National AviaryCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
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.
- Adults: $14
- Senior Citizens: $13
- Children: $12
- Open on most holidays, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- 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.
- PNC Eco Bistro
- Clarke Bar & Grill
- Rivertowne Brewery
- Grandma’s Kitchen
- Crazy Mocha
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31.23% of people who visit Pittsburgh include National Aviary in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
69.7% of people start their National Aviary visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see National Aviary
89.77% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting National Aviary
We had a great visit! They do a nice job of creating an entire world inside each section. Plenty to see and do. We loved interacting with the staff and that many of the birds were free range in their habitats. An exciting afternoon. The food from Atria’s was tasty too.
I'm never disappointed when I come for a visit. The staff are always so friendly and knowledgeable, often sharing information that is very interesting! We were able to go to the condor talk in the court yard yesterday and I was astounded at how little I knew! There are many informative plaques on the walls that help give you an idea of the wildlife that the aviary is helping. I love that the atmospheres are close to authentic! The tropical rain forest is one of our favorites! It was my daughter's first trip and I'm looking forward to return visits in the future!
Fantastic place to explore birds in their habitats. Amazing staff who are so knowledgeable and willing to share information. The penguin exhibit us a definite favorite of ours. They also have amazing outreach programs in the community. I highly recommend for all ages.
Took our one year old. She seemed to enjoy seeing the penguins splash around n especially liked the exhibits where the birds were flying around in the open. The eagles are pretty amazing to see up close. Shockingly big. Older kids would enjoy the butterfly exhibit where you can put sugar water on your finger and "hold" them. Worth the price of admission for a day that is "zoo like" without all the hassles of the actual zoo.
I’ve lived in Pittsburgh all my life and this was my first visit to The Aviary. I loved it! I liked it better than the zoo. All the birds are up close. Definitely pay to see the Amazing Amazon. The birds are free flight. Excellent show! Loved it all but the eagles are beautiful and those penguins are so darn cute.