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Japanese Tea Gardens

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Neighborhood: Uptown Broadway
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Address: 3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Hiking
Description: 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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Imagine a View of the Gardens from a Hot Air Balloon

I grew up in San Antonio and this place has always been a little wonderland set into the rocks of an old limestone quarry and developed into beautiful terraced gardens, waterfall... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

I grew up in San Antonio and this place has always been a little wonderland set into the rocks of an old limestone quarry and developed into beautiful terraced gardens, waterfall, and stone walkways around and over koi filled ponds. The large pagoda near the entrance is a timeless work of art and a welcome shade structure in the hot... More 

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Saint Francisville, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Very nice gardens and koi ponds. Wonderful walk through the flowers. Well maintained. The ponds were renovated in the begining of the year. Lunch at the tea house!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Built in an old quarry, the gardens are most unusual. A small garden but very much to see. Hopefully you'll get to see the garden cats too.

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Bridge City, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

It won't take long to see the whole thing, we were there for about an hour. But, this is a very worthwhile little trip. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places with an original late 1800s kiln that was part of the quary. It was less than 10 minutes from our hotel, no charge to get... More 

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Bargersville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Located right next to the zoo, the gardens are always hosting an event or wedding, so be prepared to find parking. The gardens are small, but there are many landscapes. A great place to sit and think, or wander with family

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The japanese tea garden is really beautiful. Everything is green and there is water with small and bigger fishes. You walk around there, over some small bridges, and you can take cool pictures there. You feel a bit like in a japanese jungle wich is really beautiful!

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful scenic place that makes you feel so serene once you walk on the property. The gardens are well kept and even offer rentals for private events such as weddings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing Scenarios. Very Relaxing in the hot summer. We could not had time to go over the walk. But good to visit this place.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here - viewing different plants & flowers, koi fish, turtles, waterfall, etc. The weather was extremely hot which reflected in some of the plants. I would like to return here in the future, probably the spring season before the weather is so hot.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Most interesting adventure, walk and relax in this peaceful location. Suprises at every turn, beautiful plants and stone work. Don't miss it.

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Address: 3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Uptown Broadway

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