WHAT: Tropical Rainforest Grand Reopening
WHERE: National Aviary
WHEN: Opens July 13 at noon

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. At noon on Friday following a ribbon-cutting, your family can be among the first to see the newly renovated Tropical Rainforest.

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.