CONCORD, N.C. -- Charlotte may not be a coastal city, but it’s home to the Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium. Visitors can experience marine life and some of the ocean’s most unique creatures.



Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium is home to a 117,000 lb. ocean tank, with over 250 species. Stingrays, jellyfish, turtles, even Nemo is there! The Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium is home for these creatures and many more. The coolest part, you can experience it yourself.

“If you look around, we have the graphics,” says Dave Hougton, the display curator for the aquarium. “Everything is kind of geared toward kids. We want the experience for kids to exceed expectations.”

Houghton helps to keep the marine life happy and healthy, including Neptune the Sea Turtle who was rescued in Florida.

“He cannot be released,” Hougton says. “The boat strike unfortunately damaged his shell.”

Neptune lives comfortably with a weight on his shell, to fix his buoyancy issues. It’s all part of Sea Life’s mission to rescue, protect, and educate the public. Thanks to Neptune’s second chance at life, he celebrates his fifth birthday this year.

Houghton says, “We’re the first step in making people aware of the impact humans have and what we can do to protect the environment.”

The aquarium is open daily. Behind-the-scenes tours are available as well.