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Visiting The National Aviary in Pittsburgh

If you’re a fan of birds, one of the best spots to visit is The National Aviary in Pittsburgh. The nonprofit zoo is – as the name suggests – all about birds. Their devotion to birds is incredible, and it will inspire you to not only help the beautiful animals but learn more about them in the process. If you’re interested in visiting the largest aviary in the country, then the following can help you prepare for your trip to The National Aviary in Pittsburgh.

The Birds
What better way to start planning your visit to The National Aviary than discussing some of the hundreds of birds you might be able to see. Just some of the many you may come across include the African Penguin, the Brown Pelican, the Hooded Vulture, Green Singing Finch, Rainbow Lorikeet, Martial Eagle, Snowy Owl, White-bellied go-away-bird, the Sudan Golden Sparrow, and the White-throated Ground Dove. They’re located throughout the varied exhibits which include Penguin Point, Grasslands, Cloud Forest, Eagle Hall, Tropical Rainforest, Canary’s Call, Condor Court, and Wetlands.

Keel-billed toucan

Events and Encounters
There are so many great events that take place at The National Aviary. In addition to events that happen daily, such as the Penguin Encounter and Flamingo Trek, you’ll also find other events such as the Penguin Painting that takes place on February 5 or the Pet Parrot Classes that take place on March 11. Some take place every day, others don’t, so you’ll want to check out the events calendar on their website for more information.

Parking and Admission
If you’re planning on driving to The National Aviary, you can either do street parking (which is metered) or you can pay $5 to park in the parking lot. Members, however, don’t have to pay to use the lot or pay to get into the aviary. As far as admission prices for non-members, prices range depending on whether you just want general admission or you want to add onto that by attending a show or a feeding(s). Depending on which option you go with, prices range from $13 to $25, and children under 2 get in for free. They’re open 10 am to 5 pm daily, but there are dates throughout the year when they’re closed.

Man feeding bird

Should you decide you want to take a trip and visit The National Aviary, we suggest checking out their social media pages or calling in advance of your visit to ensure they’re going to be open on the dates and times you want to go, especially in the instance of inclement weather. Additionally, before you buy any tickets, make sure that you read all the fine print so there are no unpleasant surprises if your plans happen to change. If you’re interested, they do also allow the booking of events. Lastly, don’t worry if you get hungry or want to pick up a souvenir during your visit as you can stop at The National Aviary Gift Shop or Atria’s Kookaburra Kitchen. Enjoy your trip!