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National Aviary Visit

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.

_LG26637 4x6Picturesque Lake Elizabeth

_LG26638 4x6Lake Elizabeth with some of Pittsburgh’s skyline in the background

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Soldiers’ Monument

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.

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The Greek figure of Fame tops the Soldiers’ Monument.

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!

The Rubber Duck

On Friday, September 27, a 40-foot-tall rubber duck floated into Pittsburgh waterways.  The giant rubber duck, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, marked the beginning of the Pittsburgh Festival of Firsts.  The giant rubber duck is the creation of artist Florentijn Hofman, of the Netherlands.  Hofman’s rubber ducks of differing dimensions have appeared in places such as Hong Kong, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam.  Pittsburgh’s duck is the first in the United States.  Pittsburgh’s giant rubber duck left Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 20.

Bob and I spent the night of October 19 in the Pittsburgh area.  We visited family members both on Saturday and Sunday.  We visited Point State Park on Sunday morning.  It was our first visit to Point State Park, and it took the opportunity to see a duck to get us there!

The duck was on the Allegheny River.

Fort Duquesne Bridge is in the background.

Bob and I and the giant rubber duck

The fountain at Point State Park is at the head of the Ohio River.  You can see Heinz Field directly behind the fountain and the rubber duck at the far right side of the fountain.

 

Heinz Field, home to the Pittsburgh Steelers

Goodbye Giant Rubber Duck.
I am happy that Bob and I had the pleasure of seeing you.

Weekend in Pittsburgh – Visit to Zoo, Day 2

This past Saturday, March 27, Bob and I visited the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium with my brother, Jim, and some members of his family. Bob and I arrived at the zoo around 9:50 AM. Jim, Judy, Kaleb and Anna arrived about an hour later. Jim and Judy’s son, Jared, joined us about 30 minutes later.

Jim and Judy with their grandchildren, Kaleb and Anna at entrance to zoo

I am so happy that Jim and Judy brought Kaleb and Anna to the zoo. It was great spending time with them and seeing the zoo through their eyes. By the way, did you know every animal in the zoo is called “doggie”? That’s how Anna referred to each animal that we saw. Both Kaleb and Anna behaved well at the zoo. There were two things about the zoo, however, that Anna did not like — the escalator and a glass cleaner inside the aquarium.

You have to ride an elevator or go up this big escalator to get to the main zoo area.

 

Judy, Jim, Kaleb and Anna on escalator
Anna did not like riding the escalator.  She cried the whole way up to the zoo.

Large floor to ceiling aquarium

Inside one of the large floor to ceiling aquariums was this person who was cleaning the glass. This person frightened Anna when he waved at her. Anna cried and wouldn’t stop until we left the aquarium. I was carrying Anna as we left the aquarium. She kept looking behind her as we walked. I wonder if Anna was making sure that scuba-clad person wasn’t following her?

We had a great time at the zoo and hope to visit again someday.

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