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Japanese Tea Gardens

Address: 3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Uptown Broadway)
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$59*
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Ranked #25 of 340 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Theaters, Nature & Parks, Theater & Concerts
Activities: Hiking
Fee: No
Owner description: Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation...
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Type: Gardens, Theaters, Nature & Parks, Theater & Concerts
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 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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Uvalde, Texas, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I went ahead and gave this 5 stars even though they are under construction at the moment. I knew this and still decided to go and it was really enjoyable. I can imagine how it will be when they're done with construction. I will visit again when they finish, but just an fyi there are a lot of stairs and... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Nice Japanese Garden if you're in the Breckenridge Zoo area. Unique. If you're into visiting pretty areas, tie this in with a visit to nearby McNay Art Institute (gorgeous grounds/Spanish -style donated mansion) and Landa library (another gorgeous Spanish style converted mansion). Great areas for taking family pictures with beautiful scenery and backdrops.

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San Antonio, Texas
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127 reviews 127 reviews
48 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

There have been signs of renovations for close to a year and I still haven't seen anything happening. Actually just gates going around the entire property is all that has happened. I t can be very beautiful, but not for a while!

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Alice Springs, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I always enjoying coming here to relax and walk around. It is free and a walk around only takes a short time. From here there are plenty of other things to do in the area from the zoo to hiking trails and golf courses.

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San Antonio, TX
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. If you are ever close I would greatly suggest that you stop and enjoy the beauty of nature. The Koi are soo... big! If you want to sit and stay for awhile you might bring a folding chair. There is not a lot of places to sit down.

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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313 reviews 313 reviews
130 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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25 helpful votes 25 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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