Escape to the Islands

Jan 9, 2020 - May 22, 2020
National Aviary
700 Arch Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15212

Transport yourself to an island oasis with new daily activities included with admission! Stroll through hallways lined with breezy palm trees and vibrant florals; roam tropical indoor habitats with lush greenery. Plus, check out upcoming special events such as Flamingo Fest and Passport to Paradise!

COMING SOON: Hand-feed Rainbow Lorikeets in their NEWLY renovated habitat!

Step into a lush habitat filled with beautiful greenery and brightly-colored birds! Hold out a nectar cup as these beautiful birds fly down to you for a snack! Learn more details in our Get Closer section. The Rainbow Lorikeets habitat will be opening in mid-January - stay tuned for updates!

Get Close with NEW Daily Activities Included with Admission

  • NEW! Flamingo Island Adventure - 11:30 am & 2 pm
    Get an up-close look at American Flamingos in the Wetlands, including the opportunity to feed them! Volunteer to hand-feed other beautiful island birds as they fly around you.
  • Royal Stoll with the Victoria Crowned Pigeons - 11 am & 3:30 pm
    Watch as these curious birds explore Canary’s Call, presented by Dollar Bank, strolling inches past your feet. You’ll learn all about Victoria Crowned Pigeons -the world’s largest pigeon species- a native of New Guinea!
  • Hang with the Bats
    Stand in awe as Malayan Flying Foxes spread their nearly five-foot wingspan, revealing their cute faces, during an interaction with our trainers.
  • Hands-on Activities for Kids 
    Kids can dress up as a bird expert and play with hands-on veterinary and birding toys!

Get Closer – NOW ONLY $3 each! OR Buy 2 for $5

  • Hand-feed Rainbow Lorikeets in their NEWLY Renovated Habitat! – 11:30 am, 2:30 pm & 4 pm
    Hold out a cup of nectar for remarkable Rainbow Lorikeets to fly down for a visit (and a snack)!

  • Hornbill (NEW) or Toucan Feeding – 12:30 pm & 3:30 pm
    Meet a Red-billed Hornbill or Aracari (small toucan) and hand-feed these incredible birds!
  • Immersive Bird Show: Amazing Amazon, presented by AAA Travel – 11 am & 1:30 pm
    Transport yourself into the rainforest! Marvel at a Southern Three-banded Armadillo, make friends with Valentino the sloth, and be mesmerized by colorful macaws!
  • Birdly® – 11 am - 3 pm Monday - Friday; 10 am - 5 pm Saturday & Sunday
    Fly through New York City on this full-body flight simulator. This is the closest you’ll ever come to knowing what it’s like to be a bird! Ask our Visitor Services desk for more information about your flight!

Want to Get Even Closer? Book an Animal Encounter!

Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind opportunities to get even closer to animals at the National Aviary. Guided by our expert trainers, you’ll learn how to interact with each unique species and learn all about their habitats, diets, and behaviors! Click here for more information. Also, learn about our NEW Junior Encounters including a Junior Armadillo Encounter and Junior Owl Encounter!

Special Events at the National Aviary

  • Flamingo Fest – February 22 – 23 | 11 am – 3 pm
    Included with admission.
    Enjoy games, crafts, a flamingo yoga game, storytime and other fun activities while learning how to help protect flamingos and other wetlands species.
  • Passport to Paradise – February 28 | 6 – 10 pm
    $25 early bird; $30 presale; $35 at the door; Members receive 10% off at checkout with code MEMBER10a
    Get nose-to-beak with island birds while exploring our tropical indoor habitats. Sip beer, wine, or a signature cocktail from a cash bar, and enjoy tasty light bites, with other tropical food options available for purchase from Atria’s.

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