By Smarty Guest blogger and Smarty hubbie extraordinaire, Derek Voorhees, Jen Voorhees’ hubs. Thanks, Derek! Love having you as a Smarty!!
The holiday season is rapidly approaching and that usually means lots of out-of-town guests invading your home spending time playing charades and eating lots of delicious food. If you’re looking for a great getaway for a morning or afternoon, pack up the car and head up to Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium in Concord Mills. This gem in our own backyard is a great way to spend time together and be wowed by an amazing underwater adventure.
The super colorful entry is impossible to miss in the mall and once you’re in the adventure begins. The variety of sea life that you get to experience is unreal. There are more than 5,000 creatures for the little ones to explore. As a big kid myself, I really appreciated it, too! I think my favorite part was the sharks and seeing my daughter yelling at the sharks to come back to say hello – yikes! We always enjoyed saying hello to Nemo and Dory, of course.
I recently went to Sea Life with my two-year-old daughter and had a really great time. More than the sea life that we were able to see, we crossed off “touch a starfish” from our bucket list. The interactive component to Sea Life is great. Beyond petting a starfish, there is a fun coloring area for kids to flex their inner artist and if they need to get some energy out – there’s a fun playground for them to run and climb around and through. I also really appreciated all the learning opportunities throughout the aquarium as I was able to give my daughter a little 4-1-1 on some of the cool creatures she was checking out.
As we left Sea Life, we couldn’t escape without exploring the extensive gift shop, which is a great way to bring a part of Sea Life home with you.
This year I look forward to the holidays and spending time with family. I look forward to taking the entire family to visit Sea Life, as I know everyone from my daughter to Grandma will enjoy it.
Smarty Giveaway: a Four-pack of tickets to Sea Life Charlotte-Concord
We’re giving away a 4-pack of tickets to Sea Life (worth up to $84!) to help get you through the holiday hustle and bustle! Use them now through December 31 – so that takes cares of guests over Thanksgiving OR Christmas. Entering is easy:
1. Like CSP and Sea Life Charlotte-Concord on Facebook.
2. Follow CSP (@charlottesmarty) and Sea Life Charlotte-Concord (@SEALIFECC) on Twitter.
3. In the comment section below, tell us who’s coming to your house for the Holidays!
That’s it! Winner will be announced November 17!
About Sea Life Charlotte-Concord
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is a 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with another 10,000 square feet planned for future expansion. This one-of-a-kind attraction allows visitors to experience the magical world beneath our seas with marine habitats, displays, and close encounters with over 5,000 sea creatures. Sea Life provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors see strong evidence of Sea Life’s Breed, Rescue and Protect activities around the world, including new projects developed locally.
Sea Life is the world’s largest aquarium chain with over 45 attractions around the world. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is the sixth Sea Life aquarium launched in the U.S. and parent company Merlin Entertainments’ 100th attraction worldwide. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is located at Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. in Concord, NC. For more information, visit www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord.
For more information and ticket information, visit www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord.
I am hosting a friendsgiving and immediate family.
My family from Pennsylvania!
My parents will be visiting us from Maine! Sooooo excited to see them. 😉
A fun full house … grandparents, an aunt & uncle & 2 cousins!
2 sets of grandparents! Help!
Elf on the shelf coming soon so Santa can bring lots of goodies!!
No one! Get too keep a clean house and go to everyone else’s house.
no one…we are traveling
We would love to explore life under the sea!
My Dad will be coming into town one week from Pennsylvania and also my Mother In Law from Franklin NC (NC mountains.!!)
I like both and follow both… we are having both sets of parents over for thanksgiving lunch! should be fun!
We are going to FL….10 hours in car with: 7 yr old, 4.5 yr old, potty training almost 3 yr old and a 1 yr old lab!!