learning opportunities, meals and other details, contact Carrie Hendrickson at the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau - [email protected], 704-456-7969 or VisitCabarrus.com. For more information on pricing, perks and previews for educators, go to VisitSeaLife.com/Charlotte-Concord and navigate to the Schools and Groups page.