National Aviary

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  • Address: 700 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-4123237235
  • Ticket Price: 14 USD
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, National Park, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Bird Watching

National Aviary - Review

The National Aviary is located in Pittsburgh, and is the only independent indoor non-profit aviary in the country. It is also the largest aviary in the United States, and is the only one to be deemed ‘national’ by the US Congress. It is home to over 600 animals, spread out over 200 species, and its interactive nature makes it a favourite for tourists and locals alike.

The National Aviary has one of the most diverse collections of birds in the entire continent. These include many species that are rarely found in other zoos, like the Green-backed Trogon, Scarlet-headed Blackbird, and Blue-winged Mountain Tanager. As mentioned, the National Aviary isn’t a sombre, boring institution by any means, but one that concentrates on providing an immersive interactive experience. For example, the Penguin Point attraction features 11 African Penguins and a once in a lifetime underwater viewing opportunity. For an additional fee, you can even have a private encounter with one of the penguins!

  • The theatre in the National Aviary is currently home to "Wings!," an indoor-avian adventure featuring flighted birds and special effects.
  • The aviary also does outdoor shows (weather permitting) from its new Sky Deck, featuring live flight demonstrations of eagles, falcons and kites out over West Park.
  • Among the most popular residents are Benito the Hyacinth Macaw and his roommate, Killer the Green-winged Macaw. Both are highly trained birds, occasionally performing at exhibitions as well.

It goes without saying that for a bird lover, it doesn’t get much better than the Pittsburgh National Aviary. However, to the casual tourist, do give this a shot when you’re in the city. You’ll be surprised at how much fun bird watching can actually get.

National Aviary Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $14
  • Senior Citizens: $13
  • Children: $12

National Aviary Opening and Closing Hours

  • Open on most holidays, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

How To reach National Aviary by Public Transport

  • Bus Nos. 1, 15 & 8 will take you to the National Aviary.
  • You can also take the BLSV to downtown, getting off at North Side Station.

Restaurants Near National Aviary

  • PNC Eco Bistro
  • Clarke Bar & Grill
  • Rivertowne Brewery
  • Grandma’s Kitchen
  • Crazy Mocha

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  • National Aviary Address: 700 Arch St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, United States
  • National Aviary Contact Number: +1-4123237235
  • National Aviary Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • National Aviary Price: 14 USD
  • Best time to visit National Aviary(preferred time): 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit National Aviary: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 91.64% of people who visit Pittsburgh include National Aviary in their plan

  • 53.13% of people start their National Aviary visit around 1 PM - 2 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see National Aviary

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

87.45% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Aviary

People normally club together Heinz Field and The Strip while planning their visit to National Aviary.

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National Aviary, Pittsburgh Reviews

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  • Finally made it! Though much smaller than anticipated we actually saw birds we had never before seen and truly enjoyed. We also purchased the Amazon show and loved how close we could get to the birds! Staff was all friendly and it was easy to navigate. We will return for certain!

  • We had such a fun visit. I recommend doing one of the add-on feeding activities, and being on the lookout for special education opportunities such as a handler bringing out a bird and just sharing more about it in the hallway. The penguins were probably the most popular exhibit. Don't miss the butterfly pavilion outside. The facility was clean and climate controlled and wheelchair accessible. The staff and volunteers were all helpful and friendly.

  • The best part of this aviary is that area where peacocks and other birds are freely walking around us. We really had fun in that section. Loved their daily show. Lots of birds and got to know so many things. The staffs are very knowledgeable. My husband is a big fan of birds. We even decided there what birds we are going to have as pet in future. We did not get any that we chose, those are for future. But now we have a hand raised cockatiel and a budgie. BTW, it was hard to find parking on the weekend. Make sure to go early to get parking space and enjoy the aviary to the fullest. We would love to go there again.

  • I really enjoyed seeing the variety of birds at the National Aviary. The employees were very friendly and knowledgeable. Some birds walk around very close to you, which was fun. I definitely saw some birds that I never knew existed. The penguins were very cute. My favorite exhibit was the wetlands with flamingos!

  • I loved visiting the Aviary in Pittsburgh. The admission price was reasonable and they had lots of great birds to view and appreciate. I was also able to watch a baby sloth feeding! I'm not sure why sloths were kept at the Aviary, but it didn't bother me. There was also a modest food court, but I didn't partake in it.

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