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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
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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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Peaceful, Quiet Spot to Enjoy

I took my two little boys to explore the paths at the Tea Gardens with a few friends, and we all loved it. The gardens have many water features and hidden paths that the boys... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2015
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McComb, Mississippi, United States
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McComb, Mississippi, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

I took my two little boys to explore the paths at the Tea Gardens with a few friends, and we all loved it. The gardens have many water features and hidden paths that the boys adored. I enjoyed the colors of the flowers and that it wasn't at all crowded. I can see going back with my husband for a... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

For more than 100 years the Japanese Tea Gardens have brought a peaceful beauty to this spot. As part of Brackenridge Park and near the entrance to the San Antonio Zoo, you can enjoy the tranquility of the waterfall. The beauty of the foliage. The peaceful meanderings of the koi fish. Bring your camera. You will take lots of photos!

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

A cool calm relaxing place to visit. Koi ponds, turtles, a nice waterfall. Excellent place to spend a little time just chilling out.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

The Tea Gardens are a little outside the Downtown/Riverwalk area but worth walking to. There is also a bus that passes this way (take this bus for the Zoo too). A nice tranquil spot for some peace and quiet. Needs more seating options in the Gardens.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

I've seen many Japanese gardens all over Japan and in other countries. This garden has absolutely nothing to do with a Japanese garden. Nevertheless, it is quite nice to look at. There is no fee. The parking lot is very small and we had problems to find a spot. 20 - 30 minutes are enough.

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Green Valley AZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

We went with Alamo tours the driver was informative and we found garden a nice stop. Was beautiful and clean; plenty of parking. Tea room was spotless and quality service and products!

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

These teach gardens are magnificent. Truth be told, I have never had the tea at the garden cafe, however, the gardens themselves are peaceful and serene. They are a romantic place to stroll and a great place to take kids- they love the shady trees and all the fish.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015 via mobile

This was such a cool place we stumbled on. It's free which is always a bonus! The paths are narrow and wind though this abandoned quarry turned tea garden. Some of the trails abruptly end, but it's so beautiful and the koi and turtles swimming in the pond were fun to watch. Definitely not worth doing with a stroller, it... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

This garden was a stop included on the San Antonio city tour. It's a pretty man made garden, but I wouldn't stay here for a long period of time. 30-40 minutes, fine. I can see why this is a spot for people taking pictures for weddings. The Koi fish ponds are nice, if you get too close the fish are... More 

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Shawnee, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

A nice place to visit if you have a couple of hours in San Antonio. Always interesting to see the people and the plants. Be sure to walk to the top (above the waterfall) to get good overall view.

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