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Japanese Tea Gardens

3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Uptown Broadway)
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As featured in 3 days in San Antonio
Ranked #19 of 200 attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Theaters
Activities: Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Right now I didn't understand if it was under construction or if the water was drained for another reason. All the water pools were empty. There were no koi fish either. There was one neat shaped structure in the middle and a thousand steps. I wanted to get some pretty pics with my nieces with some flowers but we never... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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158 reviews 158 reviews
44 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Cultural experience, unlike sights of alamo city. Near San Antonio Zoo, but inside Brackenridge Park. The " Tea Gardens" are tranquil and lush with exotic Florida like vegetation, an open air pagoda, koi ponds, stone bridges; and a 60 foot waterfall. Renovations underway in late May. We had lunch, near the entrance,at the, dingu House Cafe. Delightful, sandwiches, salads, bento... More

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Japanese gardens were a disappointment. They are very small and the gardens provided a small variety of plants.

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Coahoma, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We were really excited about this place, but the pools were all empty because of the drought and related water restrictions. Dissapointed but it was still pretty to see.

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Sweetwater
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I love this place. The history is tragic, but interesting. I love how it looks when it is full of water, but even during the renovation right now and no water, it is still a beautiful location. I would recommend this to anyone who visits San Antonio ranking as a top five place for me!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This could have been pretty... if there had been any WATER. I was disappointed that we drove here only to learn that it is under construction. It was dirty and unkempt.

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50 reviews 50 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The structure itself is remarkable. I could imagine this place being beautiful in Spring when everything is in bloom and the lake is full of water. Unfortunately the garden was under renovation and lake was being cleaned. Everything was dry and brown in July. Would go back another time.

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San Antonio, Texas
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17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful places in San Antonio, and is an excellent place for a walk, a picnic, or just to relax. It has been under construction for quite some time, but even so, it is still worth a look. Also, the waterfall at the back makes me feel like I'm in Jurassic Park trying to hide... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

What a neat spot to wander around. I wish they were done fixing up the ponds, how amazing it would be with the water and fish!

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Chambery, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Mineral garden, great fishes (Koï) and turtles. Have a drink at the tea house ! Great place when the weather is hot.

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