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Japanese Tea Gardens

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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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Loved the whole place. Couldn't believe it was free. Great place to take pictures. The ponds were a little yucky. Probably from all the rain. Lots of steps. Loved all the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Loved the whole place. Couldn't believe it was free. Great place to take pictures. The ponds were a little yucky. Probably from all the rain. Lots of steps. Loved all the different viewing areas.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

An absolute treasure of a find. We visited here on the morning that we left San Antonio and we were so glad that we took the time to see it. It is how I pictured Eden would be like.

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Miami, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Not really much to see. The water seemed dirty. However, it is free. The food at the cafe there was pretty tasty!

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This was a free attraction in San Antonio where you can take some beautiful photos. Plan to spend about an hour here. It is easily walkable but probably not wheelchair accessible as there are some stairs. Located near the zoo.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This was really beautiful and a must for anyone visiting to see. It was very well maintained and had some fantastic views!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A must do. Leave the strollers behind. I would come back a hundred times more. Make sure you have plenty of battery for photos and video.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Went here a couple of times just to walk around and look at the gold fishes. There's lots of them and they are huge. The place is neat and well kept.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We originally planned a separate visit to see the tea gardens but when we saw how close it was to the zoo we swung in. Absolutely stunning. It's free to get in. A heads up if your not sure footed be careful going down by the waterfall there are lots of steps that are irregular and uneven. After our walk... More 

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West Salem, WI, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was so beautiful, waterfall, ponds, bridges, and all. Very worth the stop. Easy walk made it so convenient, even with a cane.

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I love this place with all the ponds. It's so nice to walk and watch the fish and turtles. It's a beautiful creations from and old quarry. The last time I was there it was a little sad because there was much less water and many of the ponds were dry.

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