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, unveiled in July!

Make your visit to the one-and-only National Aviary unforgettable with these new experiences:
  • The Butterfly Garden is Back! - 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.

  • Sloth Encounter - call to schedule your encounter!
    Meet our adorable, furry resident. See Vivien up close, take photos, feed her, have the opportunity to touch her fur, and learn all about sloths!


Check out what's new:

  • Witness the Transformation of the Tropical Rainforest!
    The exciting renovation of the Tropical Rainforest will be completed in July! You can look into the habitat to see our progress as we replace over 3,000 panes of glass, construct a 15 foot waterfall, and prepare for new species! Canary's Call is open.
  • 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!
  • Night in the Tropics - July 21 at 7 pm 
    Join the National Aviary for a vintage summer beach party at our 16th Annual Night in the Tropics! Sip specialty cocktails and sample delicious food from more than 30 of Pittsburgh's favorite restaurants, all included with your ticket!
  • 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.  
  • Vivien's Rainforest Brunch - August 19 at 10:30 am or 12 pm
    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.
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 pre-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!