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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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Very nice and beautiful grounds, very well manicured and peaceful. However, it looks like they are undergoing some minor renovations. Still nice to visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Hamilton, Bermuda
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288 reviews 288 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Very nice and beautiful grounds, very well manicured and peaceful. However, it looks like they are undergoing some minor renovations. Still nice to visit.

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Italy, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

So beautiful, peaceful, and serene. Plant variations along with differing elevations and geological exposures is overwhelming. Could visit different times of the year and see something different every time.

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

It is not what I expected. Tea is served in plastic cups. The taste was good though. The surroundings are nice and the restrooms are clean. However, it had more the "fast food" appeal to me. If you are in the area, it is a nice stop but not worth to go the extra mile.

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San Antonio, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

very beautiful place. The City and Parks department has done a great job with landscaping and waterfalls. Now, it has a nice place to get something to drink or eat..called JINGU HOUSE...a must place to see the inside walls and read the history of that family that lived there. The pond is back and the city has made the parking... More 

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Clifton, Tx
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108 reviews 108 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Not as well maintained as it was in the past, but still a great place to take the kids and grandkids. Thanks to San Antonio for providing this wonderful water-filled plants and fishes walking experience.

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I've read about this place before going, but didn't expect to see anything that gorgeous! It's a big space with thousands of little details. Looks very green even in December - now plan to revisit in spring / summer to enjoy blooming. Also, saw several cats who seemed to be living there!

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Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I highly recommend stopping by and enjoying some solo time here. It was great for me to come here to be alone and think during the middle of our family vacation (might sound strange but necessary for everyone to have "down time"). The paths are paved. Trees and flowers are beautiful. There also large Koi fish in a pond area... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This attraction is in renovation for some time now!I am sure it will be beautiful when it is finished!They should advertise this fact more clearly, because people will get disappointed!

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Corpus Christi, TX
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Japanese Tea Gardens are within walking distance from the Zoo. A lovely place to have a light lunch overlooking the gardens. Some ups and downs walking through the place, but well landscaped and a real treat.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This place was in a bit of repair when I visited with drained ponds, beer bottles and trash on one side, and nicely planted arrangements on the other side. It wasn't much of a Japanese garden but could be a nice sunken garden if they finish the project. Given the heat in San Antonio, it's hard to image a Japanese... More 

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