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“Birds Galore”
Review of National Aviary

National Aviary
Ranked #14 of 183 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Amazing collection of more than 600 exotic and endangered birds from nearly every continent.
Reviewed 11 August 2006

The National Aviary is a wonderful place for families. I thought that the aviary would be bigger than it actually is, but what they lack in size is made up for in variety. There are so many birds, including eagles, parrots, and turkeys, to delight everyone.

You must, however, be on the watch in the free flying rooms for mischevious birds. Look out in the tropical room for three birds that like to sit on top of the information poles and have target practice on anyone that is careless enough to actually want to read about the birds in the room. I was fortunate enough to have narrowly missed the dropping, but had to listen to those birds laugh at me.

One of the best things about the National Aviary is their special events that they hold each day. The one I got to see was the Penguin Premier in which they brought out a live African Penguin. All the children were thrilled beyond belief. Over all the Aviary was an excellent place to spend the afternoon.

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Reviewed 11 May 2006

First some accolades. The National Aviary, located in the history West Park area of Pittsburgh’s North Side, is the only independent, non-profit indoor aviary in the country. This is quite a feat, as in the 90s the city almost voted to shut it down due to budget crunches. A non-profit foundation formed to not only save the Aviary, but rejuvinate it through renovations and the addition of more facilities and a gift shop. The Aviary was one of the first zoo's in the country to exhibit the birds in large free-flight rooms. It also houses an endangered species breeding center.

In addition to just the history behind the Aviary, it's just plan fun education for adults and children alike, and also a nice place for families on a budget to include in their Pittsburgh plans! (Couple it with a baseball game at PNC with outfield seats for around $10!). You can park for free at the Aviary too, and admissionis just a few dollars. I think it was around $6 for us adults and $3 for the kids on our last visit. They also sell family and individual memberships for not much money if you are in Pittsburgh a lot and wish to become a frequent visitor.

There are scheduled lectures on certain birds. The last time we were there they were featuring a few types of owls. That was a big hit with our kids. They brought the owls out on their arms and you could walk right up next to the handlers and get a close up look.

In several of the rooms the birds walk right up to and around you. All told, through the work of some very fine people, Pittsburgh is lucky to still have this wonderful facility, dating back to the 1950s! The site was actually a plant conservancy back in the turn of the century, which burned down, and the city rebuilt it in 1952 adding the birds. Pittsburgh also is the home to the Phipps Conservancy, over in Oakland, and a visit to the Aviary and Phipps would be a wonderful day in Pittsburgh. The Aviary (and Phipps) are open year round.

You should check the Aviary's website, as sometimes they have special shows and events ongoing. On a weekend visit last year there was a very nice dog show on the grounds of the aviary, and we happened to have our lovely dog with us to enjoy that as well.

7  Thank mcgervey
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Harrisburg, PA
Reviewed 10 April 2004

The National Aviary is in a residential neighborhood. Parking is easy, and the Children's Museum is a few blocks away. The Aviary itself is very nice, including large habitat rooms for different natural environments. The plants and birds of that habitat are all around you--not in cages--as you walk through. Don't wear your very best shoes and clothing! Do wear comfortable shoes. There are some caged birds and exhibits in the hallways. It's a manageable size for families with children, and a must-see for bird-watchers.

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