Shows, Feedings & Encounters

Get even closer to the National Aviary animals with these incredible experiences. Learn about our various species, their diets and their natural behaviors.


Daily Feedings

Join us as we feed the flock.  Attendance to any of these exciting feedings is included with admission. Additional fees may apply to participate - proceeds support the care and feeding of the National Aviary's flock!

  • Wetlands Bird Feeding | Daily at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
    in the Wetlands Habitat
  • Lorikeet Feeding | Daily at 11:30 am, 2:00 pm & 4:00 pm
    in Canary's Call presented by Dollar Bank
  • Aracari Feeding | Daily at 12:00 pm
    in the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone Theater
  • Baby Sloth Talk | Daily at 12:30 pm
    in Penguin Point
  • Penguin Feeding | Daily at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
    in Penguin Point
  • Penguin Chick Talk | Daily at 2:00 pm
    at the Avian Care Center Window
  • Tropical Forest Feeding | Daily at 2:45 pm
    in the Tropical Rainforest
  • Bat Feeding | Daily at 3:15 pm
    in Canary's Call presented by Dollar Bank

View our daily schedule for details on each feeding. 


Free-Flight Bird Show: Bird Brains

Daily 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone™ Theater
Except for Tuesdays when our birds are resting.

Test your bird intelligence quotient with this new, limited time show! Watch colorful parrots compete in an obstacle course, and see a Hooded Vulture tackle puzzles. You’ll be in awe of our clever crow, majestic owl and adorable penguin as they each demonstrate their uniquely adapted intelligence.

Tickets are available at the visitor service desk and gift shop for $5.


Interactive Encounters

Don’t miss these one-of-a-kind opportunities to get even closer to the animals at the National Aviary. Each encounter is limited in size to ensure a personal experience. They are guided by our expert trainers who will show you how to interact with the animal and teach you all about their unique species.

  • NEW! Armadillo - Daily at 2:30 pm | $40 per person
  • Sloth - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am | $150 per person
  • Bird of Prey - Daily at 3:00 pm | $75 per person
  • Owl - Daily at 3:00 pm | $75 per person
  • Penguin Encounter - Daily at 11:00 am & 2:30 pm | $40 per person
  • Penguin Painting - Monthly, call 412-258-9445 for dates. | $40 per person

General admission rates also apply for non-members. National Aviary members always receive free general admission.

Immersive Experiences

These highly interactive and personalized opportunities allow you to experience the National Aviary Animals alongside an animal care expert. Both experiences are designed for small groups of two - four to enjoy exclusive, up-close interactions with our incredible birds, and behind-the-scenes adventures. Advanced reservation required.

  • VIP Experience - Get the star treatment with this half-day experience, customized just for you. | $300 per person or $500 for 2 people (groups of 2 or more receive a $50 discount per person!)
  • Trainer For A Day -Spend a full day with a National Aviary trainer and learn what it takes to care for our flock. | $275 per person or or $450 for 2 people 

Book an unforgettable experience today! Call 412-258-9445 for details.