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National Aviary

#14 of 172 things to do in Pittsburgh Features Animals
Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
+1 412-323-7235
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Loved it

I loved the aviary. The birds were all in excellent health and very beautiful. The staff was very... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
JulieSaylor
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Aurora, IN
Disappointingly small

The number and variety of birds was really small. The cages were small and the thick wire mesh... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
VinayKumaran
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Mumbai, India
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Amazing collection of more than 600 exotic and endangered birds from nearly every continent.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Allegheny Commons, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved the aviary. The birds were all in excellent health and very beautiful. The staff was very welcoming. I will return.

Thank JulieSaylor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The number and variety of birds was really small. The cages were small and the thick wire mesh around many of the enclosures made it difficult to see the birds. The enclosures for the Andean condors were downright depressing considering their normal habitat.

2  Thank VinayKumaran
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's definitely a worth while place to visit. They have these three gigantic vultures that you can see outside before you enter. Once inside it's just a pleasure to see a whole selection of birds from hanging bats to baby penguins. There are lots and...More

Thank Traveler53023
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Penguins up close. Baby owls. California Condors and more. An amazing array of birds from around the world presented in large enclosures many of which you can walk through while birds walk and fly around you. Great for children of all ages if you know...More

Thank jay a
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fairly small but nice place to visit in Pittsburgh. Can occupy about 2hrs depending on how fast you stroll. Regularly scheduled feeding sessions for exhibits was a nice touch.

Thank A P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm sure some people will have different experiences here but I was pretty bummed out at seeing eagles, ospreys and other birds in spaces that just seemed way too small. I've been to most tourist attractions in Pittsburgh and this one was not a hit...More

1  Thank Nikolai L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With recent improvements to the grounds and to the exhibits, I must say this this place has recovered nicely. I think it's still a little pricey, especially if you want to take part in the special feedings and other experiences. The exhibits were well populated...More

1  Thank Mike G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place and very interesting for all ages. In some areas you have to watch where you are going - the birds will be walking with you and flying overhead within a few feet. Make sure you check the times for the live bird performances...More

Thank blackadder2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This facility has a number of walk-through habitats that showcase free-flying small birds from around the world. The large raptors such as the eagles are in natural-looking enclosures, which allow you to see them up-close. The penguins were pretty frisky while we were there, and...More

Thank mcdh4561
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We arrived for Mother's Day brunch. Lovely outside tent area in rose garden. Food items were very good. Cash bar. Chilly day so heaters were appreciated. Multiple birds shared including owl, parrot and penguin. Admission to aviary included in brunch. We spent several hours viewing...More

Thank kathy E
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crzyrner
Has anyone done the sloth encounter? Do you get to hold the sloth? How much interaction is there? Thinking of this for my daughters 18th birthday. Thanks!
3 May 2017|
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Response from Lida3 | Reviewed this property |
We have not. I would expect that you are not able to actually hold the sloth. That said, call the Aviary and ask specifics. We did do a penguin encounter once. Private room with 'Preston' who was essentially loose in... More
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littlefutz
Hi, How far are you from the Hotel Monaco downtown?
19 April 2017|
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Response from James S | Reviewed this property |
The Aviary is on the North Side on Arch street. If you are driving, it would be about 10 minutes. I'm sorry I did not answer sooner as I've been very busy and had not seen the email request, but I hope this answer finds... More
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Nancy S
How much does it cost to feed the Lorikeets if you don't purchase the all-day pass?
28 July 2015|
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Response from notatourtype | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if you can feed the Lorikeets without buying a general admission ticket for the aviary. If I recall, they are towards the middle of the aviary. I believe that the fee for feeding the Lorikeets is just $3 (not... More
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