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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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  • Average7%
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“old quarry” (46 reviews)
“koi ponds” (44 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

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

Thank hollytrea
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place is absolutely stunning and it is FREE. Beautiful garden with trails. You can sip tea from the shop or get a popsicle and just take in the view. This is a must do in San Antonio.

Thank Kimmyjonc
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Japanese Tea Gardens were simply beautiful. They were peaceful and tranquil. It was a lovely warm day with a light breeze and after completing our walk we sat and had a delicious lunch and tea as we just sat and enjoyed the natural beauty.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Japanese Tea Gardens... it has a history.. 2nd world war.. chinese took over.. nice place to spend some quality time with friends.. beautiful landscaping..

Thank saurabh2591
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Japanese Tea Gardens are a repurposing of an old limestone quarry and has a fascinating (and sad) place in US history. The gardens are beautiful, have no entry fee, and provide an amazing escape close to downtown San Antonio.

Thank kathryncurrier
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't expect much from a free city park. We were pleasantly surprised! This is a beautiful park and well worth a visit. Plan on an hour, or a bit more if you want to enjoy the cafe.

Thank Robert J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting there was so beautiful. The pond, waterfall, flowers and main building. There is only one thing wrong. There are many stairs with no railings. Sorry, but this is not the place for anyone with walking or balancing problems. There is a ramp at the...More

Thank Bettie K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful quiet spot. Great for meditation. Wonderful free attraction. Enjoyed this area while visiting San Antonio.

Thank ditter982
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there on a Sunday so it was crowded. This garden is in a old quarry. It is free and if you are into gardens, you definitely should put this on your list. I had a little trouble getting around only because the walkways...More

Thank arithecat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Never did expect to see such a beautiful place in the middle of no where. So relaxing could have spent a wgole afternoon here. No words to express how beautiufl it was. A must see.

Thank Dolores W
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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.