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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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  • Love movies and every time I watched some in NYC via sites that wanted to meet when I got back to New York. This source was one of the attractions. It is close to other landmarks of Central Park. Worth knowing.
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  • It's best when the fountain is flowing and the trees are green or on a cold,blue skied day. A nice space to hang, sun, marry, row a boat,walk a dog ,ride a bike. Go and relax as you walk thru Central ...  more »
  • Everything is in the title: this fountain is a must see - obviously - but it gets sooo crowded that you don't want to stick around too long!  more »
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  • This is my favorite spot in all of Central Park. I learned about it through the award-winning miniseries 'Angels in America', which featured the statue and fountain in the opening sequence. The place is great for people watching, owing to its proximity to the touristy parts of the park.
  • Amazing park. Great performers. Lots to see
  • Good place next to the small lake. I loved the ambiance of the place and walking around the lake!
  • other than the beauty and significant of the statue look to your right to the boats... NOW GO DO THEM
  • Quintessential New York. Early in the morning before the hoards arrive is magical. When the weather is good, musicians performing around the area add to the glory of this spot.