Concord Mills aquarium opens to the public

Sharks, stingrays and tropical fish arrived at the red carpet of the Charlotte-Concord Sea Life Aquarium on Thursday morning with police escorts and lots of smiling children. NBC Charlotte was there and takes you inside for a sneak peek behind the scenes of the new family-friendly attraction. The aquarium will be open to the public February 20.

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by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on February 20, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 12:28 PM

CONCORD, N.C. -- Want to see an 8-foot octopus, up close and personal? A giant new aquarium officially opened in Concord on Thursday.

Tyler Bumgarner couldn't wait to get to the Sea Life Aquarium in the Concord Mills Mall.

His mom Charlene said, “He was really excited. He was trying to go to bed last night but he wouldn’t go to bed until 12 because he was so excited.”

Iris Mays also wanted to be among the first inside. Her 2-year-old loves sharks.
 
“That’s all he’s been talking about,” she said.

There are 5,000 different marine animals in the 36,000 square foot space, including sharks, stingrays and jellyfish.

“It was awesome!” Tyler said.

Adult tickets are $21; kid tickets are $17.

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