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Japanese Tea Gardens

3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Uptown Broadway)
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Ranked #18 of 135 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Theaters, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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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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, Georgia, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Very pretty gardens with gorgeous flowers. Best part it is free. Really loved the architecture and simplicity of nature.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

for many, many years, we would come visit here, the kids would run and have fun on the many paths to different parts of the gardens...there are still a few hidden cats living there...spring and summer are best to visit, when the flowers are in bloom, you may see a wedding almost any weekend.....right next to the Zoo, & Free..its... More

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Brownsville, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It was free; several ponds & fountains ;lots of green trees & plants. A couple of stone pagoda buildings; lots of picture-taking places. Wouldn't drive 4 hours just for this, but we did not have a lot of time.

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San Antonio, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautiful walk. Lots of renovations going on right now (Fall 2014), and we can't wait to see how beautiful it will be when finished. Even without the renovations my wife wants to go back there for her birthday; very pretty place for a nice walk that's close to the zoo.

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San Antonio, Texas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We were at the Tea gardens last month and the lake was completely drained and looked like it was being repaired. Wait til it is completed before visiting

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Mobile, Alabama
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170 reviews 170 reviews
120 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed a visit to the gardens. Not much seating on hot days and the cafe on the grounds has signs that say seats are for customers only. So I bought a soda, a ridiculously overpriced can of soda, but hey they have to make a buck too I guess lol. The garden is a great experience and photo... More

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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97 reviews 97 reviews
67 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This was one of my favourites! It's only about an acre and a half, but there is SO much in it. Despite this, it's so well designed that it appears spacious and even though it was full of people it didn't seem crowded. Apparently there had been Koi in the pools at one time, but there weren't any when we... More

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Trondheim, Norway
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I went here in 2010. I was quite surprised when we entered, as I had imagined something less... thorough. The gardens are quite beautiful and relaxing, and an excellent little getaway from the busy streets.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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531 helpful votes 531 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

After the zoo, this property was refreshing and beautiful. There is an interesting historical plaque about how it had been renamed the Chinese garden after Pearl Harbor.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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14 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I won't say its not a nice park. But one expects a tranquil setting and opportunities for meditation, and neither were found. Perhaps I was just there at the wrong time of day (2pm). If I went again I would try earlier in the morning or later in the evening.

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