I didn’t know the National Aviary existed until my children started researching things we should do and see on our Pennsylvania road trip. My daughter and I both like birds and so we were happy to find this fabulous place. There are over 600 birds there. It’s not a traditional zoo-almost everything is inside, and it’s small enough to manage in two to three hours. We signed up and paid for some of the special events, but even if you don’t want to do those, make sure you are there for the wetlands feeding, the flight of the macaws and the dove release.
The extras we did were the sky deck to see and learn about lanner falcons and vultures and the flamingo encounter. The flamingos were especially fascinating. The aviary does this program because they have three flamingos they had to hand raise, and these three are willing to approach people. Th other flamingos in the exhibit just ignored us. Shoelaces were quite fascinating to one of the birds. It was amazing to be able to get so close to so many birds.