The Allegheny County's recent order places restrictions on county-wide gatherings and events effective July 3rd. In following these orders, the National Aviary will be closed for one week beginning July 3, 2020. Please check back next week for more information. The National Aviary will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To support our flock during this difficult time visit aviary.org/Make-a-Donation.

The Allegheny County's recent order places restrictions on county-wide gatherings and events effective July 3rd. In following these orders, the National Aviary will be closed for one week beginning July 3, 2020. Please check back next week for more information. The National Aviary will continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To support our flock during this difficult time visit aviary.org/Make-a-Donation.

Penguin Encounter - 9:30 AM

National Aviary

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! Learn about African Penguins from a National Aviary expert, and get up close to a member of the colony! This unique opportunity is offered twice daily at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM

Information and Pricing

  • $40 per person
  • 6 years and older. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult over 18 years of age.
  • 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.

More Ways to Get Even Closer to an African Penguin:

  • Private Penguin Feeding: Enter the habitat to hand-feed our colony of African Penguins, touch the penguins slick feathers, and take a one-of-a-kind selfie during this immersive experience! 

Reservation opportunities coming soon. Questions? Please email info@aviary.org

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