We were able to tour Tracy Aviary for the first time! (Well, for me.) Brittney has been there multiple times, but for some reason, I hadn't. In my mind, I had envisioned this little place with a few birds that was "okay" to visit. Man, I was COMPLETELY wrong. Tracy Aviary is right in the middle of Liberty park, with 8 acres covered with big shady trees.
Since it was my first time everything was very magical. So I've put together a list of things you've got to do at Tracy Aviary!
Feed the Sun Conures
Our first stop was to feed the Sun Conures. (Check out dates and time here.) I was a little concerned about my littles being able to handle this. We were warned that a Sun Conure might land on our head! We decided to hang back and watch one group to see how it all went.
After feeling safe, we decided we were a go!
Brittney's kids LOVED it.
The Sun Conures are quite loud and friendly. Some of the birds would fly right to your cup.
While our bird friend only landed for a second (because we moved) my kids didn't mind. It was really fun watching everyone nearby feed the birds.
If the birds are feeling too shy, one of the workers would help bring one down and place the bird on your cup.
"Tracy Aviary inspires curiosity and caring for birds and nature through education and conservation." The Aviary is basically on big beautiful playground. I mean, see this giant log? All the kids wanted to do was play and slide down the tree.
We had to pull them away just to get this fun picture
Everyone of all ages loved the tree. Even my little 2 year climbed up and down.
The whole time I kept thinking of the quote "And the tree was happy." from Shel Silverstein's book The Giving Tree. If you haven't read it, be sure you do, it's such a good book!
It really did cause sadness to leave the tree, but luckily, there is much to see! Everywhere you look there is some kind of path, rock path, stepping stone path or sidewalk. You just feel encouraged to explore the grounds all around.
Most of the area is stroller friendly. There are some dirt trails we took but it was easily handled.
We were able to tour the behind the scenes of the Bird Hospital. Between meeting the Vet and see the new LEED Certified building, we could see they want what's best for each bird. So rest assured, these animals are well cared for.
Be sure to check out the Flamingos and their new pink solar trees. Look at their eyes too...they are pretty intense birds.
Outdoor Bird Show
Be sure to schedule your visit around the Outdoor Bird Show.
We couldn't believe how smart some of these birds are.
Some birds would swoop down right by your head.
There is not shade, so be prepared for a little sun on your back.
Apparently, the Scarlett Macaw bird is the smartest bird at Tracy Aviary. We were told that if you bend over while he's going over your head, he'll just swoop down even lower, because he knows your trying to avoid him.
This show was probably the highlight. You could hear "oooos" and "ahhhs" all the time. I had to step out because my 2 year old was getting fussy. Even from the sidelines it was super fun to watch.
They have these cages WAY up high and on the other side of the park and the big birds just come swooping down to the rocks.
Seriously, so cool. This show is free with admission.
Even during the winter they have a Bird Show. It's not outside, but they have an indoor theater. Brittney says it's one of her favorite places in the winter for this reason!
This building is one of the newest exhibits at Tracy Aviary.
It's an indoor Rainforest and it actually rains! (Check times here.)
Be prepared for some humidity too.
Keep your eyes out for all the different kinds of birds. I was kind of surprised to see an owl in the Rainforest, but I guess they do live everywhere.
At 5:30 on Mondays you can release some lady bugs. (Free) The lady bugs help keep the aphids population down in the Rainforest.
We were glad to oblige.
It's fun learning about the Rainforest and checking out the lady bugs super close. Little Aiko thought this was the coolest part. Even as you walked out of the building, you'll find ladybugs all over.
Sheesh, I keep saying this was soo cool and that...but really, everything was amazing. The kids also loved going up the tree house in Owl Forest. It's super shady and the perfect spot to sit and cool off.
It seemed like everywhere you went there were picnic tables and places to sit. Right next to Kind of the Andes is a giant teepee.
Next time we are packing a lunch and going straight to the teepee for lunch.
This place would be perfect to come with a book and do some reading.
The Bald Eagles were quite active too. One brought a stick and climbed up a giant log. Was it making a big nest?
At random times, you can see birds and their handlers out and about at the park. At first I thought maybe this bird had gotten loose. Come to find out, it was just playtime.
This peacock was also out roaming around. I'd never actually seen a peacock so close with the feathers all displayed. It was HUGE! It didn't seem to mind us walking around.
I'm sure by now this cute little secret hiding place will be all leafy and green. The kids loved having their own little place with tiny chairs. It makes me really want to build one in my yard.
I've always loved birds. When we'd go camping as kids I'd sit and read my little bird book (like this one) so I could identify all the birds. I love how they come in all sorts of different sizes and colors.
You can also volunteer at Tracy Aviary, not just with the birds but also to do some gardening. When the kids get older I totally want to enroll them in a "Trainer for a Day" or maybe even have a birthday party here. There is so much more to Tracy Aviary than
This place isn't just for the birds, it's a place for us to connect with nature and appreciate the beautiful world.
We want you to be able to experience Tracy Aviary too! we've got 6 tickets to giveaway to one person. Plus, we've got some super cool Salt Lake City Passports created by Tava Adventures that include a bird scavenger hunt at Tracy Aviary. The giveaway ends this Saturday at Midnight.
- Visit Tava Adventures website and leave a comment below about why you'd want to visit Tracy Aviary.
- More entries available on The Salt Project's Instagram Account.
- 2 FOR 1 ADMISSION at the Tracy Aviary! Click HERE for coupon link.
- Free Parking
- Plan for at least a half day
- Picnic Tables everywhere
- Be sure to stop by the Gift Shop
- Stroller Friendly
- Wheelchair Friendly.
- Be sure to check out the schedule beforehand.
- Birthday Parties
- Volunteer Opportunities
We have never been...my kids would love it!
I have always wanted to go to Tracy Avairy! My boys would love that place!
Tracy aviary look like a great place that ALL three of my kids (ages 9, 7, and 4) would enjoy!
haven't been to Tracy Aviary in a very long time.....only my first child has been there and that have been years. would love to take all the kiddos!!!
My 3 year old would LOVE this!!! She's obsessed with all animals right now! I think my whole family would enjoy this! :)
I'd love to check out their solar panels.
My kids have loved it each time we've gone. There's just something about birds that gets them excited
Would love to check out the outdoor bird show with my 3 & 6 yr olds!
We've only been once, but I didn't realize how much there was to do there! My littles would love this. And thanks for sharing the passports. What a fun idea!
my kids love animals - this would be a blast for them.
My girls are so obsessed with all types of animals. We have never been and always wanted to go.
Wow what a great review. I drive to salt lake to visit my friend who moved away. We'd love to meet up here and bring our daughters.