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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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Beautiful gardens. Unbelievable rock work done here. Be sure to bring camera. Hard to believe this was once a quarry.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Chatham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Beautiful gardens. Unbelievable rock work done here. Be sure to bring camera. Hard to believe this was once a quarry.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This park nestled inside the Brackenridge Park, next to the San Antonio Zoo is another one of the must see attractions of San Antonio. If you plan to visit the zoo, the Witte Museum, Brackenridge park for a picnic and the Japanese Tea Gardens allow at least a very long day or better yet two days. Don't forget to ride... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Nice to walk through. Not the most amazing park, but it's a nice inset of the larger Brackenridge Park. It is a different feel but definitely worth walking around in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My wife and I spent hours here looking at the different flowers and plants. The architecture was beautiful. We had such a great time. The tea shop was good but pricey. Great place to see beautiful gardens.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

The highlight of the garden for my kids were the rocks - looking over them, climbing on them, and finding more of them. The highlight for me was that te rocks and koi fish kept them entertained so that I could enjoy seeing all of the beautifully scaped gardens. Parking was free and easy to find, there are some great... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was an absolutely beautiful tea garden. It is fairly small so it was perfect for a hot Texas day. The garden is part of San Antonio park system so there is no admission charge. There is a cafe/bistro on site where you can purchase drinks and sandwich/salad type items. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I bring so if my visitors to see the tea garden. It is a breathtaking and peaceful place. You can stop by for a few minutes or stay to explore for a while. There is usually a bunch of Koi fish but the last time I went there weren't any. It doesn't take away from beauty of it.

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Leola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

For the plant lover, this is an ideal place to wander and observe the many plants as well as the architecture. We spent about half an hour here wandering and observing as well as photographing the many plants here.

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Stoneville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was one of the stops on out tour bus trip. The gardens were nice and the little gift shop has the most amazing lemonade and iced tea.

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Madison, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The gardens were in full bloom and very well kept. The views from the top before going down into the gardens were spectacular. We did enjoy a glass of lemonade which hit the spot even though it was $4 per glass. Whenever we return we will be sure to visit the gardens again.

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Address: 3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Uptown Broadway

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