Central Park

Bethesda Fountain

Outdoor Sculpture and Plaza · Central Park
Terrace Dr (at Central Park), New York, NY 10021, United States
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  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 1:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 1:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 1:00 PM–7:00 PM
  • Fri
    • Noon–7:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 8:00 AM–8:00 PM

The mission of the Central Park Conservancy, a private non-profit, is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park, in partnership with the public.


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    "Great for people watching and listening to street performers."(4 Tips)
    S_J L.
    "sure to walk under the arches"(3 Tips)
    Jeff W.
    "beautiful fountain near a beautiful underpass"(3 Tips)
    "Beautiful spot for taking pics , people watching and just relaxing !"(10 Tips)
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  • people watching
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  • Vito T.

    One of my five NY preferite places. Stunning by any side, not only the fountain but all the terrace. Underpass is great, too, and often there're artists exploiting its peculiar acoustics.

    Vito Tartaglia · October 14
  • Mateus M.


    Mateus Moraes · September 8
  • Joel S.

    Just beautiful!

    Joel Savitzky · September 6
  • KristiaMarie P.

    Walk to the edge by the water, on the other side of the walls there are steps into the water that you can sit on and watch the boaters on the lake.

  • Mike H.

    Breathtaking views and great people watching

    Mike Hopkins · July 19
  • Edwulf

    sing all your favorite songs from enchanted movie here, take pics or see a proposal, face back the fountain, throw a penny over your shoulder, clap 3 times & say New York! You'll return here someday!

    Edwulf · June 22
  • Rodrigo A.

    The view is great

    Rodrigo Artavia · May 27
  • Amber E.

    the most beautiful place in the world

    Amber E · May 4
  • Angel F.

    Awesome place for picture taking

    Angel Fleming · April 29
  • Jay B.

    Great for people watching

    Jay Burdman · April 5
  • Carlos G.

    Beautiful place 👍

    Carlos Gonzalez · March 9

    One of the largest fountains in NY! Appears so much in movies.Love came here for walk.The fountain features a sculptur designed by Emma Stebbins.A female winged angle spouting water into a pool below

    AGVSM · February 3
  • Zherawati

    Beautiful spot for taking pics , people watching and just relaxing !

    Zherawati · December 8, 2014
  • Pete W.

    NYC Landmark - Stunning Masterpiece

    Pete Webb · November 16, 2014
  • Justin O.

    Great place to people watch. Occasionally there are live performers.

    Justin Ordoveza · November 5, 2014
  • S_J L.

    a beautiful fountain. great photo spot too ;) make sure to walk under the arches n look up! check out the beautiful ceiling

    S_J L · October 26, 2014
  • Ricardo B.

    Best spot in Central, seek street performers

    Ricardo Batista · September 10, 2014
  • Nova C.

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    Nova Calise · August 25, 2014
  • Johnny A.

    My center of the universe. Great place to people watch. Or just chill back.

    Johnny Appleseed · August 21, 2014
  • Roger S.

    Watch the row boats.

    Roger Schonfeld · August 17, 2014
  • Sam O.

    Great spot for photo ops & row boats

    Sam Odle · August 16, 2014
  • Clmedi

    Discover the Central Park

    Clmedi · April 18, 2014
  • Kent B.

    Watch the ice sculpting

    Kent Breckenridge · January 18, 2014
  • Sean R.

    Have some fun here!

    Sean Ransom Smith · October 6, 2013
  • Maria Yvonne T.

    Nice place to just sit and enjoy the scenery. Some soak in the sun, I just prefer the shade.

    Maria Yvonne Tan · September 30, 2013
  • Matthew P.

    Beautiful spot. Ask anyone and they will take your photo.

    Matthew Peters · September 20, 2013
  • Jackie V.

    It's so beautiful here

    Jackie V · July 11, 2013
  • Lesley K.

    June-Watch baby snapping turtles (& mamas) swimming about searching for food. & Around noon, sunning on the rock outcropping along the northern end of the pond. But don't touch, they bite pretty hard.

    Lesley K · June 26, 2013
  • Gabbi C.

    Don't let mike in the fountain

    Gabbi Clark · May 29, 2013
  • seth l.

    try the people watching. they're taking loads of pictures!

    seth lachs · April 24, 2013
  • Crystal W.

    Truly a beautiful sight! One of the best scenic places to go.

    Crystal Willis · April 7, 2013
  • Kimberly C.

    Don't blink!

    Kimberly Cottle · April 6, 2013
  • Beatrice R.

    Smells like horse pee up top :-)

    Beatrice Rosa-Swerbilov · March 4, 2013
  • Josh W.

    Great place to hang out and relax in the park. Sit down with a good friend, catch up, and take a ton of pictures!

    Josh W · January 14, 2013
  • Akshay C.

    Visit before 4:30 pm in winter.

    Akshay Chavan · November 17, 2012
  • Shabeeb

    Another obvious landmark - but the terrace and fountain worth checking out

    Shabeeb · October 24, 2012
  • Lindsay K.


    Lindsay Kolbenschlag · July 3, 2012

    Designed by Emma Stebbins and dedicated in 1873, this fountain was the only sculpture commissioned as part of Central Park’s original design. Its official name is “Angel of the Waters.”

    HISTORY · July 3, 2012
  • Rafa M.

    Yes the fountain is nice and the ceiling is amazing, but let's not forget the FRESCOES!

    Rafa M · May 29, 2012
  • G W.

    Tons of films filmed here, my favourite being Angels in America. This is a great place to sit and relax in the middle of your park exploration!

    G Wong · March 22, 2012
  • jamie

    Great for people watching and listening to street performers.

    jamie · March 12, 2012
  • Zane

    Best part of park, takes you away from the craziness of the city.

    Zane · February 22, 2012
  • Jan S.

    Frederick Law Olmsted commissioned a memorial to the union naval dead in 1865. The angel of the waters, from the gospel of Saint John, rises from the top -- a symbol of the healing power of nature.

    Jan Sichermann · January 15, 2012
  • Kevin C.

    Fountain's all dried up now, usually much prettier when filled, I suggest during summer

    Kevin Chang · December 22, 2011
  • Thomas V.

    Propose your girlfriend

    Thomas Van Roy · December 18, 2011
  • Lafayette 148 New York

    Bridal parties getting their photos taken, outdoor fitness bootcamps and street performers all gather in one place – it’s one of our favorite places to people watch.

    Lafayette 148 New York · November 29, 2011
  • Dayron A.

    It's beautiful

    Dayron Arias™ · November 21, 2011
  • Jennifer W.

    Early morning is my favorite time here ~ not as crowded as afternoon. Don't forget to stop by the boathouse for a coffee!

    Jennifer Walsh · October 16, 2011
  • Zachary S.

    Come here on Saturday to here the whole Cosby gang sing in glorious harmony.

    Zachary Schmahl · October 15, 2011
  • Jeff W.

    A beautiful fountain near a beautiful underpass, a lake with rowboats & street performers! A great central meeting place as it's close to everything else in Central Park.

    Jeff Woo · September 23, 2011

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