Bethesda Terrace
Bethesda Terrace
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Neighbourhood: Central Park
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  • 72nd St • 7 min walk
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  • Joe D
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning CP
    We came over in July from Northern Ireland and had a great time. It's a really lovely area and a must in CP. We walked from the Plaza Hotel to here, seeing some of CP's best spots on the way. It's an absolute must in the City
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand7,635 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty whatever the day
    Always a lovely place to go, rain or shine. Always lots of people here usually a wedding party too getting their photos taken. A band or busker playing in the covered arches or street performer dancing around. It’s like a must see when you’re visiting NY and it’s not too far into the park which is vast, the further in you go the less people you’ll see & you’ll soon forget you’re even in a massive city!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 October 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,927 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Design
    Bethesda Terrace overlooks Bethesda Fountain. It is definitely worth taking time to admire the intricate carvings on the pillars as well as the area beneath the road. To me it had the feel of an Italian cathedral with beautiful paintings across the walls and ceilings. It was a really beautiful experience and helped to make my visit to Central Park very special.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 December 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota4,997 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Heart of Central Park
    Bethesda Terrace with its recognizable fountain is the heart of Central Park. The terrace was constructed in the 1860s and is one of the oldest structures in the park. The Angels of the Waters statute in the Bethesda Fountain (also known as the Friends Fountain from the popular TV show) was unveiled in 1873. This is a beautiful area and stays quite lively usually with street performers and musicians throughout the day. It's a great spot to sit and soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city park.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 April 2024
  • lizakq
    1,615 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must
    While visiting Central Park this is a must. Very popular with tourist and locals you will find it full of life. When we visited there were a group of seniors playing classic music; it was beautiful. The fountain is really impressive. The arquitecture with all the little details is something to admire. You can easily spend a few hours here. The whole place is awesome for pictures.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 April 2024
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lizakq
Naguabo1,615 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
While visiting Central Park this is a must. Very popular with tourist and locals you will find it full of life. When we visited there were a group of seniors playing classic music; it was beautiful. The fountain is really impressive. The arquitecture with all the little details is something to admire. You can easily spend a few hours here. The whole place is awesome for pictures.
Written 15 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Bethesda Terrace with its recognizable fountain is the heart of Central Park. The terrace was constructed in the 1860s and is one of the oldest structures in the park. The Angels of the Waters statute in the Bethesda Fountain (also known as the Friends Fountain from the popular TV show) was unveiled in 1873. This is a beautiful area and stays quite lively usually with street performers and musicians throughout the day. It's a great spot to sit and soak up the atmosphere of this amazing city park.
Written 8 April 2024
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Lisa R
Ponchatoula, LA304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A beautiful spot in the middle of Central Park. We were there for a wedding. It was lovely and just what the bride dreamed of.
Written 27 December 2023
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Bethesda Terrace overlooks Bethesda Fountain. It is definitely worth taking time to admire the intricate carvings on the pillars as well as the area beneath the road. To me it had the feel of an Italian cathedral with beautiful paintings across the walls and ceilings.

It was a really beautiful experience and helped to make my visit to Central Park very special.
Written 20 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

D P
Wellington, New Zealand7,635 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Always a lovely place to go, rain or shine. Always lots of people here usually a wedding party too getting their photos taken. A band or busker playing in the covered arches or street performer dancing around.
It’s like a must see when you’re visiting NY and it’s not too far into the park which is vast, the further in you go the less people you’ll see & you’ll soon forget you’re even in a massive city!
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Joe D
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We came over in July from Northern Ireland and had a great time.
It's a really lovely area and a must in CP. We walked from the Plaza Hotel to here, seeing some of CP's best spots on the way. It's an absolute must in the City
Written 13 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Great place to just take in the different activities around the terrace such as weddings, troubadures, gymnasticshows and so on.
Written 8 June 2023
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Matt S
Brighton, MI2,286 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a classic Central Park space (John Wick 2 anyone??) with great landcape architectural features, and a great view of the lake. It is a popular spot, so it can get a bit crowded.
Written 4 May 2023
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA15,056 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
From the upper terrace you have a view of the fountain, the boaters on the lake, and the street performers who frequent the area.

When visiting the Bethesda Fountain, make sure you either enter of leave through the arcade so you can appreciate the beautifully tiled walls and ceiling.
Written 20 July 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
One of the most beautiful parts of Central park, seen in so many movies.
The Bethesda terrace with great views of the fountain and park, street performers and few snack/drink stalls.
Do descend down and walk the arcaded passageway with magnificent tile work.
Written 23 June 2022
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