Tour also available on the weekends in December, the week between Christmas and New Years and the first two weekends in March.
Using a combination of hands-on activities and a guided tour of selected rooms in Fallingwater, children explore basic structural principals and see how a house can be inspired by nature. The tour is designed for young children (5 – 9) and their parents to enjoy together. The Family Tour last about one hour and photography isn’t permitted.
Available by advance ticket purchase only
Tickets available by phone only
11:30 am - Weekdays except Wednesday, June, July, August and October. Daily except Wednesday, mid-March, April, May, September and November
We recently spent a long weekend in PA and WV exploring various sights, including two of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous houses - Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob. We definitely thought Falllingwater was quite unique and we loved hearing the story behind it. However, i'm not sure that it's suitable for kids under 10. The tour is about an hour long, no touching and no photos are allowed and the inside is super crowded with several groups doing tours simultaneously. If you are interested in my full report from this trip including photos visit http://travellinmommy.blogspot.com
The story goes that Frank Lloyd Wright told Edgar Kaufmann, “I want you to live with the waterfall, not just look at it.” Because of the technology of cantilevers, Wright was able to do just that.
In a beautiful wooded setting, Wright placed Fallingwater, one of his most significant architectural achievements. It seems as if it has always been here, with the waterfall cascading from it. Inside the house, walls of windows look out into thewoods. The American Institute of Architects has called Fallingwater “the best all-timework of American architecture.”
The regular tour takes about forty-five minutes to an hour, but if you like, you may make a reservation for a longer tour, which is very detailed and can take up to two hours. (These in-depth tours are available at 8:30 A.M.and carry a fee.) Tours do require a fair amount of walking. Only the first floor is wheechair accessible.
Please note that children under six are not permitted to take the regular one-hour tour of the house. If you wish to see it yourself, however, you may take advantage of child care provided here. Special tours called the Family Tour is geared for children ages 5 to 9 and combines hands-on activities with an educational tour.
There’s also an in-depth two-hour tour. Children must be nine to attend this tour. Reservations are strongly recomended for both regular and in-depth tours. Lunch is available in Fallingwater’s restaurant.
If you would like to see more of Wright’s work, visit Kentuck Knob located in nearby Chalk Hill.
I visited Fallingwater when I was in middle school and lived in PA. This place is great for adults and older kids esp those interested in nature and art, if you like Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. I regret not going back when I was in college, but I am looking forward to bringing the wife & kid out to PA someday to see my hometown & some of the sights in PA!