National Aviary
National Aviary

WHAT: Tropical Rainforest Grand Reopening
WHERE: National Aviary
WHEN: Permanent display

Why You Should Go:

It’s certainly felt tropical in Pittsburgh with the record rainfall, but now you can experience the sights and sounds of environs much closer to the equator at the National Aviary.

After opening with a ribbon-cutting event, the newly renovated Tropical Rainforest is now open to the public as part of the Aviary’s permanent exhibitions.

Underneath a 19,600-square-foot, avian-friendly glass dome, you’ll encounter a 15-foot waterfall, 400 plants and 80-plus birds playing and bathing. Don’t miss the extinct-in-the wild Guam Rails, endangered Palm Cockatoos, Southern Bald Ibis, Laughing Thrushes and many more.

As part of a $1.2 million project, the lush habitat boasts tropical cacao and coffee trees, custom-made perches, conservation features and energy-saving improvements.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...