Penguin Encounter

Have you ever wanted to get up close with an African Penguin?

Now you can! Mingle with one of our most recognizable birds in this popular interactive program, offered twice daily at 11 am and 2:30 pm.

Information and Pricing

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!

  • $50 per person + general admission for non-members. National Aviary members always receive free general admission.
  • 6 years and older.  Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Group size limited to eight people.
  • Advance registration guarantees your experience. Same-day registration is based on program availability and cannot be guaranteed.  Programs may sell out early for holidays and special weekends.

Please call 412-258-9445 to register.

Tickets for special encounters are non-refundable and non-transferrable to a different day/time.