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Bethesda Fountain

Located in Central Park on the lower level of Bethesda Terrace, Bethesda Fountain, or “Angel of the Waters,” features a neoclassical eight-foot-bronze angel holding a lily on top of a tiered fountain. Bethesda Fountain is considered not only one of the most beautiful fountains in New York, but also in the world. It is one of the city’s largest fountains, at twenty-six feet high by ninety-six feet wide. The angel, designed by Emma Stebbins, was the only sculpture commissioned as park of Central Park’s original design. During the initial stages of Central Park’s planning, the idea was to create a welcoming “open-air hall of reception” where visitors could enjoy views from a terrace overlooking the lake. They also wanted something that blended in with the surrounding nature, which was to be the focus of the park. Bethesda Fountain was a fitting choice then, and still is today. Additionally, when the Croton Aqueduct was opened in 1842 to bring fresh water to New York City, Bethesda Fountain was used to commemorate this purification, which is why the angel carries in her outstretched hand a lily, the symbol of purity. She also stands about four small cherubim, which symbolize peace, health, purity and temperance.

You can view Bethesda Fountain from 6am to 1am. To get to Bethesda Fountain by subway on the West Side take the A, B, C, D lines to 72nd Street. If traveling on the East Side, take the 4, 5, 6 lines to 68th Street.

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Small-Group Central Park Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 274 Reviews

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through beautiful Central Park! Relax as you follow your guide on a 2-hour ride past both famous and lesser-known sites including ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Central Park Pedicab Tours, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Central Park Pedicab Tours

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 695 Reviews

Uncover magical Central Park during a private 1 or 2-hour pedicab ride. Visit popular sites including Strawberry Fields, Bethesda Fountain and Bow Bridge, as ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.00
Central Park Carriage Ride Romance Package, New York City, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Central Park Carriage Ride Romance Package

Experience the romantic ambiance of a 45-50 minute private carriage ride through beautiful picturesque Central Park. Enhance your romantic evening with a ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $278.00
Central Park Carriage Ride and Marriage Proposal, New York City, Horse Carriage Rides
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Central Park Carriage Ride and Marriage Proposal

Make it an experience you'll never forget with a marriage proposal in Central Park. Begin your experience with a romantic carriage ride through beautiful ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $299.00
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Central Park Pedicab Tour

See the best of what Central Park has to offer in as little or as much time as you have from the comfort of a pedicab.

Location: New York, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $50.00
Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park, New York City, City Tours
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Pedicab Guided Tour of Central Park

Put a smile on your face and take a break from your routine. Sit back and enjoy a ride in the beautiful green heart of Manhattan. Our friendly tour guides are ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: Flexible

From USD $99.00
Central Park Bike Tour, New York City, City Tours
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Central Park Bike Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 1617 Reviews

Enjoy an easy bike ride through beautiful Central Park in New York City, admiring top attractions including Bethesda Fountain, Strawberry Fields, Belvedere ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99
Guided Bike Tour of Central Park, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Guided Bike Tour of Central Park

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 72 Reviews

Explore New York City like you never have before with a 2-hour guided bike tour through Central Park. A friendly, experienced guide will get you set up with a ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $35.00
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Highlights of Central Park Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 215 Reviews

Visit Central Park’s popular and hidden spots on this guided walking tour, giving you an in-depth experience of this celebrated New York City attraction. On ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.13
Manhattan in a Day: Private Tour with Licensed Tour Guide and Chauffeur, New York City, Walking ... 
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Manhattan in a Day: Private Tour with Licensed Tour Guide and Chauffeur

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 64 Reviews

Take a 6-hour private customized driving tour of Manhattan, visiting iconic sites (and some of its hidden gems) through the eyes of a local. Times Square, ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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