We went on a day trip this past Saturday. We left our home in Warren, PA around 7:00 am and arrived at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA at 9:45 am. We found parking easily outside the West Entrance to the Aviary. Parking cost $5.00. We decided to walk around to the East Entrance, as we had a 15-minute wait before the doors would open. The regular admission fee to the aviary is $14.00 ($13.00 for seniors 60 years of age and older); however, our Erie Zoo membership afforded us admittance at 50% off those rates.
According to a Wikipedia article, the National Aviary is America’s largest aviary and the only one accorded honorary “National” status by the United States Congress. The aviary is home to more than 500 birds of more than 150 species, many of which are threatened or endangered in the wild. It has one of the most diverse collections in North America (exceeding, for example, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and Bird Kingdom in Niagara Falls, Canada).
We enjoyed our first visit to the National Aviary very much. There are three free-flight exhibit areas: Grasslands, Tropical Rainforest and Wetlands. Bob participated in one of the bird feedings in the Wetlands exhibit area. We watched the Wings in Winter Holiday Show. The 20-minute show counted down eight popular Christmas songs, with lyrics specific to the variety of birds that flew over our heads or appeared up close and personal center stage. Photography was not permitted during the show. The Wings in Winter Holiday Show cost an additional $5.00 each, which was not discounted. The Aviary has several other exhibit areas in addition to the three free-flight exhibits. Those exhibit areas include Canary’s Call, Cloud Forest, Condor Court, Eagle Hall, and Penguin Point.
I put together a slideshow of some of the National Aviary occupants. Enjoy!
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The National Aviary sits within the Allegheny Commons, the oldest park in Pittsburgh. We departed the Aviary around 12:20 pm and walked across Lake Elizabeth, also located in the park, to check out a monument that we could see from the Aviary grounds.
The Soldiers’ Monument honors the Battles of Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Antietam and Appomattox and the four thousand Allegheny County soldiers who died in the Civil War.
We began our drive back home around 12:45 pm. Our afternoon trip took longer than our morning trip, as we stopped for lunch and stayed off Interstate I-79 for a short time. U.S. Route 19 was slow going, so we opted to hop back on the interstate. We returned home around 5:00 pm.
The National Aviary exhibits were great over all! We enjoyed our short walk through Allegheny Commons as well. I hope to make a return visit some day!