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Japanese Tea Gardens

3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
+1 210-559-3148
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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“koi fish” (63 reviews)
“old quarry” (47 reviews)
“rock quarry” (41 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
Uptown Broadway
+1 210-559-3148
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Such a treasure in san Antonio. Amazing outdoor space with wonderful tranquility. A nice stroll with many beautiful photo opportunities.

Thank Tom C
Reviewed 4 days ago

The history of these gardens make them even more special. Take a moment to read the plaques . There are easy paths and difficult paths, so everyone can enjoy some part of this garden area. It is free with limited free parking at the lower...More

Thank Bob-a-Link
Reviewed 4 days ago

One of my favorite places that we went. Just so beautiful and tranquil! Really loved this place. Never expected to see anything like this in Texas!

Thank deborahcN4105RK
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful unique garden pretty trails,good for photos and interesting rock formations. Free to visit

Thank Jonsey453
Reviewed 1 week ago

How refreshing to find such an interesting and serene place to linger for free!?! It’s small and will only take 30 minutes or less to visit, but still worth it. Include it in with a visit to the zoo or Brackenridge Park walking trails. Better...More

1  Thank ZephyrFox
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a wonderful walk full of rock formations, waterfalls and beautiful garden plantings. A great place to get beautiful photos.

Thank Martie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We almost skipped this but I'm so glad we didn't. Beautiful flowers, peaceful and pretty trails, fish, ducks, and a very interesting background story about the family who built it. Make sure to read the plaque at the beginning.

2  Thank Yara A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hidden gem in San Antonio is near the zoo and Brackenridge Park. It's an old quarry turned into a massive koi pond with beautiful plants and water features. It's free to go there and has a wonderful place to get tea, lunch and light...More

Thank sharonsY4973HD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a gem! We decided to get away from the noise of the Riverwalk and are so glad we did. It was every bit as charming as previous reviewers noted. The landscape is well kept and beautiful. The history of the garden is interesting, so...More

1  Thank wbyers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After seeing some pretty pics online and having some time to waste while in the city, we drove out to the park to explore this Garden. It is really quite a beautiful area and glad we did. We felt like we left Texas for a...More

1  Thank hollytrea
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18 September 2017|
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Response from Miranda C | Reviewed this property |
You may wonder why the ornate entry gate at San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden instead says “Chinese Tea Garden.” The reason links back to a Japanese-American family who once lived in the garden, and altered forever by... More
31 July 2017|
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Response from matsusie | Reviewed this property |
In general I would say it is not. However, there is a ramp near where you park that would get you into the elevated portion of the garden. This gives you a fantastic view over the whole garden in a shaded pavilion area. this... More
Beth S
5 April 2017|
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Response from Hazel668 | Reviewed this property |
Best to call the place for picnics. There are small cafes for eating.