Plan Your Visit

Welcome to the National Aviary!

Enhanced safety protocols and capacity limitations allow visitors to the nation’s bird zoo to get close to a colony of African Penguins, peek in on a new Victoria Crowned Pigeon chick, and relax in the quiet surrounds of the newly renovated Grasslands habitat.

In addition, updates to daily activities allow your visit to the National Aviary to be a memorable experience.

Get Your Timed Tickets to the National Aviary!

National Aviary Members can register through a new member portal here. Instructions on how to sign up for the portal can be found here. Not a Member yet? Sign up here TODAY!

Click here to get your tickets!



Enhanced Safety. Immersive Experience

The National Aviary’s enhanced safety protocols follow best practices and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Allegheny County Health Department. 

Plan Your Visit After Watching the Special Video Message Below!

Immersive Experiences:

  • Explore beautiful habitats, including our newly renovated Grasslands.
  • See how we care for our flock as our dedicated team feeds the birds, maintains their habitats, and provides veterinary care.
  • Get even closer to falcons, owls, sloths, and more, during the experience of a lifetime-an animal encounter.
  • Meet signature species during engaging experiences, including flight demonstrations, like the one below of Clover, the Grey Crowned-crane!


Enhanced Safety: 

  • New timed tickets and extended hours from 9 am to 6 pm allow for more space for you and your group to roam the National Aviary while practicing social distancing.
  • Staff and guests should remain at least 6 feet apart from individuals not in their group. Handy reminders are present throughout the National Aviary.
  • Staff and volunteers will wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.
  • Guests over the age of two are also required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when visiting. Masks will be available for purchase in our gift shop.
  • Hand washing is encouraged and hand sanitization stations are available upon entry and throughout the facility.
  • The National Aviary is performing frequent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces throughout the day.
  • Guests are encouraged to sanitize their hands after touching any high touch point surfaces like door handles. Touch points are identified with signage and disinfected frequently.
  • Employees and volunteers undergo a health screening process including a temperature check before they enter the building every day.
  • Cashless transactions are encouraged, and advance purchase of tickets at is strongly recommended. 
  • Please note that food service is temporarily unavailable. 

If you have questions about current tickets, coupons, or encounters please email If your previously scheduled encounter was affected by our closure, our team will be reaching out to you soon to reschedule!

Register for your next visit here! Questions on timed ticketing or other topics? Visit our Guest Policies (and/or) Frequently Asked Questions PageClick here for hours and admissions information.

Animal Encounters

Each encounter is limited in size to allow for a personal experience and to provide ample space between participant groups. They are guided by our experts, who will share species-specific details and individual stories about the animal ambassador you get to meet! Admission is now included with animal encounters! Click here for more information. 

  • NEW! Falcon Encounter

    Falcons are masters of the sky – and now you can meet one up close! Click here for more information. 

  • NEW! Junior Penguin Encounter

    Animal lovers of all ages can experience the thrill of an up-close visit with an African Penguin with a new Family Penguin Encounter!

    Click here for more information. 

Emergency Care Efforts: Welcome Home Dottie!

Watch this incredible story come full circle: Dottie the African Penguin and her mate, Stanley return home to Penguin Point! 

It is thanks in large part to the continued support of our donors, members, and visitors that we have been able to provide continued high-level care for Dottie, as well as more than 550 birds and mammals who call the National Aviary home. Please consider helping today. Through your donation or membership, we can continue providing for animals at the National Aviary.


Virtual Summer Camp at the National Aviary

Registration now open! If you're looking for educational opportunities for your kids this summer, why not look into the National Aviary's NEW virtual summer camps. Virtual summer camps allow for campers ages 9 to 18 and their families to join in on the fun from all around the world. Camp for kids ages 6-8 is sold out.

Campers will be able to view exclusive live and pre-recorded content, participate in hands-on crafts and activities, and meet some of the National Aviary’s amazing birds – all from the comfort of their own home!

Click here to register.


A Message of Solidarity

The National Aviary’s mission is to inspire respect for nature through an appreciation of birds. Inherent in that mission is respect for one another. We will uphold this mission by taking actions to create a more welcoming and inclusive organization. We will amplify the voices of Black birders, nature enthusiasts, and community members. And, we will create opportunities for our community to get close to nature and the healing elements that it offers during difficult times, as we collectively demand a more equitable future.

As an organization grounded in its commitment to defending the diversity of wildlife and inspiring others to do the same, we recognize the need to defend and uplift our Black guests, colleagues, neighbors, and friends and inspire others to join us. Through listening, learning, and supporting one another, we can create a better future. One without racism, violence, and injustice.



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.