This Summer Only: World of Oceans Makes Waves at the National Aviary

There is no shortage of ways to interact with the Aviary's flock of more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species.

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Make a splash this summer when you explore the World of Oceans at the National Aviary! Meet a wide variety of waterbirds as diverse as penguins and flamingos during dynamic daily programs, included with admission. Stroll through immersive habitats and take in the brilliant colors of birds from around the world against lush greenery. Get creative with interactive play spaces — fun for kids and adults — that make your drawings come to life and show underwater creatures responding to your movement.

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Nothing says “waterbird” quite like a penguin. Visit Penguin Point to meet an adorable colony of African Penguins and watch as they waddle by on their way to mealtime during a Penguin Feeding. Or, take a peek at biofacts like penguin feathers up close during an African Penguin Expert Talk. Both activities offer a chance to learn about this fascinating species, its adaptations, and its conservation needs. You’ll also find out how the National Aviary is working to save African Penguins, and how you can help. Feel like you’re swimming alongside penguins in the newly redesigned Penguin Tunnels featuring fun facts and trivia, and opportunities to get nose-to-beak with these waterbirds. Dive deeper into the world of oceans and the penguins that depend on them when you book an Animal Encounter. A Private Penguin Feeding lets you sit on the rocky shores of Penguin Point and hand-feed sustainable fish to the colony.

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This summer, as the National Aviary’s iconic Wetlands habitat is getting some exciting upgrades, there is no shortage of fascinating opportunities to see some Wetlands favorites during your visit. Take a seat in the Helen M. Schmidt FliteZone™ Theater and watch as an American Flamingo struts right by you. A National Aviary expert will help you learn about these flashy birds—including how they get their signature hues!

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Set your focus on waterfowl during a special feeding in the Tropical Rainforest. Ducks, including Marbled Teal, will walk right by you on the deck, as Ruddy Ducks and Buffleheads float and swim in the pond below. You might also see Snowy Egrets, known for their show-stopping plumage, or Masked Lapwings, a long-legged shorebird species with a distinctive look.

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When you visit the National Aviary, you are helping to support the exceptional care the Aviary provides for its flock of more than 500 birds representing more than 150 species. It also supports the work the National Aviary does around the world to save birds, like African Penguins, and protect their habitats. Plan your next adventure by visiting today! Book your tickets now.

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