Summer at the National Aviary

Experience something incredible this summer!

Socialize with butterflies, fly to new heights with SOAR!, make a splash with penguins, hang out with Vivien the sloth, and so much more. Plus, don't miss the exciting transformation of the Tropical Rainforest habitat, now open!

Make your visit to the one-and-only National Aviary unforgettable with these new experiences:
  • NEW Tropical Rainforest - Now Open!
    See the stunning transformation of this immersive free-flight habitat with 3,146 panes of bird-friendly glass, a brand new 15-foot waterfall, new bird species, tropical plants, and more!

  • Butterfly Garden - daily from 11 am - 4 pm
    Butterflies will flutter all around you in this immersive habitat! Hand-feed them, take amazing photos, and learn about the incredible migration routes of butterflies, their important role in the ecosystem, and how to transform your backyard into a butterfly haven.

  • Amazing Amazon - daily at 11 am & 1:30 pm
    Visit the National Aviary’s newly renovated Helen M. Schmidt FliteZoneTM Theater! Meet our new Toco Toucan, marvel at a Southern Three-banded Armadillo, make friends with Valentino the sloth, and be mesmerized by colorful macaws.

  • Soar! - daily at 12 pm & 2:30 pm (weather permitting)
    See stunning birds of prey at their best as they soar over West Park demonstrating their natural hunting prowess.


Check out what's new:

  • Private Penguin Feeding - Daily at 1 pm or 4 pm (weather permitting)
    Put on boots and hip-waders and enter Penguin Point alongside one of the National Aviary’s aviculturists. You’ll learn how to hand-feed our African Penguins then feed them yourself!
  • Penguins & Pajamas - August 16 at 5 pm
    Come dressed in your favorite pajamas and catch a movie with our coolest residents, the African Penguins.
  • Falconry - The Sport of Kings! - August 18 at 10 am
    Join the National Aviary’s certified falconer, Cathy Schlott, to discover the history, practices, and theories behind the unique sport of falconry.  
  • National Honeybee Day - August 18, 11 am - 2 pm
    Help celebrate National Honeybee Day by visiting Burgh Bees at the National Aviary.  Learn how bees fit into the world of pollinators and how you can help our pollinators thrive.
  • Vivien's Rainforest Brunch - August 19 at 10:30 am or 12 pm SOLD OUT
    Celebrate the reopening of the new Tropical Rainforest at a delicious brunch prepared exclusively by Atria's! Enjoy visits from your favorite rainforest residents as you dine.
  • Vivien's First Birthday Party - August 22 from 11 am - 1 pm
    You're invited! Join us on August 22, and you can decorate her birthday card, make a fun sloth craft, see the adorable birthday girl up-close, and enjoy a sweet treat (while supplies last).
  • Open Labor Day - September 3 from 10 am - 5 pm
    Spend your long weekend with us! We are open on Labor Day from 10 am - 5 pm
  • Flutters & Flights - September 13 from 6:30 pm - 10 pm
    Bid farewell to summer at this brand new pairing event at the National Aviary!
Find One-of-a-Kind Gifts and Souvenirs!
  • Own a Piece of National Aviary History - Meeghan Triggs, artist and owner of Atelier Fused Glass and Mosaics, has turned the original 1952 window panes from the Tropical Rainforest into exquisite glass art. These rare items are extremely limited in quantity. Call 412-258-9445 or stop by a Visitor Services desk to order your piece of National Aviary history!

  • Maker Challenge - Local Art featuring the National Aviary's most popular animals is available for purchase in our gift shop. Visit to discover beautiful pieces for your home and thoughtful gifts for friends and family. We feature a new Maker every month, so check back often to see what's new!

Celebrate Year of the Bird!

Check out how we are celebrating the anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act each month, and how you can join in!