Fallingwater is the consummate “family house”. Built for the Kaufmann family in 1936, Fallingwater remains a popular family destination because there’s truly something for everyone. However, when bringing a family that includes younger children, it helps to keep a few things in mind. To make the most of your time here, we offer the following helpful tips:
Children find Fallingwater intriguing, with the waterfall, the natural landscape and all of the mysterious nooks and crannies throughout the house. But please remind them that it is also a museum. Prior to coming, explain that while we want them to love the place, during the tour they will not be able to touch anything, sit down, or be picked up at any time. You can also try some of our families activities before and after the tour to engage their interest in a more hands-on way.
There are no public restrooms in the house itself, so make sure children take care of business at the visitor center before starting the tour.
For the safety and comfort of all visitors, children must be six-years-old to accompany you on a Guided House Tour of Fallingwater and nine-years-old to accompany you on any special tours. Children under six-years-old, including toddlers and infants, are not permitted on tour.
If you have younger children (between the ages of 5 and 8) you may want to consider our Children's Tour. This tour is designed for the children and has hands-on activities, a walk along the stream and a visit to selected rooms in the house.
If you will be bringing very young children to Fallingwater, you may use our on-site family room. The family room is an unsupervised area where you or a member of your party must stay with your children while you wait for the rest of your party to complete the house tour.
Families may also choose to hike the grounds or nearby Bear Run Nature Reserve while waiting for the rest of their party to complete their house tour.