Under the Sea: A Sneak Peek at Sea Life Aquarium

Concord Mills Mall near Charlotte adds a family-friendly attraction to its lineup

Charlotte's just-north neighbor, Concord, is home to racing's best and the ever-popular shopping destination, Concord Mills Mall. But it's also home to another popular family attraction: Sea Life Aquarium.

Lasting approximately an hour, the aquarium's underwater experience takes visitors through 10 underwater habitats, beginning with the “Catawba River” section, where you’ll learn about local habitats, moving into a “Harbor” room, replicating the marine life found under boats at harbor. Next comes a seahorse nursery and sting ray bay, complete with areas offering hands-on interaction with sea stars and more. The finale: a 180-degree walk-through tunnel, where fish, sharks and others creatures pass overhead.

With plenty of nooks and crannies for kids to camp out to watch and dream, Sea Life is a great addition to the family-friendly itinerary.

8111 Concord Mills Pkwy., Concord. 866.299.1573, www.visitsealife.com/

Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 am to 9 pm; Sun, 11 am to 7 pm