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Japanese Tea Gardens

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Address: 3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
Phone Number: 2105593148
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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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The waterfall is beautiful

Me and my family took a recent vacation to San Antonio and I remembered this garden from awhile back on a childhood vacation. it is very peaceful and a great place to take... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Me and my family took a recent vacation to San Antonio and I remembered this garden from awhile back on a childhood vacation. it is very peaceful and a great place to take pictures. It has a waterfall and bridges and beautiful flowers. We didn't venture too far because there are cats that reside here as well. However there is... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Spectacular and beautiful. Free. Never seen something like this. Stop by the little eatery and get some great sushi when you finish touring

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Awesome place in the Desert! Very beautiful, wonderfully landscaped! They have a tiny restaurant that serves finger foods...we ordered the cheese and fruit tray...very tasty! Wouldn't recommend going during the heat of the day. Doesn't cost anything unless you eat something. This place is worth the distance....

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Nice place but small. In June the gardens were nice but probably not at their best. Be prepared for climbing stairs and exercise.

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Waxahachie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The Japanese Tea Gardens are free to the public. This is a beautiful place. There is a small cafe there also if you need drinks or snacks. There is a beautiful pond with nice landscaping. There is also a stone pavilion overlooking the pond. I recommend a visit here.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I flew into SA and went to Corpus for a friend's wedding. I had some time to kill before my flight back home and was looking for something to do. I lived in SA for about 3 years, but never got around to visiting anything much outside of the Riverwalk and downtown. I saw amazing pictures of the garden and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I like to walk around over here it can be oh so relaxing. The grounds are nice to look at. You can make a picnic out of it and it is also close or walking distance to the train and San Antonio Zoo.

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Beautiful and relaxing place. Kids had a great time. Awesome place to take pictures. The tea was also excellent.

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Sheffield Lake, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We decided to go here after we kind of ran out of things to do. Our expectations were low all the way up until we walked through the main gate. This place was amazing, it definitely felt like we were walking through a foreign country side.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Beautiful place. The nature the plants the structure is just absolutely beautiful. Even if you are not a professional photographer pictures will come out stunning.

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