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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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BEAUTIFUL

What a beautiful space. Enjoy a light lunch, and peer out over a very beautiful setting. The walk around takes about 20 minutes and it is worth the time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Lambertville, New Jersey
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Lambertville, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful space. Enjoy a light lunch, and peer out over a very beautiful setting. The walk around takes about 20 minutes and it is worth the time.

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Irving, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This is a cool place to visit and get a good walk in at the same time! There is a lot to see, plenty of steps to walk up and down, and enjoy nature!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This place was absolutely stunning. We walked around just admiring every inch of the garden and then stopped in at the small cafe for tea. The staff was extraordinarily polite and friendly. There were a decent amount of people here but there are so many paths that you never feel crowded.

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Orange County, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

There is a lovely, shaded lookout over the gardens, but the gardens themselves have LOTS of stairs, so not good for handicapped or strollers. The ponds are dry/under construction at this time. The price was right -free! I'll plan to go back when the ponds are full.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Nothing like a real Japanese tea garden. Most of the flowers and plants are typical Texas. Pools were empty except for a bit of dirty rain water. Very little shade. Hot and dusty rather than peaceful.

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San Antonio, Texas
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Just a few steps away from the San Antonio Zoo, the Japanese area gardens have some of the most beautiful flora in the city all in one place. Wonderful venue to take lots and lots of pictures with the ivy covered bridges and exotic backgrounds. Be forewarned though. Limited parking at the venue and if you have a "professional" camera,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Tea house- under renovation in July 2014. Can imagine this is beautiful in spring with water and flowers in bloom. The structure itself is is quite impressive. The cafe is small there are a few selections, but it's pricey. Did not go to the zoo. Nice kiddie train ride around the park grounds. Did not see any bathroom facilities and... More 

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Suffern, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This is a nice and free walk through some beautiful gardens. The views are great for some photos. It doesn't take long to walk through but we then walked down the path which connects to the zoo. Depending upon how slowly you want to take time to walk through I can't see spending more than 15 minutes to an hours... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Haven't been to the Tea Gardens in many years, since they've begun their renovations. My sister and her husband were visiting for my Birthday a few weeks ago, so we played tourist and took the afternoon to stroll the gardens. The sight is still undergoing work and most of the ponds aren't finished yet, but I forgot how beautiful the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The tea gardens are just a nice relaxing place to go and enjoy! with a little pond plans and a little waterfall its a wonderful place to take pictures with a little cafe on the property!

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