Bethesda Fountain
Bethesda Fountain
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Neighbourhood: Central Park
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  • 72nd St • 7 min walk
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  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom3,118 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 December 16, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,348 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 April 8, 2024
  • Keith N
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom195 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views ruined by pollen
    Beautiful fountain, lake and terrace. This would have been a lovely place to stop and enjoy the general ambience of the park if the pollen had not been so overwhelming that we had to escape to the streets so we could breathe again. Have made a mental note to return out of hayfever season.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,006 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
One of the crown jewels of the Park, this fountain is a 19th Century gem. It's old and classic, but in great shape since we all love it so much. Can't miss it in the middle of the most-used part of the Park.
Written January 4, 2022
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FDinger
Florida1,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We stopped at Bethesda Fountain on our traverse of Central Park. It was bustling with people. There were some viewing the beautiful fountain, others rowing on the lake, a few enjoying a street musician, and even a couple having their wedding pictures taken. It was a great scene on a warm summer day.
Written August 14, 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 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 June 23, 2022
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I walked five times in Central Park in December 2021 and each time visited Bethesda Fountain. The Mall, Bethesda Terrace and Bethesda Fountain are my favorite part of Central Park and I never get tired of it. The Bethesda Fountain was dry because it was December but it still was a great photo opportunity. Also great was standing near Bethesda Fountain and then looking up at Bethesda Terrace and seeing the tall buildings of Central Park South in the distance. Nearby is The Lake and the Loeb Boat House. It is a great part of the park to visit.
Written December 21, 2021
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,514 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Just before going back towards the concrete jungle, we quickly headed to Bethesda fountain, where we hoped we would find a toilet.
The toilet was closed, but we enjoyed checking out the beautiful fountain and in particular the lovely tiles on the ceiling under the terrace. Just look at the fountain, turn around and walk towards the stairs while looking up. Due to the dimness you may pass by without noticing, but it's really worth checking out this landmark.
Written March 25, 2020
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natters14
Portsmouth, UK3,334 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 April 10, 2023
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Keith N
Cheltenham, UK195 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful fountain, lake and terrace. This would have been a lovely place to stop and enjoy the general ambience of the park if the pollen had not been so overwhelming that we had to escape to the streets so we could breathe again. Have made a mental note to return out of hayfever season.
Written June 4, 2024
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bhlraven1916
Atlanta, GA1,482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Solo
Finally got to visit after watching John Wick 2. The Angel of the Waters, the statue refers to Healing the paralytic at Bethesda, a story from the Gospel of John about an angel blessing the Pool of Bethesda, giving it healing powers. I can only imagine what it's like during the summer. Go early if you want good pictures unless you have the power of Winston.
Written December 30, 2018
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LiamMc97
Edinburgh, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I went here in Oct 2019 and proposed to my then girlfriend. It's such an iconic place in New York and will hold many memories that I will cherish forever.
Written December 10, 2019
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424nelev
Roeselare, Belgium44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
Central Park as a whole is a favourite any time of year, and so is the Fountain. You'll recognize it from many films and series, and I find it especially beautiful with snow. There's always a bustle going on near the Fountain
Written March 15, 2018
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