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SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, Concord
(2.8/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web)
26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with 10,000 square feet planned for future expansion.

Special Features:

Thousands of creatures

Huge saltwater ocean tank

Acrylic underwater viewing tunnel

Interactive touchpool experience

Educational talks and feedings throughout the day

Kids' quiz and activity trail

Children's soft play area

Retail store
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • My daughter loves coming to the aquarium. She has probably been a dozen times, but it never gets old. 
  • Its a nice place to visit but rather expensive to take a whole family for a day. Its very clean and the employees are very friendly. 
  • The whole aquarium is built inside a mall and highly overpriced. I took my five year old thinking it will be a pleasant half-day engagement activity, but we could finish touring the entire aquarium in...  more »
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  • It's a nice place with a decent amount of fish. It's just to expensive. We spent less than an hour in there with two kids and it cost us around $60. We used the Internet ticket to save some money. The staff was nice and facilities were well maintained. Don't go to Charlotte just for this though.
  • My 5 year old son really loved it. It is not too big but there are lots of things to see and it is set up very nicely. You can also leave and come back later on the same day. We spent almost 3 hours in there. It would be better if it were a little cheaper. On the other hand it might be really crowded if it were cheaper. We were there on Saturday and it wasn't too crowded at all. We managed to take our time, sit when needed, and really spend a lot of time looking at each exhibit.
  • We love it here! Excellent, well kept exhibits. My kids love it here and ask to come every year for their birthdays. Friendly staff, great tour and a fun gift shop. And it is not so big that it exhausts you.
  • Sea Life is cool, but VERY, VERY small. The online map makes it look WAYYY bigger than it really is. We breezed through the whole exhibit in about an hour. There are 8 main sections for viewing, including special stingray and octopus tanks. There is one pool so kids can touch the animals, and there is also a small walkthrough tank like at Ripley's and the like, albeit a moving sidewalk. Kids can get a small little Dive Log and stamp each of the eight pages at the eight different exhibits. At the end, they'll get a small little reward (it's an octopus necklace.) It's not only very small, but quite expensive too. Tickets for 5 people cost $80! (We bought the tickets the same morning, though, so perhaps they are cheaper if you buy them in advance.) The gift shop is cool too, but also overpriced. Also, don't expect many sharks. There were only seven in the whole aquarium, two of which were sand sharks. The rest were others small little sharks.
  • Don't waste your money unless you like emptying your wallet for a sub-par experience. Yes, it's an aquarium in a mall, so expectations shouldn't be that high in the first place, but their displays are not well maintained, their livestock is abysmal, and their staff is very uninformed. Spend a few hours in the car and go to Georgia Aquarium or the aquarium in Charleston. It's your only real aquarium choice in the Charlotte region, but even the displays in aquarium portion of Discovery Place in Uptown Charlotte are more intriguing than SEA Life without a doubt, even if it is much smaller.