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National Aviary, Pittsburgh

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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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  • Located across the river behind PNC Park and near the Children's Museum, the Aviary is a great outing for those who love birds or families with children. Check the website for scheduled time for speci...  more »
  • Went there on a recent trip to Pittsburgh. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit there. Lots of different species of birds in varying habitats. Great place for kids of all ages.  more »
  • The place is smaller than we think, a one or two-hour trip is enough. But it is really great to see the birds flying and walking freely in some environment similar to their habitats. The African pengu...  more »
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  • 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.
  • We had a great time with our toddler grandson! We explored seven, climate-specific "rooms" that featured exotic birds both up close and from a comfortable distance. We watched and participated in a handful of feedings that thrilled him. Took in a live "inflight" exhibition that included a dozen or so birds, from tiny burrowing owls, to falcons, eagles, and macaws. He really enjoyed leading us through the Aviary's winding paths and boardwalks. We kept coming back to the nursery to watch through the window as an egg in an incubator showed signs of life and the furry baby eagle owls stumbled blindly in their nest. I give this place 5 stars in spite of my warning not to eat at the cafe. There are plenty of other eateries nearby.
  • I went with my son, my brother and his wife for Mothers Day Brunch! This was such a wonderful day. The birds are so so pretty and interesting as well as the penguins. The Condor exhibit looked like Jurassic Park! Awesome day!
  • Fantastic for kids, very reasonably priced and admission cost is well worth it. Great to explore, very helpful and informative staff, very immersive. Kids (and adults) can participate in feedings, talk to naturalists, and experience up close birds they may never see anywhere else. Only issue, and it is very small, but there is very limited parking.