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Japanese Tea Gardens

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Neighbourhood: Uptown Broadway
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Address: 3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone Number: +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 gardens

I love these gardens and the way they are constructed with stones, Beware that there are many steps to walk on and at different levels and the pathways are stones with some uneven... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love these gardens and the way they are constructed with stones, Beware that there are many steps to walk on and at different levels and the pathways are stones with some uneven surfaces...but even if you just walk to the entrance and look down over the sunken gardens it is beautiful .

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Ancaster
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an attraction that is not too far from the River Walk but is light miles away as far as atmosphere is concerned. Beautifully maintained gardens that have reclaimed an old abandoned quarry. Very colourful and attractive and does not take up more than an hour or two. Very worthwhile to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you have time, the Japanese Tea Gardens is full of beauty and has a load of history. Lots of steps along the way but picturesque and relaxing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an absolutely beautiful place! On my list of "To Do's" while in San Antonio, and thankfully on the same street as the zoo!!! We were there about 10-15 minutes. Many ppl. taking specialty pics, engagement, Quiceanera, kids, etc. I would not travel from the River Walk area to this locale unless making a trip to zoo or really... More 

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San Antonio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Japanese Tea Garden will take you back in time. Stop to read the signs throughout to learn the history of this attraction. Very quiet and serene here. You'll leave here feeling a sense of peace.

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McAllen, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time visitor to the Tea Gardens. Kind of small with very little to see once you walk through front of the Gardens.

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a spectacular place to visit if you are in San Antonio. It's natural beauty is awesome. Please make sure you are aware of many steps and a lot of walking when you visit. It can be tiring for the older folks - even for those who need a little help. Take plenty of pictures - it is definitely... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The gardens were absolutely beautiful, the setting unique and the mango peach iced tea refreshing. Interesting history and what a way to transform an old rock quarry. Well worth the visit!

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Franklin, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I was delightfully surprised upon arriving at the Japanese Tea Garden for its uniqueness and design. I believe that it was built in the early 1900’s. It has winding pathways through lush landscaping, shallow ponds filled with koi fish (some extremely large), stone bridges to cross, its own waterfall, quaint sitting areas for reflection and relaxation, numerous spots for photo... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

These "gardens" are part of the Botantical Gardens. Nothing unique to see here. 10-minute from the Witte museum. Would skip this site.

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