Summer at the National Aviary


Experience something incredible this summer!

Fly like a bird in a new, full-body flight simulator, mingle with baby flamingos, make a splash with penguins, hang out with a sloth and so much more.

Make your visit to the one-and-only National Aviary unforgettable with these new experiences:
  • Mingle with Baby Flamingos! 
    You can see adorable flamingo chicks up-close during daily flamingo chick talks. Get even closer during interactive chick encounters. Plus, visit adult flamingos in the Wetlands.
  • Birdly® by SOMNIACS - flights available daily | 10 am - 5 pm
    You’re in control with this full-body simulator! Dive between skyscrapers and feel the wind in your hair as you dip and turn or glide peacefully above Central Park.
  • Private Penguin Feeding - Daily at 1pm or 4pm
    Put on boots and hip-waders and enter Penguin Point with our aviculturist. You’ll learn from the expert how to hand-feed African Penguins. Then, try feeding a penguin yourself!


Join the flock for special events throughout the summer:
  • Sloth Brunch - 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 coloring for children and plenty of entrees designed for adult palates, this is a perfect brunch for every member of the family. 
    Can't get enough of Valentino? Book a Sloth Encounter. You’ll have the opportunity to touch the sloth, feed the sloth, and take photos of this memorable experience.
  • Oktoberfest - September 7 | 6:30 pm
    Kick off Oktoberfest with authentic German fare prepared by chef Josef Karst of Atria's. Enjoy live music, and indulge in German-Style brews from Straub (available for an additional fee). You can even meet a penguin up-close, and explore the National Aviary’s at night! 
  • Penguin Painting - September 10 | 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! 
  • Autumn Birding Adventure - September 30 | 7 am
    Join National Aviary ornithologist, Bob Mulvihill, on this bird watching day trip for all ages and experience levels!  Bob will introduce you to some of the best fall birding destinations within 50 miles of downtown Pittsburgh, and among the hundred or so species of birds that you may see will be warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and waterfowl.


Find One-of-a-Kind Gifts and Souvenirs!
  • Maker Challenge - Local Art featuring the National Aviary's most popular animals is available for purchase in our eclectic gift shop. Visit to discover beautiful pieces for your home and thoughtful gifts for friends and family.