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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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Beautiful and serene

The gardens are beautiful. Enjoyed a nice walk, saw the pretty waterfall, koi and turtles. Not a large garden but worth the visit and it is free. The old quarry buildings are... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are beautiful. Enjoyed a nice walk, saw the pretty waterfall, koi and turtles. Not a large garden but worth the visit and it is free. The old quarry buildings are still there and would be nice if they were restored and were setup like the were when the quarry was opened. It would enhance the learning experience.

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Maui, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Rented some bikes downtown and biked all the way here. On second thought, that probably wasn't the best idea. It was a little further than we thought, it was hot, when we got there there were tons of stairs, then you walk all around the gardens and then had to bike back. We were tired! But it was fun, we... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

These gardens are very unusual, if not unique, in the U.S. Follow the winding paths down into the old limestone quarry converted into a Japanese Tea Garden in the early 1900s and enjoy the ponds with Koi fish, the flower gardens, the overhanging trees and the waterfall (over 25 feet). However, the paths are not suitable for someone using a... More 

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savannah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This site that was once home to a quarry and cement plant was transformed into a beautiful tea garden. The history of the site, which is described in historical markers in the garden, makes you appreciate the gardens even more.

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Michigan
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This tea garden is connected to the botanical gardens which is a must see....waterfalls, bridges- just gorgeous...

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I ALWAYS bring visiting family and friends to the Sunken Gardens. It remind's me of Alice in Wonderland! There are trails that go up and down and all around! There is even a waterfall. You'll be surrounded by beautiful plant's flowers & Koi fish! By the end you'll be thirsty. Sit down at the lovely snack bar and tell your... More 

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Boulder, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A beautiful, quiet spot and did I mention it is free? You can walk almost all the way to the Gardens from the central River Walk area; the last mile or so is off the River Walk so take a map or have a useful smartphone app like CityMaps2Go to navigate the last off-River Walk section. The walk along the... More 

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited this place on a Saturday. It was very busy and there were a lot of people getting photographs taken- so that was kind of a pain because by walking through the garden, we kept having to interrupt their sessions. I've been to many other Japanese Gardens and I be honest and say that this is the least 'Japanese'... More 

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Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very nice, peaceful and quiet place to spend some time at. Is well maintained and close to the entrance of the botanical garden.

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens are nice for about a week on April.Then the heat ruins it. Even when it's cooler there isn't much here. You'll see it all in 15 minutes.

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