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National Aviary
Allegheny Commons West
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh
PA
15212
Tel: 412 323 7235

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The National Aviary is located on Pittsburgh's historic North Side, just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, PNC Park and the Children's Museum. Limited parking is available in the National Aviary lot; entrance off of Arch Street. Additional metered parking is available along Arch Street.

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Where are we going today?

The National Aviary offers lots of opportunities to go nose to beak with many different species of birds. Visitors can watch the penguins swim, dive and play in our open-air exhibit, which also has plenty of windows and even a crawl tunnel for little ones to get an extra close look at the birds.

Daily feedings allow children and adults the chances offer worms, grapes and other treats to the birds, who take the food right from the hand. Other special activities include free-flight bird shows, in which macaws, owls, eagles, vultures and other birds fly over and walk among the audience.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$13
  • Children$11
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

10am to 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Teachers corner

Tours and educational classes available for ages 3 and up; downloadable lesson plans also available..

Any Top Tips?

Check out our daily on-line schedule of events and activities online before you arrive to ensure that you can take advantage of the day's programs..

Need a little extra help?

Fully wheelchair and stroller accessible. .

Baby Facilities

Changing station available in restrooms..

Can I get one of those?

Nature and bird-themed gifts, jewelry, handbags, books, toys, t-shirts, games and stationery.

What people are saying?

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    Well its a small place and takes less than 30-40 mins to see the whole place. It has a smell that can be overbearing and bird poop every where. Most of the birds look sad in that congested place. Only the penguins were playing around. Overall I did not enjoy this place at all.

    Ps: If you are immune compromised, I suggest you keep out of this place, as this can be a health hazard to you.

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    Not worth the money. The shows are pathetic and the place is a dump. They are constantly asking for money.

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    The variety of birds was impressive and the educational programs displayed them well. The rainforest and wetlands sections have a lot going on.
    The birds are free to fly right past you, and some walk up to your feet. It's wonderful to see them so close.

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    Wonderful. I'd been past this place many times on the way to the Mattress Factory (one of my Pittsburgh favorites), but never stopped in until today. Although it might seem a fairly small place, there was enough going on for me to occupy 3 hours very happily. I'm not a "bird watcher", but I was captivated by the ability to get up close to a wide variety of exotic species - for example, being less than a foot away from brightly-colored Australian finches; about 18" from a penguin grooming herself; having an Inca Tern on the wing snatch a small...Read More

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    My two grandchildren, my daughter, and I were excited about the Aviary since we had seen the hype on the local tv station and the website is loaded with photos. Once we arrived, and walked through, each of us were disappointed. Approximately forty-five minutes later, we had seen everything that is included in the extremely over priced $11-$13 admission/person. If one wants to experience more, one better have lots of cash. Each "show" is an additional $5/person. Want to experience feeding the inhabitants? That costs money, too. We were disappointed....Read More

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by john wilkes

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Wonderful. I'd been past this place many times on the way to the Mattress Factory (one of my Pittsburgh favorites), but never stopped in until today. Although it might seem a fairly small place, there was enough going on for me to occupy 3 hours very happily. I'm not a "bird watcher", but I was captivated by the ability to get up close to a wide variety of exotic species - for example, being less than a foot away from brightly-colored Australian finches; about 18" from a penguin grooming herself; having an Inca Tern on the wing snatch a small grub from my fingers; and having three Lories perched on my hand eating out of a cup of nectar. I didn't go to any of the paid shows, but did enjoy the free "feeding shows" a lot. The student volunteers are friendly, the staff helpful and knowledgeable. Well worth a visit.

by Merryly Leigh

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My two grandchildren, my daughter, and I were excited about the Aviary since we had seen the hype on the local tv station and the website is loaded with photos. Once we arrived, and walked through, each of us were disappointed. Approximately forty-five minutes later, we had seen everything that is included in the extremely over priced $11-$13 admission/person. If one wants to experience more, one better have lots of cash. Each "show" is an additional $5/person. Want to experience feeding the inhabitants? That costs money, too. We were disappointed. In our assessment of the place, you don't get what you pay for. It is way too expensive.

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