Insider's Guide: National Aviary

Insider's Guide: National Aviary

Enjoy immersive experiences with enhanced safety at the National Aviary!

The health and safety of the National Aviary’s staff, guests, volunteers and animals is their top priority. To find out the National Aviary’s latest enhanced safety protocols, visit aviary.org/visit/covid-information.


This summer only during Journey to Africa Presented by Peoples at the National Aviary, enjoy new daily activities included with admission! Get to know the more than 500 birds that call the National Aviary home by visiting a colony of African Penguins at Penguin Point, including the newest colony member, Marge. You can also “flamingle” with American Flamingos in the Wetlands and find serenity in the Grasslands. Experience immersive, natural habitats like the Tropical Rainforest, where a young family of Victoria Crowned Pigeons strut right past your feet and Southern Bald Ibises fly by your head.

Get Your Tickets in Advance

The National Aviary is open daily. Enjoy a visit to Pittsburgh's iconic bird zoo for immersive experiences with enhanced safety protocols. It is recommended for guests to pre-purchase tickets online.

National Aviary Traditional Members have access to a flock of great benefits including free general admission! Learn more about the perks of being a Member. NEW: you can also become a Virtual Member for just $40 a year.

Immersive Experiences 

Meet majestic birds during a variety of immersive experiences available exclusively at the National Aviary. Freely explore the beautiful habitats, or meet signature species during engaging experiences included with admission, such as Eagles of Africa and Vultures in Flight, or for an additional fee, the new immersive bird show, African Adventure Presented by AAA Travel. You also can watch the National Aviary’s dedicated team feed the birds, maintain habitats and provide veterinary care. For an experience of a lifetime, you can book an animal encounter with penguins, owls, sloths and more. A Junior Zookeeper Encounter is also available for kids under 6!

Enhance Safety Protocols 

The health and safety of the staff, guests, volunteers and animals is the top priority for the National Aviary. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance! To learn about the National Aviary’s latest enhanced safety protocols, visit aviary.org/visit/covid-information.

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Support the National Aviary

The National Aviary is thrilled to welcome Marge to the African Penguin colony at Penguin Point! Marge is an important little penguin. She is the first chick hatched to parents Buddy and Holly, and the eleventh African Penguin to hatch at the National Aviary. Since hatching on January 3, Marge has proven herself to be a resilient and spirited penguin. Marge is a beacon of hope for African Penguins, which are endangered, with only 13,000 pairs remaining in the wild in South Africa. Read more about Marge’s story, and support the expert care that is helping this young penguin thrive. 

Your support for the National Aviary through donations or an annual Traditional Membership helps to provide high quality care for the more than 500 birds and mammals at the Aviary.  

As America’s premier bird zoo, the National Aviary is a must-see for every family this summer! Check out the National Aviary’s website for more information and to book your visit today. 

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