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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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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 4 days ago

The Japanese Gardens are not something you would expect to see in the Southwest. But they are beautiful to see. it's a nice place to relax for a few minutes with a cup of tea. Not really an active place but if you like greenery,...More

Thank schwekye
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went there on Fathers Day in the evening. It's such a unique place - in a quarry! Lovely plantings, lots of koi and beautiful bridges. The centerpiece of the garden is a charming waterfall. The only negative was lots of trash on the trails....More

Thank Mayandollar
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This attraction is just fabulous! It is an amazing serene green space which is immaculately maintained. You will enjoy wandering around the beautiful sunken gardens bursting with all kinds of native & imported blooms. Kids will love the koi fish & spotting turtles in the...More

Thank 4_Aussies_in_Texas
Reviewed 6 days ago

I love taking pictures so I naturally thought I'd see butterflies at this place. What I saw was beautiful flowers, gorgeous bodies of water, rock gardens and mainly peace. This is a great place for beautiful photos of the landscape or of your loved ones...More

Thank n0rmalyndaz
Reviewed 6 days ago

This garden is stunningly beautiful. There are so many spots for good photos, with the waterfall, the bridge, the gazebo . . . . I would have gladly paid to visit but it was free! If you like nature and peaceful walks, this is the...More

Thank mhedal
Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing how someone had the insight to turn an old rock quarry and kiln into such a beautiful and serene spot of magnificent beauty.

Thank Maxine R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed watching the waterfall, the flowers were beautiful. Included a walking trail the see the sites from many angles.

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was very shocked at how nice the Tea Garden is. Pictures do not do it justice. It was in the upper 90s the day we went so waking by the waterfall and the breeze walking through was very refreshing.

1  Thank Mary M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live in San Antonio and decided to venture out this evening for a walk through the Japanese Tea Gardens. What a pleasant surprise! Make sure to read the dedication plaques which give you the history and take time to stroll down to the old...More

Thank PenTexTravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can spend an hour or two for free walking around this beautiful garden. Some of the paths are easier than others, so choose your walk carefully. Garden offers a little cafe with outdoor seating. There is also a covered pavilion, but no seats. Don't...More

Thank Jaci405
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Beth S
Is this a place I can bring a picnic too? Are there spots that my kids could sit and eat?
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.
how far is it from central San Antonio/river walk
7 February 2017|
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Response from hrider602016 | Reviewed this property |
It is not in walking distance but a short taxi ride.
Denise S
Is it good to go in February? Or just sad and no green at all?
25 January 2017|
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Response from Mike N | Reviewed this property |
Anytime is worth a visit.