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 August 13, 2023
  • D P
    Wellington, New Zealand7,703 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 October 19, 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom3,117 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 December 20, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,362 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 April 8, 2024
  • lizakq
    1,634 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 April 15, 2024
  • FLHarlock
    Tavares, Florida4,927 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Angel of the water!
    Bethesda was everything I expected it to be. Beautiful and historic. I cannot believe this is in the center of New York City! I’ve seen this on many movies and was thrilled to finally see it in person. Highly recommended!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,117 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 December 20, 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,362 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 April 8, 2024
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Lucy
Pembrokeshire, UK257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A visit to Central Park is not complete until you've paid a visit to Bethesda Terrace. We visited on the snowy Monday afternoon after Thanksgiving 2019, and it made for a peaceful spot. Particularly pretty in the snow, even if it was bitterly cold!
Written February 9, 2020
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Bnblover1130
Florida75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
This is such a pretty place not to be missed if visiting Central Park. My 10 year old daughter immediately recognized it from Home Alone 2. There were multiple people taking pictures with photographers. Such a neat place to see because of seeing it in movies but it’s really just a beautiful structure to see on its own.
Written March 15, 2020
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lizakq
Naguabo1,634 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 April 15, 2024
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Lane the English traveller
Huddersfield, UK565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
You see this place on so many films and tv shows and you expect it to be smaller like so many things are in real life but it actually was as big as expected. It is busy with tourists, which is expected. Everyone seems to be patient and take turns with getting photos. There are lots of buskers in the area. But dont be fooled into thinking the horse drawn carriages go into this area because of the film Home Alone 2. Nice place to relax and take in the sights.
Written January 21, 2020
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FLHarlock
Tavares, FL4,927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Bethesda was everything I expected it to be. Beautiful and historic. I cannot believe this is in the center of New York City! I’ve seen this on many movies and was thrilled to finally see it in person. Highly recommended!
Written June 8, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 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 June 23, 2022
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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 August 13, 2023
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Marcin C
Katowice, Poland443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Bethesda Terrace in Central Park is one of the iconic places in New York. It is well known thanks to movies like Home Alone 2 and others. If you are a movie fun, it's a must see place. If not, it's still important place to see thanks to breath-taking landscape and romantic scenery. Definitely worth to go there!
Written March 10, 2020
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