Bethesda Fountain
Bethesda Fountain
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Neighbourhood: Central Park
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  • 72nd St • 7 min walk
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California17,076 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful 19th Century Park Art
    This is one of my favorite spots in Central Park, so when we decided to spend an afternoon here, we made this our objective. It is lovely 19th Century sculpture and was always considered one of the highlights of park design. Always a lot of people around. Great on a sunny day.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom2,768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Angelic
    Bethesda Fountain is the centrepiece of Bethesda Terrace. There is a road passing nearby and from here you get some lovely views of the fountain. It is also close to the Bow Bridge which I recognised from Home Alone 2. There are plenty of benches in the area for you to sit and relax upon and watch what's going on. It's a very popular destination so I would recommend visiting early in the day before it gets too crowded.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 December 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,583 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Fountain in the Heart of Central Park
    Bethesda Fountain and Terrace is at the heart of Central Park. The much-photographed fountain, also known as the "Friends Fountain" from the well-known TV series, is beautiful and very recognizable. This is a lively area usually with street performers and musicians. Great spot to sit and soak up the atmosphere of the amazing city park.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Bethesda Fountain and Terrace is at the heart of Central Park. The much-photographed fountain, also known as the "Friends Fountain" from the well-known TV series, is beautiful and very recognizable. This is a lively area usually with street performers and musicians. Great spot to sit and soak up the atmosphere of the amazing city park.
Written 8 April 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK2,768 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Bethesda Fountain is the centrepiece of Bethesda Terrace. There is a road passing nearby and from here you get some lovely views of the fountain. It is also close to the Bow Bridge which I recognised from Home Alone 2.

There are plenty of benches in the area for you to sit and relax upon and watch what's going on.

It's a very popular destination so I would recommend visiting early in the day before it gets too crowded.
Written 16 December 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,076 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is one of my favorite spots in Central Park, so when we decided to spend an afternoon here, we made this our objective. It is lovely 19th Century sculpture and was always considered one of the highlights of park design. Always a lot of people around. Great on a sunny day.
Written 8 July 2023
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Jack
Old Bethpage, NY865 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The fountain is a must see when visiting Central Park! I recommend doing it in the summer for the best experience. It is very clean and well preserved. Yes, during the spring and summer, it will be crowded, but it is worth it and I recommend!
Written 27 June 2023
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natters14
Portsmouth, UK2,549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
This was my third attempt to visit(& second to make it to the Fountain and I wasn’t disappointed.

Like many, I am familiar with it from many a New York film and tv programme and was so happy to to see it in reality and how beautiful - and spacious - it is.

Well worth a visit - recommend!
Written 10 April 2023
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778moni
Zuqim, Israel71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
I loved this corner in the park. The fountain and its environment is very well preserved and clean and even on a winter day there are a lot of people around.
Written 12 February 2023
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coconutugly
Marbella, Spain1,497 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
Not worth the walk in the middle of winter. No water in the fountain, no people around, so zero ambience. Really “meh”….. did not blow
My socks off
Written 18 December 2022
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Brucethealien
24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
One of my favourite spots in Central Park and one of the few spots that made me stop in my tracks and actually believe I was in New York, such an iconic view from the terrace to the fountain spent ten minutes or so just taking pictures. Well worth a visit
Written 1 November 2022
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA13,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
A gathering place in central park. We like to stand along the rail and watch the boaters on the lake and the turtles near the shore.

Great views of the city in the background.
Written 20 July 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Although the whole park is glorious, the Bethesda fountain and the terrace above are the most beautiful sites here.
In the middle of the fountain is the Angel of Water sculpture. Opposite it is the Mall passageway with the Bethesda arcade seen in so many movies.
Beautiful place not to be missed during your Central park visit.
Written 23 June 2022
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