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Bethesda Fountain Tours

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Bethesda Fountain
The focal point of Bethesda Terrace, this large, towering fountain is known for its statue of a winged angel, which has been a Central Park landmark for almost 150 years and has appeared in countless movies and television shows ranging from One Fine Day to Home Alone 2.

The Basics
Measuring 26 feet high and 96 feet wide, the Bethesda Fountain is one of the largest water features in New York City. It is the centerpiece of the Bethesda Terrace, an area designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to function as the heart of the park. The top tier of the fountain holds the Angel of the Waters, a sculpture designed by artist Emma Stebbins—and the only statue commissioned especially for the park. The fountain commemorates the opening of the Croton Aqueduct, which brought fresh running water to the city for the first time in the 1840s.

Relax by the fountain and do some people watching, or visit during a bike, pedicab, horse and carriage, or walking tour of the park. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The upper part of the terrace, above the Arcade, offers overhead views of the fountain.
  • The main part of the terrace is wheelchair accessible.
  • Restrooms near the fountain are open during daylight hours March through early November.

How to Get There
The Bethesda Fountain is in the lower third of Central Park. The closest park entrance is at East 72nd Street. To reach the fountain via subway, take the A, B, or C train to 72nd St. and Central Park West, and walk half-way across the park.

When to Get There
Central Park is open daily all year round. The Bethesda Fountain is most popular on warm days, when visitors gather on the surrounding terrace, and in the fall, when it is surrounded by stunning foliage. 

Visit Strawberry Fields
A short walk west of Bethesda Terrace you’ll find Strawberry Fields, a memorial dedicated to the musician and activist John Lennon. Visit the garden—which sits just steps from where Lennon was shot outside his apartment building on Central Park West—to enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation, commune with other Beatles fans, and see the memorial’s famous Imagine mosaic.
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Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride (Long Loop - 45 Minutes)

Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride (Long Loop - 45 Minutes)

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Discover the natural beauty and main attractions of Central Park during a 40-minute carriage ride. Perfect for a romantic occasion or fun-loving families, the tour is the perfect way to see the landmarks of the world famous park without getting worn out. Set a leisurely pace, the 2.5-mile trail includes views of Cherry Hill, Wollman Rink, Bethesda Fountain, Sheep Meadow, and more.
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45 Minutes Central Park Tour

45 Minutes Central Park Tour

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A horse and carriage ride through Central Park is one of New York’s most magical experiences, with a history dating back over 150 years. Whether you’re on honeymoon or a family vacation, don’t leave this precious ritual to chance. Book ahead to guarantee your perfect time slot without the wait. Your 2-mile (3-kilometer) ride covers sights including the Lake, Strawberry Fields, Tavern on the Green, Rumsey Playfield, and Conservatory Water.
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  • 45 minutes
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Inside Central Park Bike Tour

Inside Central Park Bike Tour

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Pedal the shady paths and boulevards of Central Park on a guided bike tour with a small group of cyclists. Enjoy a leisurely pace as you trace a route to landmarks and hidden gems, from the Bethesda Fountain to the memorial at Strawberry Fields. See the Dakota apartment building where John Lennon lived, then loop around Cleopatra’s Needle and visit Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. Take in the natural side of life in New York City with an experience that’s suitable for all fitness levels and experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Guided Central Park Pedicab Tour

Guided Central Park Pedicab Tour

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Get to know Central Park, the most visited urban park in the United States, on a private pedicab tour. Take a leisurely ride around this iconic New York City landmark, exploring its many bridges, fountains and statues while learning about its history and design from the experienced driver/guide. See the spots featured in more than 300 different films since 1908 and discover interesting details and anecdotes about the park.
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  • 1 hour
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Central Park Highlights Small-Group Bike Tour

Central Park Highlights Small-Group Bike Tour

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Explore the beautiful sights of Central Park on this leisurely bike tour. Follow your local guide along the park’s scenic and bike-friendly paths as you cruise by famous attractions like Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, Cleopatra’s Needle, and the Bethesda Fountain. Learn about the history of this green oasis in the center of Manhattan on an easy ride. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour to suit your sightseeing schedule.
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  • 2 hours
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Central Park Pedicab Guided Tours

