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 outdoor experiences. 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.
- Groups of more than six people are not permitted at this time.
- Families and children of all ages are encouraged to experience Fallingwater through our new outdoor offerings.
- Download our visitor guide in advance to help with wayfinding throughout the site.
- In compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania guidelines, all visitors older than 2 years will be required to wear masks covering your nose and mouth while onsite.
- Visitor groups must maintain a minimum of six feet of physical distance from staff and other groups at all times.
- One-way directional flows and six-foot spacing will be indicated by floor decals and stanchions throughout the Visitor Center.
- The site will operate at no more than 50% occupancy to allow for necessary physical distancing. Staff will control the number of visitors in and out of the Café and Museum Store.
- To make your visit as touch-free as possible, transactions at our Museum Store, Café and membership desk are by credit card only.
- Visitors will be strongly encouraged to wear gloves while handling merchandise in the Museum Store.
- We have installed plexiglass screens at information, membership and sales desks to serve as an additional barrier between employees and visitors.
- Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Visitor Center and disinfecting wipes are available at restroom entrances. In addition, wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds and avoid touching your face.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- Fallingwater is a carry-in/carry-out facility. To encourage recycling and reduce odor from waste, we ask that you take your trash with you.
- 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.
- Exterior photography, 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, paintings, sketches and drawings generated during your visit.
- The use of drones is not permitted on the property.
Families with Young Children
- Fallingwater’s outdoor experiences are available to families and children of all ages.
- 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, The Duncan House at Polymath Park and Kentuck Knob. The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau offers additional information about lodging and other nearby sites to visit.