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National Aviary

#14 of 173 things to do in Pittsburgh Features Animals
Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
+1 412-323-7235
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Loved it - even our 18 y/o enjoyed the aviary.

The aviary was wonderful. I would give the staff top marks in all areas. There were plenty of... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2016
Lancaster, PA
Flying High

We love the intimate feel of the Aviary, small in size but big in rewards. Hidden gem in... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2016
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Amazing collection of more than 600 exotic and endangered birds from nearly every continent.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
+1 412-323-7235

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Reviewed April 12, 2016

The aviary was wonderful. I would give the staff top marks in all areas. There were plenty of nice volunteers who answered any questions we might have. The areas were well marked and the exhibit/shows were very informative and attention grabbing. We were visiting our...More

Thank kendrash
Reviewed April 8, 2016

We love the intimate feel of the Aviary, small in size but big in rewards. Hidden gem in Pittsburgh.

Thank latedec63
Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

This place is in the heart of Pittsburgh- a very nice place to spend a few hours with family! Enjoyed viewing the birds! Saw some very exotic ones and they were able to fly around you in some areas. Would definitely go back!

Thank Janet H
Reviewed April 8, 2016

Spent half a day here while my husband attended a conference. Every half hour they have a special activity going on and all were interesting and entertaining. They currently have a baby sloth there who is soooo cute! They feed him in front of the...More

Thank Angelique L
Reviewed April 7, 2016

PROS: cheap parking $5; easy to see in under 2 hours; great exhibits – you can really get up close to the birds!; most birds are in pairs; the baby sloth and Steller Sea Eagles were very popular; CONS: café can be expensive; admission can...More

1  Thank Big_bro_1_usa
Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

We went last fall with my in-laws and it was a big hit. Lots to look at, especially in the main aviary room, and there were employees/guides interacting with animals and answering questions. They were very nice and informative, and spoke well to kids. Pretty...More

Thank SuzS27
Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

We were excited to plan a visit, when the day dawned it was rainy! We went anyway doubting we would be able to see everything. We were thrilled to be able to see the entire aviary! WHat a delight, we have kids ranging from 11-24...More

Thank Julie W
Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the bird show as well as all of the exhibits my 11 and 13 year old especially enjoyed feeding the birds.

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed April 4, 2016

Was not expecting to like this place this much. Our kids (9 year olds) loved it. The bird show is worth paying extra for as is the Lorikeet feedings.

Thank Andrew T
Reviewed April 3, 2016

We did the VIP experience. We worked with Jamie and he had planned activities for us before we arrived based on information he had collected from us prior to our visit. We had a chance to see lots of birds up close. A penguin named...More

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Has anyone done the sloth encounter? Do you get to hold the sloth? How much interaction is there? Thinking of this for my daughters 18th birthday. Thanks!
May 3, 2017|
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Response from Lida3 | Reviewed this property |
We have not. I would expect that you are not able to actually hold the sloth. That said, call the Aviary and ask specifics. We did do a penguin encounter once. Private room with 'Preston' who was essentially loose in... More
Hi, How far are you from the Hotel Monaco downtown?
April 18, 2017|
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Response from James S | Reviewed this property |
The Aviary is on the North Side on Arch street. If you are driving, it would be about 10 minutes. I'm sorry I did not answer sooner as I've been very busy and had not seen the email request, but I hope this answer finds... More
Nancy S
How much does it cost to feed the Lorikeets if you don't purchase the all-day pass?
July 28, 2015|
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Response from notatourtype | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if you can feed the Lorikeets without buying a general admission ticket for the aviary. If I recall, they are towards the middle of the aviary. I believe that the fee for feeding the Lorikeets is just $3 (not... More