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National Aviary, Pittsburgh

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#3 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Pennsylvania
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. Add National Aviary to your Pittsburgh travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Pittsburgh holiday maker site .
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  • The National Aviary is a must-see when visiting Pittsburgh. Hundreds of gorgeous birds roaming through various open air exhibits based on environment, including grasslands and rainforest. Staff member...  more »
  • a wonderful facility with all of the essentials and some nice bird habitats.a lot of interactive stuff for the little ones and quite a bit for the adults.  more »
  • So, to start off, yes, this place is pretty small. Let's just say that didn't stop us from driving 8 hours just to experience what this place has to offer. Let me make is clear that this place, while ...  more »
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  • We've been members for years. Great place to spend a couple hours, then grab a bite to eat. There's always something new to see. The educational exhibits are customized for everyone from small kids, up through adults. We've done a couple of the encounters and both were very worth it. The local park is also a great place for a picnic.
  • The National Aviary is very small. Though there are several exhibits with unique and varying birds. I watched a penguin feeding that was very informative but some zoos have much larger displays. It's a cool place to visit if you want to get up and close to birds.
  • My spouse had yet to see the aviary in his entire time living here so we decided to take a trip. We got to see and interact with the penguins and feed tiny little birds in an enclosed area before enjoying large predatory birds. I personally had seen the Sky show before and it's breath taking, children will love the rooftop event. We happily got to see the baby sloth and interact with the entire location. The food is also quite yummy and you get to listen to giggling kukaburas, which I like. It's a great experience and I go at least once a year.
  • If you love birds this is the place to go. They have a lagoon room where a narrator will tell you about the birds and the birds will even come down and sit with you , you can feed them. There's one room where you can actually walk through the birds but don't touch. I gave it a rating of a 4 instead of a five because the place is the place is really short. The food here isn't very good either. All in all it's a nice outing for the whole family.
  • A nice place to bring the kids or to just relax and enjoy looking at animals you might not ever otherwise see. All kinds of birds from finches to condors. They also currently have a baby sloth. If you are into bird photography bring your rig. Most of the birds are used to people and you can get close enough for some great photos. For a few extra dollars you can have closer experiences with some of the birds. There is a small restaurant on site.
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