Bethesda Fountain, New York City

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Overlooking Central Park's lake since 1859, Bethesda Fountain is a breathtaking circular structure with a female winged angel perched at the top of several cascades. Below the neoclassical angel, four cherubs represent temperance, purity, health, and peace. The angel's artist, Emma Stebbins, was the first female to receive public commission for a major New York City art piece. The only sculpture featured in the park's original layout, it commemorates the opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which provided fresh water to the city. Snap a picture in front of the iconic fountain, which you may recognize from countless movies, television shows, and even video games. Use our New York City travel itinerary planner to visit Bethesda Fountain on your trip to New York City, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Unfortunately when we visited in winter the fountain had been switched off. I'm sure it's great in summer though  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    The Bethesda fountain is located about half an hour walk from the Southern entrance of Central Park. It is beautifully designed and is definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    This hardly needs an introduction to many, as this iconic location has been featured in classic movies for decades, as well as in adverts, music videos, etc. As "a picture's worth 1000 words" I'll off...  more »
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  • May 3, 2017
    Come here and think of the last words in Angels in America, Tony Kushner's masterpiece: 'The fountain's not flowing now, they turn it off in the winter, ice in the pipes. But in the summer it's a sight to see. I want to be around to see it. I plan to be. I hope to be. This disease will be the end of many of us, but not nearly all, and the dead will be commemorated and will struggle on with the living, and we are not going away. We won't die secret deaths anymore. The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come. Bye now. You are fabulous creatures, each and every one. And I bless you: More Life. The Great Work Begins.'
  • January 19, 2017
    Very iconic fountain in Central Park. There are two large terraces linked by large staircases and the fountain sits on the lower terrace. The architecture of the fountain and the terraces are amazing and you must visit and take a walk around. It's a good place to relax and people watch too! It gets very busy and so decent photo opportunities are hard to come by!
  • April 6, 2017
    Great park in general - but don't expect the fountain to be on during winter and spring seasons. Stone work was fantastic.
  • May 21, 2017
    It's lovely place and I am always happy to take elopement photos near the Fountain
  • May 1, 2017
    Beautiful area surrounding the fountain in Central park. Wide open space with seating around the fountain.

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