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!

  • Flutters & Flights - September 13 from 6:30 pm - 10 pm
    Make of the most of the end of summer at this brand new pairing event at the National Aviary!

  • 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.


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!
  • Hawk Mountain Adventure - October 5 - 7
    Join National Aviary ornithologist Bob Mulvihill on this autumn adventure! No birding experience required - this is a trip perfect for nature lovers! 
  • Oktoberfest - October 18 from 6:30 - 10 pm
    Celebrate Oktoberfest with authentic German fare prepared by chef Josef Karst of Atria's!

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!