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Central Park Pedicab Guided Tours

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Hop aboard a pedicab—a bicycle-powered cab—for a private ride around New York City's Central Park. Enjoy the undivided attention of your guide and the chance to customize your itinerary to include four stops of your choosing among more than 20 local attractions. Riding in a pedicab will get you around the 843-acre (341-hectare) park much more efficiently than you ever could on foot.
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Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

Central Park Highlights Walking Tour

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With its wealth of landmarks and vast size, exploring Central Park on your own can be overwhelming. With this guided walking tour, avoid the hassle of following a map and take in the highlights with a guide. Admire the storied bridges, fountains, and statues at a leisurely pace while learning about the park’s history and design, and see the famous spots featured in hundreds of films.
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Electric Bike Tour of Central Park and Waterfront Greenway

Electric Bike Tour of Central Park and Waterfront Greenway

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New York City—especially the Central Park area—has a lot of ground to cover. This Central Park electric bike tour allows you to see more than you would on a walking tour and in less time. Plus, it takes you to top highlights throughout the park and lets you cruise along the bike-friendly Hudson River Waterfront Greenway for fantastic river views.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours
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Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

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On average, 98 movie scenes are shot in New York City every month, and unless you’re following all the details daily, you might pass by spots and not even know it. This Central Park TV and movie sites walking tour takes you through the city with a guide who knows all the best filming locations from ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ ‘Home Alone 2,’ and more.
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Guided Bike Tour of Central Park New York City

Guided Bike Tour of Central Park New York City

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Pedal to Central Park’s most iconic destinations on a bike tour with an experienced guide. Set a leisurely pace as you cruise alongside your guide to spot the angel atop the Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, and the moving Lennon Memorial at Strawberry Fields. Learn the history of the park while exploring, spot the filming locations of beloved movies and TV shows, and discover the tranquil park at the heart of New York City.
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Sunset Tour of Central Park

Sunset Tour of Central Park

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If you’re new to New York City, going into Central Park at sunset by yourself may result in you getting lost in its huge grounds. This Central Park sunset walking tour takes you into the park with a guide to see some of its most famous landmarks, including Bethesda Fountain, the Central Park Zoo, and Shakespeare Garden. Plus, you’ll learn about the history of Central Park along the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Gossip Girl Tour

Gossip Girl Tour

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Bring one of your favorite shows into real life during this guided, ‘Gossip Girl’ tour to top New York City sights featured on the show. Follow in the path of the show’s characters snapping selfies as you visit key landmarks that played a role in the ‘Gossip Girl’ story. Explore Bethesda Terrace and Fountain where Blair and Chuck were married, see Nate’s townhouse, and more. 
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Central Park Private Pedicab Tour

Central Park Private Pedicab Tour

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One of New York City’s most celebrated sights, Central Park is a vast green space plum in the heart of Manhattan. With this private pedicab tour, see more of this leafy oasis than possible on foot in the same time, and hear stories of highlights such as Bethesda Fountain and the Strawberry Fields John Lennon memorial from a guide—insight you might miss if you were going it alone.
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Complete Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

Complete Manhattan and Central Park Bike Tour

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Explore Manhattan more easily, quickly, and smoothly than you could on foot or public transport on this bike tour. Pedal through Lower Manhattan, breeze along the waterfront, discover Central Park, and explore Midtown; all without worrying about navigation or whether you’ve covered the must-sees. Check out Little Italy, SoHo, and more; learn tales of the sights you’d miss otherwise, and enjoy a break for lunch (own cost) on route.
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Private NYC Central Park Walking Tour

Private NYC Central Park Walking Tour

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With over 800 acres (324 hectares) to explore, it can be hard to know where to start on any walk around Central Park. Get a fresh perspective on New York City and follow one of the most scenic routes through the park with a private guide on this tour. Your guide will ensure you hear surprising facts about its history, while taking you to the 15 best spots inside it.
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Central Park 5K Fun Running Tour

