Escape to a Vibrant World of Birds at the
One and Only National Aviary
Encounter exotic, rare, and endangered birds up close as you are transported from rocky coastlines through a tropical rainforest to serene grasslands. Free-flight, walk-through exhibits allow birds to perch at arm’s length and greet you, while more elusive inhabitants are only discovered by careful study of the tree tops and groundcover, with melodic calls, whistles and bellows as your guide.
Live feedings and encounters will have birds eating from your hands and provide an intimate and informative look at their most interesting natural behaviors. From vibrant songbirds to powerful raptors, each of the 500 birds you uncover is more fascinating and beautiful than the last.
Enjoy a memorable brush with nature in an intimate setting that is lush and vibrant year-round. Book your all-ages adventure at the nation’s aviary today!
Groups of 15 or more paying in a single transaction are eligible for admission discounts. Are you a school group? Click here for our school programs!
Group Tour Options
The National Aviary offers a range of discounted group packages to fit your timeframe and interest; or, you can entirely customize your group experience. Special breakfast and lunch packages offer private visits from some of the National Aviary's most popular birds. Guided tours, live bird shows, and penguin painting programs can also be added. Call today to design your unique group outing!
School Group / Field Trip Rate
Student educational programs and field trips receive our best rates. Click here for information about our school programs.
General Group Rate
Enjoy general admission and participation in our daily schedule of interactive events for a discount. Remember, you can add on any of our à la carte options to fit your timeframe and uniquely customize your visit! A la carte items include in-depth guided tours, live bird shows, private bird encounters, penguin painting programs and more! See the complete list below.
$10 per person (+ add-ons if desired; see below for options)
Group Experience Package
Learn more about the 500 birds in our free-flight exhibits through an in-depth group tour! During your tour, an Aviary expert will share the unique attributes of a variety of species; share our birds’ personal stories; give guests opportunities to learn to identify species, do some nest-spotting, and point out unique bird behavior; and of course, answer questions! Your group will also enjoy an entertaining feeding, whether the educational wetlands feeding, the delightful Lories feeding, or a personalized bald eagle feeding (availability dependent on the timing of your visit).
$16 per person
Enhanced Experience Package
Enjoy the very best of all the National Aviary has to offer. Your package includes a group guided tour and interactive feeding as described above in the "Group Experience Package." Plus, be entertained by a private group encounter with two of the National Aviary's most popular bird species. A National Aviary trainer will deliver fun facts and information as live birds delight your group by displaying natural behaviors and showcasing the features that make each bird unique. Ask questions and learn first-hand about each species’ most distinguishing traits.
$23 per person
Dine with the Birds Package
Enjoy a private breakfast or lunch with personal visits from three of the National Aviary's most popular bird species! A National Aviary trainer will deliver fun facts and information as a series of live birds delights your group, displaying natural behaviors and showcasing the features that make each bird unique. Ask questions and learn first-hand about each species’ most distinguishing traits. For an extra-exclusive experience, start your breakfast as early as 8:30 a.m., before the National Aviary opens to the public! Then, walk the National Aviary and enjoy our daily schedule of interactive events.
$30 per person
A la Carte Items
Make your Aviary visit uniquely yours. Customize your visit by adding any of the following à la carte options to your group rate or package:
Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone™ Theater: Live, Free-Flight Bird Shows (1/2 hour per show)
- 1 show ..................... $5 per person
- 2 shows .................... $9 per person
1-Hour Guided Tour ............... $4 per person
Lories Food ........................... $3 per person
Private Penguin Painting program with souvenir canvas $150 per 20 canvases. Can accommodate groups of various sizes. Call for pricing specific to your group size.
Additional Private Encounters ... Call for Pricing
Logistical Information for Groups:
Group Size: Group rates are based on a minimum of 15 persons.
Reservations: Recommended three weeks in advance or more.
Bus Parking: Buses may drop off passengers at the National Aviary’s east entrance located on Arch Street with motor coach parking on Arch Street or Western Avenue. Cars and vans may park in the National Aviary lot; the parking fee is $5 per vehicle and subject to availability.
**Attention Bus Drivers/Operators: Please note this important bridge restriction near the National Aviary.**
Schedule Your Visit Today! Here’s How:
1. Contact the National Aviary’s Group Sales Coordinator Audrey Beichner at 412-258-9463. You may also download and print the form by clicking here.
2. Upon selection of your date, you will be sent a group sales agreement document.
3. Your reservation is final only after the National Aviary’s receipt of your signed agreement and receipt of deposit.
Schedule Your Visit
- Have several dates in mind in case your preferred date is unavailable.
- Reservations are required for group rates to apply.
- Please plan to arrive at the National Aviary 15 minutes prior to the start of your visit. If your group is running late, call the National Aviary at 412-323-7235 and dial 0 to reach the front desk. You may also call Audrey at 412-258-9463 to alert her.
General Information to Help Plan Your Group Visit:
Hours of Operation: An indoor facility open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Location: Within West Park on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side, a short drive from downtown. Easy access to major interstates including I-376, I-279 and Route 28.
Accessibility: Welcoming to persons with disabilities, in accordance with ADA guidelines.
Café: Purchase a catered package to complement your visit, or peruse a variety of snack and meal options at Kookaburra Café with seating in our glass domed atrium.
Gift Shop: Commemorate your trip with a souvenir. Find unique gift items for any occasion!
Call Us Today!
A variety of options are available to make each group visit unique and memorable! Call now!
Group Sales Coordinator