Japanese Tea Gardens
Japanese Tea Gardens
4.5
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • Christy M
    Molena, Georgia41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it. Beautiful and unexpected.
    Escape the heat with unexpected beauty. Another must see. It is about a $10 Uber ride from South Town, and definitely worth it. There are plenty of stairs to climb if you like to get steps in, like me. Also, there are plenty of shady spots to escape the heat. Loved it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Ronald B
    Arlington, Virginia3,618 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit to the Japanese Tea Garden
    Japanese Tea Garden/Brackenridge Park I took a guided tour of the Japanese Tea Garden/Brackenridge Park in San Antonio. It was interesting to see what someone was able to do with an old rock quarry. Lots of beautiful waterscapes, plants, fish in a peaceful, calming environment. Some walking required.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 24 July 2023
  • AjayJM
    Plano, Texas176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to miss this
    This is my personal favorite of places to visit in San Antonio. I would rate this as # 1 place to visit. The garden is so nicely done that it amazes me all the time. The structures, the garden layout, fishes, turtles, trees, waterfalls, bridges, it has it all. NOT TO MISS in San Antonio
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Extraordinary562480
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful garden
    We visited this garden as a family. Easy parking, although I’d imagine it gets full quickly on busy days as it is quite small. Walkable for little people’s legs and plenty to keep them interested, spotting for lizards, butterflies and koi in the pond. Lovely cafe and friendly staff, make sure you stop for some refreshment!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • TorontoDiver
    54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great place to gather ideas for your own garden, or just to relax and let the stress drain away.
    This is a must-do if you live a hectic life. The tranquillity and zen offered here is very peaceful. Even though many of the plants had finished their season, there were plenty of flowers still blooming and the atmosphere unhurried. The combination of greenery and water features is well balanced. They turned this old stone quarry into a wonderful attraction. Some parts are not accessible for those with mobility challenges but a great deal of it is. We had two in our group on scooters and they got along just fine. The restaurant had delicious items and we did not leave hungry!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Odyssey716974
    Saint Augustine Beach, Florida11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice diversion.
    A nice little garden that is free to visit. A nice diversion that can be walked through in a hour or so. This harsh summer seems to have had an effect on the flora, but it is still worth the trip. Small but beautiful.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Regina C
    161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking views
    The tea garden was stunning. Very serene and gorgeous. The plants, wildlife, structures, falls, and koi - everything was lovely. The trails wind around and the views are lovely from any perspective. You will be glad you went.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 November 2023
  • pmlaque
    New Iberia, Louisiana106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Japanese tea Gardens
    The Japanese Tea Gardens were well worth seeing. I highly recommend it. Very close to the San Antonio zoo. Lots of parking. A snack bar and small restaurant are available,as well as, restrooms.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 9 March 2024
  • TravelBrianCO
    Pearland, Texas862 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem in the city
    A great change from the city. Fun to walk around and relax. It gets a bit busy so parking is a hassle and people taking professional photos slow the walk down. Well worth the visit. Free too.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 March 2024
  • Alicia K
    Frankfort, Illinois37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This was a pleasant surprise! We weren't sure quite sure what to expect, but were all wowed with the garden. What a gem nestled in San Antonio. You must visit. It is free and a short walk to the zoo if you are looking to visit that as well.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 March 2024
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PhlegmMaster
Phoenix, AZ4,661 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
My family and I visited these gardens and we truly admired the calming serenity of this locale.

A splendid spot to just relax and soak in the beauty.

Take your time to walk around and appreciate Life.
Written 27 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very pretty and relaxing! Take a nice walk and see the fish and turtles, then relax with a nice snack. So much beauty to see and enjoy. Great place to gather your thoughts. Highly recommend
Written 2 May 2024
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Cynthia U
Dallas, TX926 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Absolutely lovely any time of the year. the flowers are great and the dimensions of the garden are beautifully designed.
Written 24 April 2024
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dreamspeaker
Middleton, WI484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Really lovely gardens formed out of an old quarry. Lots of little side paths to explore, and paths on many levels. Flowers were blooming when we were there and smelled gorgeous. So many butterflies, birds, koi, and turtles. We really liked the big multi-level shelter because it was possible there to find a quiet place to sit out of the sun for a little bit. This doesn't look like much from the street, but once you get over the hill, you'll see it's gorgeous!
Written 22 April 2024
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Arielle
Mobile, AL117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Absolutely beautiful! I was very impressed with the Japanese Tea Gardens. The flowers, the small ponds, the waterfall, the hut, all of it is so pretty. There were multiple people there taking pictures (graduation photos, maternity photos, etc.), I know their pics are going to turn out amazing. 10/10 recommend! Great scenery, very peaceful. I’m sure my film camera pics are going to turn out great, as well.
Written 17 April 2024
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Phgn
Saint Louis, MO6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Japanese tea garden is amazing!! It looks so beautiful. It is a must see when you are visiting San Antonio and above all, it’s free. You feel like you are in a totally different world when you enter the place. We enjoyed our time there.
Written 5 April 2024
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Alicia K
Frankfort, IL37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was a pleasant surprise! We weren't sure quite sure what to expect, but were all wowed with the garden. What a gem nestled in San Antonio. You must visit. It is free and a short walk to the zoo if you are looking to visit that as well.
Written 30 March 2024
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TravelBrianCO
Pearland, TX862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
A great change from the city. Fun to walk around and relax. It gets a bit busy so parking is a hassle and people taking professional photos slow the walk down. Well worth the visit. Free too.
Written 29 March 2024
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pmlaque
New Iberia, LA106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
The Japanese Tea Gardens were well worth seeing.
I highly recommend it.
Very close to the San Antonio zoo.
Lots of parking.
A snack bar and small restaurant are available,as well as, restrooms.
Written 9 March 2024
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Beverly G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Have visited SA numerous times, but this was our first visit to the Japanese Tea Gardens. It was a gorgeous day and the paths and walkways were very serene, and beautifully engineered.
Written 8 January 2024
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