NEW! Penguin Encounter

Have you ever wanted to meet an African Penguin?

Now you can for just $44 per person!
Member Price: $39.60
Includes General Admission
Ages 6+
This unique opportunity is offered twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Mingle with one of our most recognizable birds during this popular interactive program! 

Immersive Experience

  • Sit in a semi-circle (appropriately distanced from those not in your party) and watch as an African Penguin waddles up to you to enjoy a tasty treat (Fish!)
  • Meet one of the National Aviary’s penguin experts and hear cool stories about these tuxedoed birds, from how much of their favorite fish they can eat to colony stories at Penguin Point. 
  • Get the chance to touch and feel the penguin’s waterproof back feathers.
  • Don’t forget to have your family member or friend snap a photo of your personal experience; or grab a selfie!
  • Ask questions! Our animal care experts are happy to share information about penguins in the wild, as well as answer questions about the individual birds at the National Aviary and their distinct personalities.
Video taken prior to 2020

Enhanced Safety

  • Each Animal Encounter is limited in size to allow for a personal experience and to provide ample space between participant groups. 
  • Seating is separated by 6 feet for individuals and families not in the same group.
  • Guests are provided with hand sanitizer before and after any animal interactions.
  • The National Aviary is performing frequent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces throughout the day.
  • Please visit our COVID Information page for policy updates.
Book Your Encounter Here

Additional Information

  • This one-of-a-kind experience is designed for those 6 years and older. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult over 18 years of age. For younger kids, try our Junior Penguin Encounter.
  • Advance registration guarantees your experience. Same-day registration based on program availability and cannot be guaranteed.  
  • At the National Aviary, we give our animals the choice to participate in interactive experiences with caring guests, like you! If our animal ambassador needs a day of rest, we will contact you to reschedule your encounter, as the comfort and safety of our animals and our guests is always our top priority. Thank you for understanding.

Email info@aviary.org or call 412-258-9445 for more information or with questions.

In The News

See All News

Aviary Volunteer’s Work Highlighted in AZA Photo Contest | National Aviary News

Meghan Adams's photo of a Brown Pelican was featured in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Photo Contest.

Read More »

December fun calendar: Lots to do in the Beaver Valley & beyond | Beaver County Times

Holidays in the Garden opens December 26 at the National Aviary.

Read More »

Take a look at how Pittsburgh’s National Aviary prepares custom meals for nearly 500 animals daily | WPXI - NBC Pittsburgh

Take an inside look at how the National Aviary prepares those meals for our favorite pals.

Read More »

Ultimate Gift Guide | Made in PGH

Give the gift of unforgettable experiences with memberships to cultural institutions like the National Aviary.

Read More »

AZA Accreditation Commission Grants Accreditation to 22 Facilities, including National Aviary | National Aviary News

The National Aviary is proud to receive accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA); we have maintained continuous accreditation since 1984.

Read More »