Fallingwater’s 59th tour season runs from March 5 to December 31, 2022. We’re pleased to welcome you to Fallingwater where you’ll discover the beauty of the landscape that was a respite for the Kaufmann family and explore the house’s intimate relationship with nature. With your help, we look forward to providing an enjoyable and safe experience.
During the ongoing health crisis, Fallingwater will operate under guidelines recommended by national, state and local agencies and authorities. We will carefully and continually monitor the situation in our region and make adjustments as needed.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is a contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. If you are exhibiting symptoms of the disease or feel unwell, please elect to stay home and help stop the spread. By visiting Fallingwater, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
To ensure you are comfortable and prepared for your visit to Fallingwater, please carefully review this checklist in advance.
For Your Safety
- Reservations are required for all visits. For the safety of our visitors, a limited number of visitors are permitted on the site each day. For this reason, reservations are required in advance. Please purchase tickets online or call 724-329-8501 to check the availability prior to traveling to Fallingwater.
- All Fallingwater visitors age 5 years and older will be required to submit proof of full vaccination or a negative test result effective March 5, 2022, the opening date of Fallingwater tours. Visitors should bring a copy of their vaccination card or negative test result along with identification to present to Fallingwater staff at the entry gate. Visitors who do not have proper documentation will be denied entry.
- "Fully vaccinated" means on the day of the visit as shown on the valid ticket, a visitor is at least 14 days after their second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or at least 14 days after their single dose of a single-dose vaccine.
- Proof of vaccination must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination. Visitors may bring their vaccination card, a copy of their card, or a photo of their card on their smartphone. Use of a digital vaccination passport app is also acceptable.
- Visitors who are not vaccinated must provide one of the following instead of evidence of vaccination:
- A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the visit administered by an official testing center such as Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, MedExpress, etc., or
- A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the visit administered by an official testing center such as Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp, MedExpress, etc.
- Self-administered or at-home tests will not be accepted.
- Together with the proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test result, all visitors 18 years or older must also present a photo ID with name matching the vaccine card (i.e. driver’s license, passport, school photo ID). Visitors younger than 18 who do not have either a government-issued ID or school photo ID must be in the company of an adult who provides the required ID and vaccine documentation for themselves and can confirm the validity of the minor’s test results or vaccination verification.
- Visitors age 2 years and older are asked to wear a mask indoors.
- To ensure appropriate physical distancing, please maintain a safe distance from staff and other visitors at all times.
- One-way directional flows and six-foot spacing will be indicated by floor decals and stanchions throughout the Visitor Center.
- We have installed plexiglass screens at information, membership and sales desks.
- Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Visitor Center.
- Environmental cleaning and disinfection of “high-touch” door handles, surfaces and restrooms will occur on a regular basis throughout the day.
- All staff members have completed required training sessions to understand and implement modified safety procedures and sanitation practices to ensure the health of both staff and visitors.
Planning Your Visit
- Please plan your visit a minimum of two weeks in advance if you'd like to visit during our peak seasons in July, August or October.
- Allow at least 15 additional minutes for travel. The roads around Fallingwater are rural, two-lane roads. Some of these roads are currently under construction. Please review these maps and directions to Fallingwater.
- Families with children younger than 6 are encouraged to experience Fallingwater through Family Field Trips and Grounds Passes.
- Download our visitor guide in advance to help with wayfinding throughout the site.
- Because Fallingwater is located in a rural area, there is no public transportation to Fallingwater. You will need a car to travel to Fallingwater from your point of arrival or destination. Ride sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, are currently not available in the area surrounding Fallingwater.
- Guided tour start times are approximate. To ensure sufficient physical distancing between groups, your guided tour may begin 10 to 20 minutes past your scheduled time. Please arrive early to provide sufficient time for parking and arrival at the Visitor Center. In planning your visit, allow approximately two hours on site to enjoy at a relaxed pace.
- Reservations for an outdoor Meadow Lunch and Lunches to Go can be made up to 48 hours ahead of your visit.
