Tracy Aviary Salt Lake City
Where is it at?
589 East 1300 South
Salt Lake City
Where are we going today?
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No wait, it's hundreds of birds!
Tracy Aviary is eight acres of beautiful flora which is home to over 400 stunning, cheeky and chirpy birds.
The fascinating exhibits are year round, so you can ensure you can keep coming back to learn more. They hold entertaining bird shows, as well as allowing you to get right up close with the Sun Conures - a super exciting experience where the birds eat right out of your hand! If you talk to them, you never know, they might just understand you!
If you loved this hands on experience, you can get close to the funny looking but super cute Pelicans, and feed them their very fishy meal.
There is also the South American Pavillion where you can witness dozens of beautiful and colorful species, each with their own stories of their journey. Can you guess what a Keel-Billed Toucan looks like?
Twit twoo! Twit twoo! If you are a Harry Potter fan, you will love the Owl Forest. Which owl would you pick to attend Wizard School with? Here you can learn the habits and nature of these silent nocturnal birds - unless you stay up past your bedtime this might be the best time to see them for yourselves!
A very important education for kids is the Rare Bird exhibit. Here they will understand why some bird species are falling numbers, and have become endangered, and why it is important for us to all keep our planet happy and healthy.
There are special events always taking place across the year, from scheduled bird walks to adventure summer camps, so keep an eye out for those!
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 (ages 3 - 12)
- Free Under: children ages 2 and under are free
When can we go?
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays from June - August. Closed Christmas & Thanksgiving
Tracy Aviary is a fantastic location for education. There are fun hands on Bird Programs for all ages, which will provide kids with a Utah State Core Curriculum standard experience. They also offer summer camps for kids from K - 5th Grade, so they can fill their days with fun and exciting activities such as art experiments and zoo keeping. The aviary welcome school field trips, as well as scouting trips, and you can even join their volunteer program if you find you love it so much! .
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget your camera!.
Doing our bit
The environment is a real priority here and they ensure they do their bit towards conservation. The landscapes are specifically designed to be a beautiful and perfect habitat for the nature that calls it home, as well as ensuring their buildings are made from healthy materials, complete with solar electric panels. They also participate in conservation and breeding programs for endangered species. Go team!.
Need a little extra help?
Handicapped parking is available in the main car park. Wheelchairs are available to rent if needed .
Strollers are more than welcome, and wagons are available to rent when you arrive. .
Can I get one of those?
Unfortunately if you fall in love with the birds, you can't take an actual bird home, but if you stop by the gift shop you will find a lot of special and unique bird-inspired gifts and souvenirs. From the fuzzy flamingo to an adorable owl, you will find something for everybody. .
What people are saying?
by Ryan Mower
The facility is very nice and easy to get around even with a stroller. There are a lot of very big trees that provide good shade as you walk around. The birds are easy to see and I was impressed how many we did see. We went to the Zoo a few weeks ago and most animals were not able to be seen so I was afraid of a similar experience here. My youngest actually liked the Aviary better than the Zoo. Took about 2 hours to go through everything and we took our time.
by Paul Schmutzler
Very cool place for bird lovers or just casual bird likers. Price was perhaps a bit steep, but the habitats and access to birds was great. The owl exhibit is especially good.
by Erin Emmett
We loved the Tracy Aviary so much that we decided to hold my son's 5th birthday party there. Unfortunately, our experience was not what we were expecting. First, we communicated with the event coordinator at the time the party was scheduled that we wanted to add on the bird feeding encounters (pelican feed and Amazon adventure). We were told to wait to the day of the party to purchase tickets because some guests may not want to hold a dead fish or have a bird land on them (made total sense). However, after telling our guests it was part of the plan,...Read More
by Chris Morris
There are a lot of different types of birds at this aviary. It was neat to see them.
by Karl Gruber
It was a nice stroll. It's definitely been updated in the past few years which helps. I'm not really into birds, but found the displays ranging from VERY basic, to absolutely delightful habitats. I thought the signs at the displays were great. Colorful, easy to understand, and brief. Well done! For the price (about $8) it's the kind of thing that is fun to do about every decade for my interest. I realize families with kids, and animal lovers will probably enjoy more frequent visits.
by Erin Emmett
We loved the Tracy Aviary so much that we decided to hold my son's 5th birthday party there. Unfortunately, our experience was not what we were expecting. First, we communicated with the event coordinator at the time the party was scheduled that we wanted to add on the bird feeding encounters (pelican feed and Amazon adventure). We were told to wait to the day of the party to purchase tickets because some guests may not want to hold a dead fish or have a bird land on them (made total sense). However, after telling our guests it was part of the plan, the tickets had almost completely sold out. Very disappointing! Also, the $175 Toucan Package states the birthday child will receive a gift, which he DID NOT get. Also, the tour was so rushed, most of our pre-school aged guests struggled to keep up and were left behind. Also, the parking situation made it very challenging to carrying items brought from home. Lastly, my husband and I paid for the package in full upon arrival, but as we were leaving with our arms full of boxes, we were harassed in front of of guests about not paying our bill and we had to argue with the workers to track down the cashier who checked us in. Calls and e-mails to the staff were not returned. Think twice before scheduling a birthday party here!