National Aviary
National Aviary
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Amazing collection of more than 600 exotic and endangered birds from nearly every continent.
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  • ElvisAndrus
    Arlington, Texas818 contributions
    Birdy Bird Good
    I went inspite of fears of smell, claminess and claustrophobia. But I am glad i went. I was kind of amazed that birds appear to be healthy living amongst such variety and with all the human interaction. I am not really a bird guy but to see so many so close up with such little effort worked for me. Staff were friendly and ready to answer questions. Feedings are announced so you can "chase after" them. Not a lot of teaching but certainly clear promotion of preservation. Felt like a must see place as I am not sure where to find one like it. We stayed nearby and walked by often, not sure I would have gone had it not been so accessible for us. As one review said, if you like birds, you will like it, presumbaly implying if you don't you won't. I could certainly appreciate it not working for someone who was afraid of birds.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Carrie Ann G
    Dayton, Ohio17 contributions
    Fantastic experience for the family
    Fantastic visit! As a family full of bird enthusiasts my kids and I were excited to see what the aviary had to offer. It did not disappoint! The exhibits were well designed and many were immersive. Whether you love birds, or are looking for something fun and/or educational, the aviary is a must when visiting Pittsburgh. Bonus that they are part of the AZA, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which offers half off admission to guests with participating AZA accredited institutions.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Christopher K
    2 contributions
    Unexpected Gem in Pittsburgh
    We happened to stay at an Airbnb near the National Aviary. After a visit to the Andy Warhol Museum, we happened across the National Aviary on our walk back to the Airbnb. What an amazing find! We learned so much about penguins (18 different species in the world today with five endangered), Andean Condors, tropical birds, and so much more! This is a must visit for anyone interested in learning, nature, and/or a hands-on experience.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Gregory S
    2 contributions
    Awesome Chance To Get Up Close With Birds From Around The World
    I originally wondered if this would be worth the money, only to find it was a wonderful experience. Amazing variety of birds, many of which fly around within a few feet of you. The employees and volunteers were quite knowledgeable and eager to tell everyone more about the various birds. I would call it a "HIDDEN GEM" even though it is The "National" Aviary (since I had never heard of it previously). Lastly, pay the extra $3 to feed the Rainbow Lorikeets. They land on your arms and walk over to eat out of the tin in your hands.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 5, 2023
  • ClevelandBeachBoy
    557 contributions
    A bit expensive for the size, but it is unique
    It is fun and unique. In my opinion, it is a bit expensive, especially since they charge extra for other things such as a show they have. It can get crammed in certain areas. The open areas where one is essentially in the bird cage is cool. If one is a member of a reciprocal zoo, one can get 50% off admission. Only kids under 2 are free, so 2-year old children cost only a couple of dollars less than an adult. There is a snack bar on site, but one can also bring their own food and eat at a table, so one can pack a lunch.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • mamathoma
    Ada, Michigan256 contributions
    Nice, but small
    The National Aviary is very nice, but it is a little smaller than I expected. The various habitats are well done and the staff is very friendly and able to answer questions. My young adult son participated in the Penguin Encounter and he really enjoyed it and felt it was worth the additional money. There were 7 people in the group and all were adults. It was a little frustrating that they encourage timed tickets and purchasing tickets in advance, but when you enter the aviary with a timed ticket, you still need to wait in line behind people buying their tickets. Seems like that process could be improved.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 24, 2023
  • bonjour05
    State College, Pennsylvania13 contributions
    Fantastic visit with great staff
    We had a great time at the aviary….all of the staff were very friendly and helpful especially at pointing out various birds our kids were trying to find. The bird feedings were long enough to be informative, but not too long to lose our kids’ attentions. We fed the lorikeets and also did a penguin encounter and they were both great. The bird sighting are great, but truly the staff are what make this a 5 star site!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Felicity C
    29 contributions
    Must visit
    This place was so wonderful to visit. Right from when we arrived Kelsey was very welcoming and knowledgeable with sharing info with us. We booked the Jr.Penguin encounter with the volunteer Melissa. This was fantastic and only $33 each. My son loved dressing up as a penguin and then meeting ‘sunshine’ the penguin in real life.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 28, 2023
  • pjmdvm
    Atlanta, Georgia1,843 contributions
    Happy Birds
    Lovely aviary. Enjoyed walking through the exhibits repeatedly which allows you to see them feeding the birds which brings them closer to you. Did the extra exhibit with the owl which was cool. The cafeteria area was very nice with additional areas to sit and eat. The only problem I had was that I missed an exibit with the birds flying because the owl person didn't know we were also doing that exhibit and we didn't know we had to mention it. Not a big deal but something to keep in mind. They kindly gave us a refund. The employees are very friendly and helpful.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Hector Bolanos
    Chicago, Illinois47 contributions
    Really nice place.
    Really nice place. Went here with my wife and we both enjoyed it very much. Nice mix of habitats and I like how immersive it is and allow you to be up-close and personal with the birds. The entirety of the place is somewhat small, so it doesn't take too long to go through the whole exhibit. But still worth-while for a short day trip.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 28, 2024
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Kyla1098
Clarksburg, WV127 contributions
Jul 2021
I've been twice and love the immersive experience. People on here seem to complain that it's too small, or "it's a National Aviary" it should have more. If you simply go on their website they explain their name, and it's not like a Smithsonian National Zoo or anything. There are several opportunities throughout the day to get up close and personal with the birds they have. They do have a show that you have to pay for but the free show in my opinion is just about the same. When I went we were able to feed lorikeets, feed pelicans, and penguins if we wanted. There were presentations throughout the Aviary and several helpful staff to answer any questions. The Aviary is mostly open so you walk through the bird's area and they can walk towards you and maybe even on you. Food is surprisingly good for being at the Aviary. Pizza was very good and fresh. Gift shop has unique items such as hand-carved birds, and luminaries. They have beautiful paper art and a lot of bird books. As well as stuff for kids.
