Summer at the National Aviary


Experience something incredible this summer!

Fly like a bird in a new virtual reality simulator, hang out with a sloth, mingle with flamingos, make a splash with penguins, and so much more.

Make your visit to the one and only National Aviary unforgettable with these new experiences:

  • Birdly® by SOMNIACS - flights available daily | 10 am - 5 pm
    Have you ever dreamed of flying? Make your dream a virtual reality. This full-body, bird flight simulation experience allows you to fly like a bird through New York City.
  • Private Penguin Feeding - Daily at 1pm or 4pm
    Put on boots and hip-waders and enter the exhibit alongside our aviculturist. You’ll learn from the expert how to hand-feed our African Penguins. Then, try feeding a penguin yourself!


Join the flock for special events throughout the summer:

  • Fleury Appreciation Day! - June 30
    Join our colony of African Penguins for a special celebration in appreciation of Marc Andre Fleury and his contributions to Pittsburgh! Special guest appearance by Iceburgh!
  • Night in the Tropics - July 8 | 7 pm - 11 pm
    Travel around the equator at our 15th Annual Night in the Tropics! Indulge in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the tropics.  Celebrate the diversity of our remarkable birds and enjoy global entertainment! Get tickets for the July 8th event now!
  • Penguin Painting - July 9 & August 13 | 3 pm
    The National Aviary's talented African Penguins paint with their feet, giving guests a chance to take home an artistic masterpiece in our Penguin Painting program! 
  • Sloth Brunch - July 23 & August 20
    Join Valentino the sloth for brunch exclusively prepared by Atria’s! Dine in the National Aviary's historic, blooming Rose Garden with everyone's favorite Two-toed Sloth. With activities for children and plenty of entrees designed for adult palates, this is a perfect brunch for every member of the family. 
  • Penguins in Pajamas - August 13
    Come dressed in your favorite pajamas and catch a movie with our coolest residents, the African Penguins! Explore the Aviary after hours and keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to personally meet some of our penguin colony. Before you say goodnight, help us put the penguins to bed with a story. Sponsored by Trib Total Media