Exit 49: NC’s Official Field Trip Exit

Jerry Blackwelder

Great Wolf Lodge
Across I-85 you’ll find Great Wolf Lodge, an overnight destination designed to keep your students entertained for their entire stay. The spacious indoor water park offers enough water attractions to satisfy all student age groups. From spray areas for the younger set to white-knuckle tube rides for older students, there is plenty of fun for everyone. Outside the water park, The Lodge even provides a unique interactive game for your students. MagiQuest arms your students with magic wands as they explore the enchanted kingdom.

Sea Life Aquarium
The exit’s newest attraction is the Sea Life Aquarium inside Concord Mills. Sea Life offers a unique educational experience totally directed toward the younger set. With more than 5,000 sea creatures on display, Sea Life will engage your students’ senses. They will be amazed at the spectacular view inside the underwater tunnel and interact with crabs and starfish in the rock pool. A new exhibit, Serpents of the Sea, gives students a look at the snakelike eels usually found only in the deepest part of the earth’s oceans.

Hendrick Motorsports Museum & Team Store
Within a mile is the award-winning Hendrick Motorsports facility, home to some of NASCAR’s most successful teams. Students can observe the activity in the Hendrick race shops and explore the many years of Hendrick Motorsports history in the Museum.

Concord Mills
Concord Mills is the largest outlet and retail destination in the State with more than 200 stores of all kinds, Concord Mills, is located at exit 49 as well. This shopping adventure also takes in a festive food court and many popular retailers. Your students will notice the mall’s distinctive oval racetrack layout in keeping with the area’s racing history.


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