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“One of the best bird aviaries in the nation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Aviary

National Aviary
Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-323-7235
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Ranked #15 of 236 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Amazing collection of more than 600 exotic and endangered birds from nearly every continent.
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“One of the best bird aviaries in the nation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Officially proclaimed as the National Aviary by Congress, outside of wild birding areas, this is a wonderful place to experience the world of birds. It's a great winter destination for those who enjoy birds.

Visitors are given opportunities to feed the birds at feeding time and, for an extra fee, excellent shows featuring remarkably trained birds are available.

There are some very rare species here, such as Guam Kingfishers, as well as an African penguin exhibit that is a favorite of kids. Flamingos and various parrots also are featured.

Birders, adults, and children all will enjoy the National Aviary.

I appreciated the emphasis placed on the environmental pressures threatening our feathered friends. In fact, more could be done, such as an exhibit explaining the great toll on birds taken by windmill generators.

Visited December 2013
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“Very interesting but you don't need much time.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Aviary has some lovely bits, particularly the rainforest and wetlands, but there's a feeling that it could use either (A) a lot more funding or (B) different use of what's there. The show was interesting and it was cool seeing the birds, particularly the vultures, in the "Raptors" show. It's pretty expensive, but I was thankful that they allowed the group rate, even in a holiday week. Otherwise it would have really been beyond the budget. We spent between 2 and 2 1/2 hours there, including the show, and saw most everything. It was quite crowded due to it being the holiday week, and that made the wetlands feeding a disappointing experience, but that's not really the fault of the aviary.

My favorite was the rainforest area; it really transported me back to the Amazon. The penguin exhibit made me a bit sad, though, as I've also seen the South African penguins in the wild and the enclosure just really didn't feel like "home" for them.

The staff is very dedicated and involved, and definitely passionate about their topic!

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Northumberland, Pennsylvania
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“Great way to spend a few hours!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Overall it was a great experience. My girlfriend and I went around 3PM on a Saturday and thought we missed all of the feedings. Luckily, they were feeding in the Tropical Rainforest at 330PM so we were just in time. As other reviewers have recommended, the feedings are a great chance to learn about the variety of birds as well as interact with them. During the feeding, guests were able to take a worm, hold it high above their heads, and have a bird swoop down and eat from their hand. Great experience for kids and adults alike. We also witnessed the Penguin feeding, which was informative, but since it's all done out of the water, it was a lot of shoving fish down their throats. It is neat to be able to get so close to many of the birds, and both the Bald Eagle and Sea Eagle's are impressive. As other users have said, it's pretty self guided, but there are a number of interactive exhibits which are more focused for children that help as well.

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Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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“Seriously, just go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Go early in the morning and make a day of it! You will not be disappointed. If you love birds, you'll love the aviary! Take your camera and take loads of photos. This is very family friendly. There are several areas where different birds are located within the building. You can't go wrong here. It's great - the fee is well worth it!

Visited November 2013
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Moundsville, West Virginia
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“EXCELLENT Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

My wife were in Pittsburgh for a weekend getaway and chose the National Aviary as an afternoon excursion. It was so much more than a "bird zoo" we were expecting! The Aviary is sectioned off into habitats like the Rainforest, the Grasslands, the Wetlands, etc, with an INCREDIBLE variety of birds to see. The coolest part is, most of the birds in these habitats are in OPEN AIR, so they fly around you as you walk through. If you're thinking about visiting the Aviary, definitely stop by to see the feeding times to get up close with some different animals. I would also recommend paying the extra $5 to see one of the performance shows and hold a bird on your arm!

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