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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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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 yesterday via mobile

I hadn't heard of this place before we arrived in San Antonio, and this garden was a hidden gem, complete with walkways, waterfalls, and beautiful scenery. There are no guardrails and this place isn't accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. It's a beautiful spot! The restrooms...More

Thank goodeye_buddy
Reviewed 3 days ago

After ascending the stairway, one is treated with a view of a rock quarry that was converted into a beautiful sunken garden with a Japanese theme. Visitors can walk the pathways, descend the stairways, and walk along the different sections and beside the waterfall. It...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful and very different. Recently renovated so is new. Food and tea are very good. Just check the hours. In the late spring is best to go because the flowers are in-bloom or early summer.

Thank atr2b1218
Reviewed 5 days ago

The San Antonio Japanese Tea Gardens showcases beautiful flowers, landscapes, koi ponds, and buildings. Truly lovely.

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Open to the public at no charge. However, it can be leased out by section and by the hour. We arrivived during a wedding which made difficult parking even more difficult! Did not see any parking for disabled. Kids were running amok and some parents...More

Thank snafudesert
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Japanese Tea Garden is a garden filled with plants, flowers, water falls, a pond, fish, and lots of Japanese style architecture. It's not very big and maybe takes 20-30 minutes to walk through. Admission is free. Parking is free. Very gorgeous. A great place...More

Thank Lisamg01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have visited many botanical gardens and the Japanese Tea Gardens are by and far the most beautiful and well kept gardens I have ever seen. Free!! The waterfall is terrific, paths lines with varies plants, bamboo and trees. The pond is stocked with Koi...More

Thank TexanTravels22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I'm glad we saw the Tea Gardens, we picked a tough day to do it. We arrived mid day on a very hot and humid Labor Day, and the place was packed. We had a family member in her mid 90s who uses a...More

Thank TravelingFan22
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see if you like pretty gardens. There's a waterfall, flowers, gold fish, bridges, wonderful art work from rocks. A great place for photos!!

Thank Diane C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We lived in San Antonio for 30 years before finally visiting the Tea Gardens. What a beautiful spot! Great for photography! It is free and opposite the entrance of the Zoo.

Thank T3457ROjerryh
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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.