National Aviary

Since its opening in 1952 (as a family recreation facility), the National Aviary has evolved into a center advocating the principles of education, conservation and research. It has an extensive collection of live birds in various settings.It is America's largest aviary and has been accorded honorary "National" status by the United States Congress. The National Aviary is home to over 600 birds of more than 200 species, many of which are threatened or endangered in the wild.Visitors can enjoy some terrific interactive elements, including "Penguin Connection", a private encounter with an African Penguin; "Penguin & Me", a penguin encounter for toddlers and parents; "Wings Of The World", a free-flight, outdoor bird show; and the bird-feeding adventure "Lories & Friends". These programs are joined by various trainer talks, bird presentations, feedings and encounters that help to create an immersive experience for aviary visitors.The National Aviary is located in West Park, part of a chain of parks on the city's North Side.