Written August 3, 2021
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Dropsojup
Shreve, OH414 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Let me start with the only downside of our visit, the parking lot was closed and we had to find on street parking on a very busy Saturday. Every other aspect of our visit was nice. There was a cute show with birds flying and little animals running out on stage. Many different areas to walk through and types of birds to see. We also added an owl meet session and that was fantastic. We were able to hold the owl and ask questions and have our picture taken with him. We were not rushed and got to spend plenty of time. They do this with many of their animal ambassadors at the aviary, but they never bring one out if it doesn't want to. If in the area, this is a great place to stop, for people of all ages.
Written February 24, 2021
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Carrie Ann G
Dayton, OH17 contributions
May 2023
Fantastic visit! As a family full of bird enthusiasts my kids and I were excited to see what the aviary had to offer. It did not disappoint! The exhibits were well designed and many were immersive. Whether you love birds, or are looking for something fun and/or educational, the aviary is a must when visiting Pittsburgh. Bonus that they are part of the AZA, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which offers half off admission to guests with participating AZA accredited institutions.
Written May 24, 2023
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Suzan L
Pittsburgh, PA19 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
The aviary recently spent millions adding a new event center on to the building. It is clear they should be in the event center business instead of running an aviary. The grand entrance off of the parking lot is not open to visitors. After paying your $5 to park you must walk all around the building, over a goose poop covered sidewalk, then along a mud puddle covered gravel path. Hopefully you are not in a wheelchair, or have a stroller,or have mobility issues. Then you have to walk out to the street along the sidewalk. ( here is an idea, park on the public street, less expensive and closer to the entrance). Once inside, they will upsell you. Want to see a bird show? $5 per person. Go onto the parrot room? $3 per person. Up close with a penguin or owl? $99.
I could understand the event space spending and the up charges if they kept the entrance price low, but it is comparable to the Carnegie Science center, or the zoo, or the Carnegie museum, and there is much less to see at the other places. I less you are intensely interested in birds, this is not worth the money.
Written January 12, 2023
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JaneT013
California115 contributions
Jun 2021
We weren't sure what to expect, but this is a truly beautiful aviary. The wetlands exhibit is amazing. There was a brief "rain shower" when we went inside, and the birds were clearly enjoying it. The birds in the wetlands enclosure are used to people, and you can get up fairly close, and drop fish to the penguins and other birds. The rainforest enclosure is also great--some stunning birds there, and we enjoyed the penguins, as well as the eagles, owls, condors, and so many other birds. So many gorgeous birds, and good educational exhibits, too. Well worth the visit!
Written June 14, 2021
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Wayne3866
Blandon, Pennsylvania25 contributions
Oct 2020
I have waited my entire life to see a Cock on the Rock. Not only did we see this particular bird, but a lot of other birds that are very hard to see in the wild. I lived in Australia and was very surprised to a Frogmouth Tawny, and a Guam King Fisher. This is not the only reason to see this place, you can watch them feed the flamingos, and watch the staff feed the swallows swooping catching worms in the air. The spaces are open and very personal. This is a very cheap place to visit, allow about 2 hours or more to see the whole facility.
Written October 7, 2020
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RecreationV
New York City, NY384 contributions
May 2021
This mostly indoor aviary was quite enjoyable. We spent about two hours here on a rainy afternoon. The Aviary is divided into sections based on habitat. The birds are beautiful, and if you are not in a rush, spend time in each section, watching and appreciating nature. I somehow thought that 'National' implied it to be larger and more extensive, not that it is so small either, just was expecting something that might require most of my day. There are very informative animal sessions, check the schedule. There are also some private/paid sessions available, which looked most interesting, but we did not do these.
Written July 19, 2021
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acedaughter
Beverly Hills, MI1,100 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
While I enjoyed my visit to the aviary and learned some interesting things about birds, I’m not sure it was a good value. Admission was rather high considering the size of the aviary, then you paid more for any of the special shows (and then they asked for donations at the end of the show!). I had a short 1-1/2 hour window to explore and this fit the bill.
Written June 29, 2022
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ClevelandBeachBoy
Greater Cleveland557 contributions
Jun 2023
It is fun and unique. In my opinion, it is a bit expensive, especially since they charge extra for other things such as a show they have. It can get crammed in certain areas. The open areas where one is essentially in the bird cage is cool.

If one is a member of a reciprocal zoo, one can get 50% off admission. Only kids under 2 are free, so 2-year old children cost only a couple of dollars less than an adult.

There is a snack bar on site, but one can also bring their own food and eat at a table, so one can pack a lunch.
Written June 28, 2023
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mamathoma
Ada, MI256 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The National Aviary is very nice, but it is a little smaller than I expected. The various habitats are well done and the staff is very friendly and able to answer questions. My young adult son participated in the Penguin Encounter and he really enjoyed it and felt it was worth the additional money. There were 7 people in the group and all were adults. It was a little frustrating that they encourage timed tickets and purchasing tickets in advance, but when you enter the aviary with a timed ticket, you still need to wait in line behind people buying their tickets. Seems like that process could be improved.
Written July 24, 2023
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