Wrap up summer with a tropical getaway close to home at the National Aviary—and online!

National Aviary Immersive Experience In Wetlands
National Aviary - Immersive experience in Wetlands

Make the most of the last weeks of summer with new immersive experiences at the National Aviary! Enjoy interactive daily programs included with admission both indoors and outdoors. Join an expert-led birdwatching walk through the surrounding park; take in a fascinating Condor Talk; watch our adorable colony of African Penguins at mealtime; be wowed by flight demonstrations and meet and greet sessions with beautiful birds; and spread your wings during an exciting outdoor flamingo-inspired yoga activity—all planned to allow for physical distancing. Enhanced safety protocols including timed ticketing, protective face masks, and hand sanitization stations, are in place to make a walk through our lush, vibrant habitats as safe as possible.

For a truly immersive experience to cap off the summer season, guests can elevate their visit with an Animal Encounter—including new Jr. Penguin Encounters, and Jr. Owl Encounters, perfect for families with children of all ages! Plus, through August 23, save 30% on Sloth Encounters!

As school approaches, get ready for new virtual learning opportunities for bird lovers of all ages. Get unparalleled access to ornithology, conservation, and veterinary experts through online classes and talks, or create a masterpiece in fun bird-themed painting classes. For classrooms, scout groups, and homeschooling families, exciting interactive lessons with a National Aviary education expert provide an engaging educational experience to start the school year off right!

Daily Activities at the National Aviary, included with general admission, now through Labor Day:

Birdwatching with a National Aviary Expert, daily at 10 a.m.

Meet up with a National Aviary expert for a physically distanced exploration of the birds and wildlife in the National Aviary’s neighborhood! Stroll through the historic Allegheny Commons Park to encounter sparrows, finches, cardinals, and even birds of prey commonly seen throughout southwest Pennsylvania. Sanitized binoculars will be available (while supplies last), or birdwatchers can bring their own. Our birding expert will teach you how to use your binoculars, and how to identify common wild birds, as you enjoy a morning stroll through the scenic park. Face masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn during National Aviary programs. All ages are welcome.

Included with admission; weather dependent

Kids’ Flamingo Yoga, daily at 11 a.m.

Spread those wings, stand tall, and test your balance during a flamingo-inspired yoga session led by a National Aviary expert on the Aviary’s patio! Learn how birds move as you stretch and twist during this physically distanced outdoor session for children. This fun experience for children takes place outdoors at the National Aviary’s Arch Street entrance.

Included with admission; weather dependent

Condor Talk, daily at 2:30 p.m.

Meet the Andean Condors of the National Aviary during daily talks with a National Aviary expert in the outdoor Condor Court habitat. Learn about these impressive birds with massive 10-foot wingspans and the National Aviary’s multifaceted conservation work in Ecuador, where this species is endangered. All ages are welcome.

Included with admission

Penguin Talk, daily at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

How much fish can an African Penguin eat every day? Learn the answer to this, and more, as National Aviary experts feed the colony during daily feedings at Penguin Point. While the colony feasts on their favorite fish, find out how the National Aviary is working to protect this endangered species, and learn how you can help African Penguins. Book a Private Penguin Feeding to learn even more and feed the colony by hand!

Birds Meet & Greets, daily at 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.

Watch as a gorgeous Grey Crowned-crane or a cute Hooded Vulture flies right by you, or get the chance to meet a fascinating bird, like an owl or a hawk, during a Bird Meet and Greet session. National Aviary experts will introduce you to some of the species that call the National Aviary home, and help you learn more about their behaviors and habitats. These daily experiences take place in the National Aviary’s Helen M. Schmidt FliteZoneTM theater where groupings of chairs are physically distanced.


General Listing for the National Aviary

National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212


Timed tickets available at www.aviary.org 

Open 7 days/week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Adults $17

Children (ages 2-12) $16

Seniors (60+) $16

Under 2 Free

Caring for birds and mammals is still our top priority during these uncertain times. Please consider helping today. Through your donation or membership, we can continue providing for animals at the National Aviary, as well as sustain our educational programming. Join us: we’re all in this together.