Central Park 5K Fun Running Tour

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See Central Park on a fun and casual 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) run with a guide. Wind along snaking paths through meadows and woods, and jog over rolling hills in the company of a fellow runner. Get your daily exercise with a dose of history as you take brief stops along your route to learn about some of the significant sites in this storied Manhattan green space.
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Romantic Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

Romantic Central Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour

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If you’re looking to celebrate an anniversary or make a wedding proposal in NYC, there are many options, but none quite like this romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park. Show someone just how much they mean to you with this special ride that includes a bottle of sparkling wine, a bucket of roses, and photographs. Plus, choose from scenic locations in Central Park to stop for a moment with your beloved.
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Private Highlights Tour of New York (Full Day)

Private Highlights Tour of New York (Full Day)

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With so many sights to see in New York City, make sure you get to see the ones that matter most to you. This private full-day tour of the city is tailored to your wants and needs. Your customized itinerary takes you to the places you request, and your private guide's commentary is based on your interests. See famous places such as Grand Central Station, Central Park, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Wall Street, and the Brooklyn Bridge.
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  • 8 hours
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Central Park New York Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Central Park New York Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Central Park is New York City’s most beloved urban oasis, but not many know the park’s interesting history and design. With this private walking tour, take a deep dive into the park’s past as you stroll with a guide to landmarks you’ll recognize from movies and TV, like the Gapstow Bridge, Strawberry Fields, and Bethesda Fountain. Join locals lounging in Sheep Meadow and see John’s Lennon’s former apartment building.
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Private Central Park Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

Private Central Park Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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Make your visit to New York City unforgettable with this exclusive private tour and photo shoot in Central Park and Times Square. Your photographer-guide will snap pictures of your party as you visit Times Square, Central Park highlights like Strawberry Fields and Bethesda Fountain, and the Plaza Hotel. Includes tour, tips on navigating the Big Apple, and a zip drive with your photos delivered by email within 48 hours.
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Central Park Carriage Ride to the Boathouse, Tavern on the Green

Central Park Carriage Ride to the Boathouse, Tavern on the Green

For a romantic visit to one of New York’s most celebrated landmarks, don't miss this horse-and-carriage tour of Central Park. Pick the time that's most convenient, and hop aboard for your sightseeing adventure. Clip-clop past many of the park’s key sights, from the Bethesda Fountain to the Central Park Carousel, and wrap up your ride at Tavern on the Green or the Loeb Boathouse Restaurant. You can hop out for a closer look, and even opt for a romantic meal at your own expense.
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  • 25 to 30 minutes
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Guided Walking Tour Of Central Park

Guided Walking Tour Of Central Park

Get to the root of Central Park with our 2-hour walking tour. Explore the most famous park in the world with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. See the green, beating heart amid the hustle and bustle of New York City. Hear the distinct crunch of Central Park dirt beneath your feet as you enjoy your holiday adventure. Your seasoned tour guide will be with you every step of the way on this journey to bestow on you the rich history of these incredible sights. Highlights include the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Conservatory Waters, Strawberry Fields, Central Park Mall, Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Great Lawn, Bethesda Castle, and more! Your desire for knowledge will be satiated by our comprehensive tour.
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NYC Central Park Horse and Carriage Ride with Professional Photographer

NYC Central Park Horse and Carriage Ride with Professional Photographer

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Ride a private, horse-drawn carriage through the heart of New York City’s Central Park with a personal photographer, and take home unforgettable images of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Celebrate engagements, weddings, and special occasions with a romantic outing, and see the park’s scenic pathways and picturesque landmarks. Roll between rows of elegant cherry trees, spot the turrets at Belvedere Castle, and visit the angel atop Bethesda Fountain as a photographer skates alongside the carriage to capture every moment of your ride.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Central Park Private Pedicab Sightseeing Tour

Central Park Private Pedicab Sightseeing Tour

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With this private pedicab tour in New York City's Central Park, you can cover more ground in less time as you're whisked to the park's must-see gems. You get into the pedicab steps from the park to start your journey, taking in the views as your guide pedals past top sights. Highlights include views of Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, and The Carousel, plus nearby shooting locations from blockbuster movies, including Home Alone and Elf.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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