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.

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
  • NEW Jr. Armadillo - Daily at 10 am | $30 per 1 adult and child; add an adult for $10
  • Flamingo Trek - Daily at 10:30 am | $75 per person
  • Hawk Encounter - Daily 3 pm | $75 per person
  • Owl - Daily at 3 pm | $75 per person
  • NEW Jr. Owl - Daily at 3 pm | $30 per 1 adult and child; add an adult for $10
  • Penguin - Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm | $40 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 | $100 per person

Call 412-258-9445 to book TODAY!

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.

  • Sloth Lovers Experience - Have up-close and behind-the-scenes interactions with all three of the National Aviary's sloths! | $150 per person

  • Penguin Lovers Experience - Get even closer to our penguins with an encounter, private feeding (opens March 15), and a behind the scenes look at how we care for our colony of African Penguins. Beginning March 15, 2020 | $140 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!)

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!


You Can Still Get Closer During Your Experience at the National Aviary! NEW Pricing! $3 Each or Pick 2 for $5!

  • Immersive Bird Show: Amazing Amazon, presented by AAA Travel | Daily at 11 am & 1:30 pm (except on Tuesdays when the birds are resting)

Get Close During Daily Activities Included with Admission!

View our daily schedule for details on each activity.