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National Aviary, Pittsburgh

4.5
#3 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Pennsylvania
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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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  • Which we could have spent more time as there are many birds to see of all kinds. The layout is easy to maneuver and the staff is helpful. The Mega Bats were the highlight!  more »
  • Was on a group bus tour and visiting the National Aviary was one of the activities. I was surprised by how close one could get to many of the birds. Many unusual and beautiful birds. Very educational ...  more »
  • Well organized with a nice collection of birds. Several interactive exhibits were nice. Decent lunch area and friendly staff. Great for a nice Sunday trip with a family. Well worth the price.  more »
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  • What's not to love? Staff and volunteer are so accommodating and knowledgeable. The birds are gorgeous and well taken care of. Penguin encounter was the coolest thing in the world. Many free additional activities and some for additional fee. Well worth it. Check out Soar on the rooftop; really cool show with birds of prey. The Wetlands feeding is fun and interactive as well. A day at the aviary is sure to be a hit with all ages.
  • Wonderful experience! So many different Bird species in a not too large, area. You can get really close to a lot of the birds with the open walk through exhibits. The outdoor area for the penguins was wonderful. They swim right over and interact with you. There are very knowledgeable employees everywhere to teach you about the birds. There's a small cafe with a decent snack selection, which is great to sit down and wait until feeding times. Paying a few extra dollars to feed the birds is totally worth it.
  • Nice place to visit with the family one time. You could not touch any of the birds but it was fun watching them fly around. The price was pretty high considering it only took an hour to get through all the exhibits. We paid $72 for 5 of us. They offered a membership for around $20 more but it's not a place I would go to more than once. The parking lot was so little so we had to park down the street.
  • The National Aviary has some very interesting species of birds and is a great educational experience for children and adults. The area is somewhat limited, so I would recommend taking your time at each exhibit, enjoying and watching the different birds, and reading the information provided at each place. Parking at the aviary can be an issue on weekends or other busy days. There is a small parking lot in the back and street parking, which can both be very limited or completely unavailable. Overall, for the admission price it is a pleasant and educational place to visit that I would recommend to everyone. Just be sure to take your time, ask questions, and read the information at each exhibit.
  • Great place to take kids, even if they are young. Just watching the birds especially the Eagles are very fascinating. The penguin enclosure was closed but they still had one penguin ... for one show. It was good. The birds could walk right to you in few enclosures which is very good. Parking lot is right behind the place. Plenty of paid street parking available as well. There is a nice place to eat within the aviary. Sandwiches are good.

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