Plan Your Visit

Escape the chilly weather to enjoy holiday lights, daily activities and other special holiday events!

Daily Activities Included with Admission

  • Meet a Bird of Prey – 12 pm at Penguin Point
    Meet a mysterious creature and learn all about the unique adaptations of owls, hawks, and other birds of prey from an expert!

  • Interactive Story Time – 11:30 am 
    Help guide a young Screech Owl home in this Interactive Puppet Show!

Fly like a pterosaur on Birdly®

You’re in control as you fly like a pterosaur through Jurassic Times on Birdly®, our full body flight simulator! Flap your arms to pick up speed and feel the wind in your hair as you soar past dinosaurs! Book at a Visitor’s Service desk when visiting the National Aviary.

Special Holiday Events at the National Aviary

  • Holiday Lights and Late Nights - Thanksgiving weekend and Wednesdays before Christmas | Open until 9 pm
    Included with admission.
    Escape the chilly weather and spend a very merry evening exploring our lush, tropical habitats, where you’ll get close to feathered friends in our free-flying rooms. Music, a cash bar with festive cocktails, and seasonal café offerings for purchase from Atria’s make for a cozy evening as you take in the sights and sounds of the National Aviary at night.

  • Brunch with Santa - Sunday, December 8 | 10:30 am & 12:30 pm
    Price: Members: $39 for adults, $19.50 for children. Nonmembers: $44 for adults, $22 for children. Children 3 & under free.
    Santa invites you to an extra special holiday brunch! Enjoy a host of delectable brunch items from Atria’s, served buffet-style. Reservations include general admission to the National Aviary, a special bird appearance, a children’s craft, and photos with Santa and a penguin. Call 412-258-9445 to register.

  • Photos with Santa and a Penguin - November 30 & December 7, 14, 21 | 11 am - 1 pm
    Included with admission.
    Get your wish list and cameras ready... Santa is coming to the National Aviary! Saturdays before Christmas, visitors will have the opportunity to take photos with Santa and a penguin!


Holiday Gift Giving

  • Find the perfect gift this holiday season at the National Aviary! Find locally hand-crafted items in our gift shop, give the gift of membership, and buy gifts you don't have to wrap! Click here for amazing gift opportunities. 

  • Receive a $15 Gift Certificate when you spend $75 or more! The gift certificate can be used for future gift shop purchases, admission, interactive experiences, feedings, encounters, and membership. Stop by the National Aviary gift shop to start shopping! Admission not required to shop. Members always receive a 10% discount on gift shop items.

  • Year-long Celebration of 25 RADical Years – 25th day of each month
    In celebration of the Allegheny Regional Asset District’s (RAD) 25th Year and the significant support they have provided to the National Aviary through the years, we are pleased to offer special activities, prizes or discounts for visitors on the 25th day of each month!
    • On Monday, November 25th, guests will receive 25% off purchases in the National Aviary gift shop! Admission not required to shop.


Holiday Camps

Spend the holidays with the African Penguins! Help prepare breakfast for the National Aviary’s colony of penguins, attend a private feeding, and learn what makes these endangered birds so special. Camp includes a close-up encounter with one of our penguins. Gift certificates are available, and they make a great holiday gift! Click here to register today.

Bette the Penguin: An Amazing Story

PLEASE NOTE: The National Aviary is NOT an allergen-free facility, as many of our birds’ diets include nuts, seeds, and other potential human allergens.