Plan Your Visit

Living Dinosaurs presented by Peoples!

This Summer Only! Experience birds in an exciting new way– as the living descendants of dinosaurs! Explore independently, or join our daily tour to see birds up-close and learn about the distinguishing traits that birds and dinosaurs share. See real dinosaur fossils, touchable replicas, life-sized pterosaur sculptures, and realistic dinosaur models. Snap a photo with a velociraptor; meet a feathered baby T-Rex; and fly like a pterosaur through Jurassic times with Birdly®, a full body flight simulator. Kids can have hands-on fun with a fossil puzzle, costumes, life-sized play nests, dig pits, games, crafts, and a reading nook. 

The National Aviary’s large walk-through habitats create an immersive experience unlike any other – an intimate interaction between visitors and free-flying birds, including opportunities to handfeed and meet many species from all over the world!  Click here for our latest hours and admissions information.


See what’s new and make the most of your visit to the National Aviary:

Enjoy daily activities and experiences included with admission:
  • Dino Discovery Camp – 10 am - 4 pm
    Explore dig pits, play in life-size egg nests, put on pterosaur wings, and more!
  • Ty's Storytime – 11 am
    Enjoy storytime in the Rose Garden with a very special appearance from Ty, a feathered baby T-Rex!
  • Paleo Play - 12 pm - 12:30 pm
    Make your very own clay fossil craft that you get to take home or take part in fun activities in the Rose Garden!

  • Fossils & Feathers Tour - 3 pm
    Follow along with a guided tour through the National Aviary where you will learn the traits that birds share with dinosaurs!
Make your visit to the one-and-only National Aviary unforgettable with these special events and immersive experiences:
  • Tail Feather Tailgate – Wednesdays: June 19, July 3 & 24, August 7 & 21 | Open until 8 pm.
    Spend the evening with your family in our habitats and see amazing birds. Win prizes, play lawn games, and listen to music. Grab dinner at Atria's or the hot dog cart - don't forget a refreshing drink from the cash bar after 5 pm! Going to the Pittsburgh Pirates game? Get an exclusive $10 discount on game tickets, and buy a parking pass with admission to conveniently park in our lot and walk to the game.
  • 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!

  • NEW Flighted Bird of Prey Encounter – Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00 pm
    Two of the National Aviary's striking birds of prey can fly to you in this brand new, exhilarating encounter.

One-of-a-kind Gifts:
  • Living Dinosaurs Merchandise
    To coincide with Living Dinosaurs, you can now purchase new and exciting games, puzzles, activities, and apparel in our gift shop. Admission not required to shop!

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.