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National Aviary, Pittsburgh

(4.5/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
At National Aviary, the United States' largest aviary, see over 600 birds, many of which represent endangered or threatened species. Animals from all continents except Antarctica are featured in themed areas. Walk through exhibits where birds fly freely, and get a chance to interact with some of them. You can observe African penguins from underwater viewing rooms, or reserve a private encounter with a penguin. You have the opportunity to join feedings throughout the day, trek among flamingos, and watch bird shows that showcase different species' skills and abilities at the immersion theater. Don't neglect the special non-feathered resident of the aviary--a two-toed sloth. Use our Pittsburgh tour planner to add National Aviary and other attractions to your Pittsburgh vacation plans.
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  • Honestly, I know they had a huge building expansion and renovation, but the place is still small. You can walk through in 40 minutes or less (walking very slowly and reading every sign). Their mission...  more »
  • the pinguins are always funny, the grasslands birds are cute but it is really sad to see the larger birds confined in such a tiny spaces. 3 of my children were delighted to feed the lorikeet which is ...  more »
  • My husband and I went to Aviary 69yrs old and 72 yrs. old we enjoyed it very much went on a Thursday afternoon no to crowded, but I would like to go to 21 and over event  more »
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  • Great place for strollers because everything except the penguin exhibit is indoors and all is level. The penguin exhibit is amazing! You get so close. We sat in the cafe area for snack. It was clean and bright. The value is okay. It's not that big, so you can walk through in less then 2 hours. So after the $12 ticket and $5 for parking, I was left wanting a little more. Although, I would still go back.
  • A really unique place! The birds in every room are free to fly around, so you can see them up close. It's so incredible to see a bird walking around, fearless, and just weaving between parents, kids, and strollers. My wife also did the penguin encounter- definitely recommend it!
  • Amazing experience from owls to vultures to penguins there is a lot to see here. The exhibits are a lot more interactive that I expected such as open areas and bird feeding. Great place for kids and adults of all ages.
  • Love this aviary, the largest one in the country. Contains many bird species plus bats and sloths. They also have a nice gift shop and a cafe. Note that no straws are given for your drinks as they are hazardous for the animals should they get ahold of them. My only wish is that some of the large birds such as the eagles and condors had more room.
  • The National Aviary is a nice place to take your kids or anyone for that matter if they are a bird lover or just want something to do. It's like the zoo sort off but much smaller because they only house different species of birds. There is an eatery inside with snacks, pizza, drinks etc. There is also a gift shop inside.