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.
Your Health and Safety
Masking is optional but always welcome. Complimentary masks are available at the Gate House and Visitor Center Information Desk.
Ahead of your visit, we encourage you to check the COVID-19 Community Level for Fayette County, Pennsylvania, for recommendations. Please review our complete list of guidelines.
Planning Your Visit
- Reservations are required for all visits.
- Please plan your visit a minimum of 4-6 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, Guided Grounds Walking Tours 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.
- In planning your entire visit, please allow approximately two hours on site to enjoy at a relaxed pace.
- Allow sufficient time ahead of your scheduled tour for check-in, parking and arrival at the Visitor Center. We recommend up to 20 minutes to complete arrival and check-in. To create the best experience possible for you and the other visitors on your tour, group sizes are limited and tours begin at regularly spaced intervals. The actual start of your tour may vary past the time you booked to accommodate tour spacing. Multiple groups will be started during each time slot and upon arrival you will be placed in the first available tour group for the time slot you booked.
- 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.
Photography and Videography
Fallingwater visitors are welcome — and encouraged! — to take personal-use photos and video to remember and share their visit. For the safety of the sensitive landscape, staff, and visitors, the following guidelines must be observed.
- Take photos and video for private, noncommercial use outside on the grounds.
- Take photos at the direction of the tour guide for private, noncommercial use inside the house.
- Use handheld cameras, smartphones, and tablets.
- Use stabilization devices (tripods, monopods) or selfie sticks when outside.
- Post images and video from their visit on personal social media sites. (Tag @VisitFallingwater for a chance to be featured on Fallingwater’s social media channels!)
- Book a wedding at the Barn at Fallingwater and have a couple’s photo session on the Fallingwater site.
Visitors may NOT:
- Bring bulky camera bags or equipment. All photography equipment must adhere to Fallingwater’s bag (not exceeding 10x10x3 inches or 25x25x8cm) policy.
- Use stabilization devices (tripods, monopods) or selfie sticks inside the house or indoor exhibits.
- Sell or publish the images.
- Use images of Fallingwater to promote any product or service.
- Enter restricted areas cordoned off with stanchions or other barriers.
- Disrupt other visitors or block walkways when taking photographs.
- Use Fallingwater as a setting or backdrop for formal photography sessions, including but not limited to engagement and graduation photos. Commercial photographers may not photograph clients at Fallingwater.
- Use drones 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.
Fallingwater reserves the right to restrict photography at any time in any location. Fallingwater staff have the authority to approach and verify the intent of photography to ensure compliance with the photography policy. Failure to adhere to these guidelines or staff direction may result in being asked to cease all photography or leave the premises.
Fallingwater visitors may be included in photography or videography during their time on site. Visitors grant the right for their images to be used in promotional materials and in all formats of media. All images shall be the property of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
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. 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 a Guided Grounds Walking Tour, Family Field Trip or self-guided Grounds Passes.
- 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 Day 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.