Fly on Birdly

The Ultimate Dream of Flying!

This exhilarating flight simulation experience allows you to fly like a bird through New York City! Flap your arms to pick up speed and feel the wind in your hair as you soar past skyscrapers! This is the closest you will ever get to flying like a bird! Motors and actuators tilt and dip your body in response. The sensory-motor coupling essentially tricks the brain. Between the motion, wind, sound and visuals, you are effectively flying! A large monitor allows spectators to witness what you're experiencing.

Book today!

Cost: $3 per flight + general admission for non-members. National Aviary members always receive free general admission.

Stop by a Visitors Services Desk when you visit the National Aviary to book your rare bird flight!

Availability for this unique and exhilarating experience is limited, and flights are booked in ten minute increments with two people per ten minutes.

Please note these important guidelines to ensure your safety and comfort:

  • To operate Birdly®, participants will align their arms with the machine's "wings." The rider's "wingspan" (distance from finger tip to finger tip) must be at least 50".
  • Weight capacity is 395 lbs.
  • Skirts and dresses are not recommended, as participants will climb aboard and lie down (in a flight position) on the simulator.
  • If you have a pacemaker, experience seizures, have limited mobility, or have any medical condition that could pose a risk to your health while flying on Birdly, please do not participate. Consult with your physician if you have questions.
  • Experiences are booked in ten minute timed increments with two people per ten minutes. Participants must arrive at the Birdly® exhibit ten minutes before their scheduled flight. Late arrival may result in cancellation. Refunds will not be granted.
  • Fly at your own risk.
Rent Birdly for your private event!
Birdly hourly package Number of Riders Event rate
2 hour package up to 36 riders $500
3 hour package up to 54 riders $700
4 hour package up to 72 riders $900

Contact our Events Coordinator directly at: or 412-258-9436

For general information about Birdly or the National Aviary, call 412-323-7235.