Animal Encounters

Get even closer to the National Aviary animals with these incredible experiences. Learn about our various species, their diets and their natural behaviors.


Interactive Encounters

Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind opportunities to get even closer to the animals at the National Aviary. Each encounter is limited in size to ensure a personal experience. They are guided by our expert trainers who will show you how to interact with the animal and teach you all about their unique species.

  • Armadillo - Daily at 10 am | $40 per person
  • Flamingo Trek - Daily at 11 am | $75 per person
  • Hawk Encounter - Daily 3 pm | $75 per person
  • Owl - Daily at 3 pm | $75 per person
  • Penguin - Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm | $50 per person
  • Private Penguin Feeding - Available through Nov. 30, Daily at 1 pm and 4 pm | $100 per person
  • Sloth - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9:30 am | $150 per person
  • Sloth Lovers Experience - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am | $200 per person


Fully Immerse Yourself in the World of Birds with these Experiences

These highly interactive and personalized opportunities allow you to experience the National Aviary animals alongside an animal care expert. These experiences are designed for small groups to enjoy exclusive, up-close interactions with our incredible birds and animals and behind-the-scenes adventures. Advanced reservation required.

  • NEW! Sloth Lovers Experience - Have up-close and behind-the-scenes interactions with all three of the National Aviary's sloths! | $200 per person

  • NEW! Penguin Lovers Experience - Get even closer to our penguins with an encounter, private feeding, and a behind the scenes look at how we care for our colony of African Penguins. Available through Nov. 30 | $150 per person

  • Trainer For A Day -Spend a full day with a National Aviary trainer and learn what it takes to care for our flock. | $275 per person or $450 for 2 people 
  • VIP Experience - Get the star treatment with this half-day experience, customized just for you. | $300 per person or $500 for 2 people (groups of 2 or more receive a $50 discount per person!)


Enjoy an Immersive Experience

Daily 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone™ Theater

You’ll be amazed by the wild wonders of the Amazon in this immersive experience. Visit the National Aviary’s newly renovated Helen M. Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater! Meet our new Toco Toucan, marvel at a Southern Three-banded Armadillo, make friends with Valentino the sloth, and be mesmerized by colorful macaws! Learn how these tropical species interact with their environments and what sustainable choices you can make to help protect the world’s rainforests!

Tickets are available at a Visitor Services Desk for $5.

Funding for the Amazing Amazon theater renovations and show has been generously provided by the Robert and Mary Weisbrod Foundation.


Get Up Close During Daily Feedings

Join us as we feed the flock. Attendance to any of these exciting feedings is included with admission. Additional fees may apply to participate - proceeds support the care and feeding of the National Aviary's flock!

View our daily schedule for details on each feeding. 


Book an unforgettable experience today! Call 412-258-9445 for details.

General admission rates also apply for non-members. National Aviary members always receive free general admission.

At the National Aviary, we give our animals the choice to participate in interactive experiences with caring guests, like you!  Please provide your contact information when booking your encounter. If our animal ambassador needs a day of rest, we will contact you to reschedule your encounter. The comfort and safety of our animals and our guests is always our top priority. Thank you for understanding!