The National Aviary is closed to the public Sunday, August 30 for a private sponsor event. We will reopen Monday morning at 10 a.m.

Hours & Admissions

The National Aviary is open daily 10 am – 5 pm

We are open most holidays except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are open 10 am-3 pm on New Year's Eve.

Starting May 23:

Admission Prices

*Children under 2 are free. 

*Children: ages 2-12.


See the Live Bird Shows!


Bird beaks vary in size, shape and color, and while their most well-known use is for eating, beaks are also one of a bird's most versatile features!


SOAR! The National Aviary’s rooftop theater is home to an amazing collection of stunning birds of prey, including Black Kites, vultures, and hawks. See these masters of the sky at their best as they soar over West Park demonstrating their hunting prowess. Also, visitors will experience a remarkable, up-close view of the art of falconry! 


The National Aviary’s historic rose garden comes alive as birds fly in their most natural of environments. Both delightful and moving, this one-of-a-kind free-flight show combines live narration and music as audiences are treated to an up-close look at unique and charismatic bird species exhibiting natural behaviors in dynamic ways. Whether swooping just inches overhead or perched gracefully for an exquisite photo, birds including colorful macaws, massive eagles, and even a funny Kookaburra, will entertain you with their beauty and trained behaviors.


National Aviary Members enjoy unlimited, free admission year-round.

Tickets for theater programs and Encounters are non-refundable and non-transferrable to a different day/time.