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Japanese Tea Gardens

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Neighbourhood: Uptown Broadway
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Address: 3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
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+1 210-559-3148
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation by...

Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation by George W. Brackenridge and another section from Emma Koehler. In 1915 Ray Lambert, city parks commissioner, thought it would make a nice location for a lily pond. Ultimately, it grew to become a tea garden. The latest renovations began in 2007 and cost about $1.6 million, compared with the $7,000 Lambert originally spent to open the park. It is a Registered Texas Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places.

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We visited the Japanese Tea Gardens and enjoyed our day immensely! This is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever walked through. We enjoyed everything from watching the koi... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the Japanese Tea Gardens and enjoyed our day immensely! This is one of the most beautiful areas I've ever walked through. We enjoyed everything from watching the koi in the water features, to the fragrant flowers, to the hike itself. This is a definite must see!

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Austin, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ok, so the garden is supposed to be free. It was created and is run and funded in full. The original intent of the founders was for it to always be free. I've heard some people say that they try to charge admission. If someone tries this on you, ask for a manager. Now, on to the problem I mentioned... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited at 4:00 PM on a Wednesday. When we arrived it was quite except for a few people taking photos. It was quiet and serene, not to where you could meditate, but reflection was capable the water fall and clear water was very calming. Tghere was a small tea house at the entrance that had ice cream, and coffees.

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Victoria, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been here many times over the years and it always amazes me. This is a MUST SEE when visiting San Antonio. No admission. Take your time and see this amazing site.

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Japanese Tea Gardens are beautiful. There is no cost to walk around and enjoy the beautiful limestone creations, koi ponds, and flora.

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Baltimore, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mrs. and I stopped here on a whim, after having dinner one evening in the Alamo Heights neighborhood. It was getting close to sunset, so we figured the gardens might be closed when we arrived. However, it was still open, so we took a walk around the grounds. It's not a big site, but it feels like a world... More 

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a Japanese garden like one we've never seen before. Set in an old limestone quarry, with lots of rock, ponds, and vegetation. Well worth the trip.

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Overgaard
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything well maintained and cared for. Several hidden paths for climbers. We had been here several times in the past and will go again

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a misty morning before going to the Witte Museum. The weather probably kept down the crowd size which was ideal. Try to go when there will be few people for ease of parking and the most lovely photos! Please read the historic markers to understand the background and history of this place; very interesting. This would be... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I like this garden. It is absolute gorgeous. The water is peaceful, the trees and plants sway gently in the breeze, and the stairs kick you right in the pants. I was under the false impression that it was all on a flat plain, but it's not. There are multiple loops and levels all connected by stairs. And the stairs... More 

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