In the late nineteenth century, Pittsburgh's first plant conservatory was established on this site until it was destroyed by a natural gas explosion in the late 1920's. In 1952, the conservatory was rebuilt by the City of Pittsburgh and opened with the addition of birds to the indoor gardens. In 1968, the Aviary-Conservatory's largest exhibit, a walkthrough tropical marsh and six other exhibits were constructed which doubled the size of the institution. The Aviary was one of the first zoos to present its collection in free-flight rooms and natural exhibits with over 25,000 square feet of space. In the 1980's, the Aviary began to evolve its focus toward wildlife conservation by beginning the captive breeding of rare and endangered birds.
Other Wildlife Viewing nearby:
(Avella) Firethorn Farm
(Pittsburgh) Four Hawks Farm
(Washington) Maple Lane Llamas
(Pittsburgh) National Aviary
(Wheeling) Oglebay's Good Zoo
10/28 Coming to The Pittsburgh area
The Big Tap-In Real Craft Beer Festival Boardman OH April20 The biggest craft beer fest between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
West Virginia Strawberry Festival Buckhannon WV May15-19 The Festival is a unique, traditional celebration to promote the strawberry harvest. Enthusiastic volunteers provide good, family style entertainment that offers exciting educational and cultural events for everyone.
Italian American Summer Festival Berea OH June28-30 Bocce tournament, dancing with live entertainment at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
Mountainfest Morgantown WV July24-28
Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival Wheeling WV July26-28 Bocce tournament, pasta exhibit, wine competition, entertainment.
Greater Youngstown Italian Fest Youngstown OH August2-4 The fest is a family-oriented event that offers a taste of the Italian heritage through performances by international recording artists, delicious food offered by the area’s finest vendors and restaurants, Italian games and more.