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Bethesda Fountain Tours and Activities

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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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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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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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Private Central Park TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

Private 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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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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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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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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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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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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Private Central Park Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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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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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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New York Lower Central Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure

New York Lower Central Park Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Challenge yourself to a 3-hour scavenger hunt adventure in Central Park, and make your day in New York City an exciting group activity. Use your smart phone to trace a 2-mile route through the park, and solve a series of challenges and New York-themed puzzles. Enjoy the walk at your own pace; pause for food and drink as often as you want, or give your day a competitive edge by racking up points to compare with other teams. Pricing is per individual, but teams must book together. 
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New York City Scavenger Hunt: Central Park Adventure

New York City Scavenger Hunt: Central Park Adventure

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Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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Private Photoshoot Session At Central Park

Private Photoshoot Session At Central Park

Get in the picture! We all take photos while we travel. The problem: we're never in the picture. And let's be honest, selfies suck. We pair travelers with local professional photographers to capture your trip.
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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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Central Park Pedicab Guided Tours

Central Park Pedicab Guided Tours

Ride through Central Park on a fun and relaxing pedicab tour that fits in highlights like Bethesda fountain, Strawberry Fields, and the Central Park Mall, all without a long and tiring walk. At just under an hour, the express rickshaw tour is the perfect way to rest your feet during a busy day of sightseeing.
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Gossip girl Tour

Gossip girl Tour

Official Central Park Tours is a union of professionals pedicab drivers with great knowledge about New York City
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Central Park Pedicab Tours

Central Park Pedicab Tours

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As NYC TOUR with 9 years experience, we offer fascinated guided Central Park pedicab tour. Our guests can make sure that they will see all the attractions, learn everything about Central Park and take lots of photos in amazing places. It is a very informative, fun and scenic drive through Central Park in company with our experienced, knowledgeable and entertaining guides who they can speak in different languages like English, Spanish, French, Russian, Turkish. We do our tours on a pedicab which is an electrical tricycle where your driver control and you relax in the comfortable passenger side. You will see in our tour Central Park zoo, luna park, chess&checkers house, carousel, dairy house, balto statue, summer stage, bethesda terrace, central park mall, boathouse, cherry hill plaza, bow bridge, san remo and beresford buildings, strawberry fields&imagine mosaic, sheep meadow, tavern on the green, ghostbusters building, elf bridge, plaza hotel and many more.
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Your Private Portrait Session at iconic locations in Central Park

Your Private Portrait Session at iconic locations in Central Park

This is a unique experience while visiting NYC. You will meet a professional portrait photographer with 8+ years of experience, who will show you iconic locations in Central Park. The photographer will direct you according to your preference for candid or more posed portraits with these beautiful locations as backdrops.
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Central Park Private Pedicab Tour

Central Park Private Pedicab Tour

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With more than 800 acres to explore, visiting Central Park on foot may be romantic, but you could spend days checking out this expansive NYC landmark. See more of the park in less time with this pedicab tour. Let your guide whisk you through the park using only pedal power, while you sit back to admire the top landmarks you pass, from the Bethesda Fountain and Strawberry Fields, to the must-see 19th-century Bow Bridge.
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Deluxe Pedicab Adventure through Central Park NYC

Deluxe Pedicab Adventure through Central Park NYC

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See more of New York City's celebrated Central Park with this private pedicab tour, with your guide leading the way. After hopping on, you're whisked through the park to visit several of the top sights, including Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, and the Alice in Wonderland Statue. Enjoy your guide's helpful commentary, the lovely NYC views, and several stops to snap photos as you go.
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Central Park Movie Making Tour

Central Park Movie Making Tour

Be the star of your own NYC Movie! This tour is like no other because every person/group gets a personalized music video that they can use as a memory to last them forever. When ever someone books we ask them tell us some information about what is bringing them to NYC (Anniversary, Friends Reunion, Fun with the Family etc) and what song they want to use. That helps us craft a story unique to each person. On the day of the film shoot we’ll meet for a quick cup of coffee to go over the plan for the shoot. We’ll enter Central Park through Strawberry Fields and head east, hitting some of the most scenic locations along the way before returning to our meeting place. Our "Stars" as we like to call them are filmed with our professional film equipment and within 72 hours are sent a High Quality digital copy of their movie so their NYC memories can live on forever!
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