NC SEA LIFE Aquarium Kicks Off Construction in Concord

Have you heard the news? A state of the art aquarium is coming to NC. It will only be about two hours from Boone!

Concord Mayor J. Scott Padgett was joined by Donna Carpenter, President/CEO of Cabarrus County CVB, and other dignitaries to commemorate the construction of SEA LIFE Charlotte-Concord.

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SEA LIFE is the world’s biggest aquarium brand with more than 15 million visitors a year and 50 superb attractions in Europe, USA and Asia Pacific. This will be Merlin’s sixth SEA LIFE Center attraction to open in the USA, and SEA LIFE at Concord Mills will highlight all of the qualities which have gained the brand the support and endorsement of marine experts worldwide. Initial plans call for more than 30 spectacular displays of diverse marine life for visitors to enjoy – everything from shrimp and starfish to seahorses, sharks and rays. In keeping with other SEA LIFE attractions, there will also be a unique element reflecting the Carolinas’ location based around the marine creatures most associated with the region. Finally, the stunning centerpiece will be a huge tropical ocean tank with a walk-through underwater tunnel.

“The SEA LIFE aquarium will be a welcome addition to Concord Mills’ successful mix of retail, dining and entertainment concepts,” said Gregg Goodman, President of The Mills. “We look forward to this next exciting venture with Merlin Entertainments and are confident that the millions of visitors who are already drawn to Concord Mills will be attracted to the unique SEA LIFE concept.”

I have been invited to be part of their parent advisory council, so I will be able to pass onto you insider information. This will be a fun day-trip for all of us here in the High Country. Stay tuned for more pictures!