- Please inquire in advance about accessibility options. Fallingwater’s site includes more than a mile of sloping gravel paths, which may be challenging for visitors with mobility limitations. Some exterior parts of the house are only accessible by stairs. Certain models of wheelchairs and strollers may have difficulty moving on gravel. An all-terrain wheelchair is available by advance reservation.
- In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fallingwater welcomes trained service animals. Please review our service animal guidelines before visiting Fallingwater.
- Please be aware of our hours of operation.
- No weapons, firearms or hazardous materials are permitted on Fallingwater property.
- Fallingwater is a smoke-free environment.
On the Day of Your Visit
- Allow enough time on-site to experience our Visitor Center where you will find our Museum Store and Café. We recommend that you plan to stay with us for at least two hours.
- Expect considerable walking on all guided tours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. There is a ¼ mile walk from the Visitor Center to the house. We offer a shuttle service to and from the house.
- Service animals are welcome to join you on the tour and on the grounds around the house. Pets are not permitted in Fallingwater, at the Visitor Center or on the grounds around the house. Although we suggest you don't leave pets in your car, please use caution if you choose to do so. Our parking lot has limited shade and we cannot guarantee a shaded parking spot. When walking your pets in the parking lot areas, please be sure to use a leash and be courteous of other visitors by cleaning up after your pet.
- Note that there are no public restrooms inside Fallingwater. Please use the restrooms at our Visitor Center prior to beginning your tour.
- Come prepared for the weather. Currently all experiences are conducted outdoors, and mountain temperatures are generally about 10 degrees colder than those in Pittsburgh. Please bring appropriate clothing and umbrellas.
- Summer tours are more comfortable in the cooler, morning hours.
- Only small wallets and handheld cameras are permitted on tour. For the protection of Fallingwater and its collections, handbags larger than 10x10x3 inches (25x25x8cm), backpacks of any size, camera bags, tripods and other cumbersome items are prohibited inside Fallingwater and must be left in vehicles or placed in lockers at the Visitor Center prior to your tour.
- Outside food is not permitted at Fallingwater’s dining facilities, including the outdoor tables in the meadow. Reservations for our Meadow Lunch along with orders for Lunches to Go can be made up to 48 hours in advance of your visit. If you would like to bring your own food, outdoor tables are available at the Barn at Fallingwater located on Route 381 approximately ¼ mile north of the main entrance to Fallingwater.
- Fallingwater is a carry-in/carry-out facility. We ask that you take your trash with you when you leave.
- We understand that many Fallingwater visitors will have accessibility concerns. We are constantly working to make the visit comfortable for everyone. If you haven’t visited us before, view our Accessibility at Fallingwater page for a few tips to help you make your visit more enjoyable.
- All photography, filming, recording on mobile devices, painting and sketching is permitted for personal use only and cannot be sold, published or posted on a website without permission of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Original works may be exhibited, but reproductions or prints may not be produced. This includes, but is not limited to all photographs, films, mobile recordings, paintings, sketches and drawings generated during your visit.
- The use of drones is not permitted on the property. This prohibition extends to any drone launched or operated from Fallingwater property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of Fallingwater but flying over Fallingwater boundaries and/or above Fallingwater facilities.
Families with Young Children
- Families with children younger than 6 are invited to reserve Self-Guided Exterior Experiences or a guided Family Field Trip.
- 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.
Make a Weekend of it Here at Bear Run
- Bring along comfortable hiking shoes, and enjoy some of our 20 miles of outstanding trails at nearby Bear Run Nature Reserve.
- Enjoy the beautiful native rhododendrons which typically bloom with a white to light pink flower from late June through early-mid July.
- The Laurel Highlands are brimming with exciting adventures, all within a 25-mile radius of Fallingwater. Since you’re headed to Fallingwater visit the Laurel Highlands website for even more information.
- A variety of lodging facilities are located within a 40-mile radius of Fallingwater. You may wish to stay with one of our Lodging Partners in Education, many of which offer packages that include Fallingwater, Wright at Polymath Park and Kentuck Knob. The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau offers additional information about lodging and other nearby sites to visit.