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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 #13 of 190 attractions in San Antonio
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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Dallas, Texas, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

The garden is nice, right near the zoo. While lovely, a few of the main pools were drained for repairs. Understandable that repairs are required, just letting others know when we were there they were still in work.

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Viola
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the trip via Via to the gardens and about an hour of walking and enjoying the day. The flowers were beautiful as were the Koi ponds.

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San Antonio, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
38 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I've performed three weddings at the Japanese Tea Gardens also know from my childhood and the "sunken" gardens. The place is looking really good. Cleaned up, thanks to renovations in 2011, makes this a delightful venue for small intimate weddings and accommodations for larger receptions for those who love the outdoors. Note: The beautiful waterfall location can be a challenge... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Very pretty, worth a stop if you are visiting the zoo as they are right next to one another. We visited in late March and it was pretty dead - not a lot of plants. The stonework and ponds were still beautiful and worth seeing. We spent about 20 minutes hiking around the grounds. I am sure it is gorgeous... More

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

When I got to the top of the stairs and looked out, I was in awe. Honestly this place does not look that "japanese" to me. Neither did I find it's main attraction to be the "gardens", however, the architecture of this place is simply magnificent. The stone work is amazing. I would love to see it again when more... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Visited after a long day at the Riverwalk, the quiet was nice and enjoyable. Wish the flowers were in bloom more, but very nicely decorated.

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Seattle
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

In March there were very few plants so our visit was bland. We could however appreciate all the stone work and peacefulness of the area. The tea shop is good with friendly staff where you can learn about the interesting history of this spot. Next to the zoo

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

we had just visted the zoo so we walked over, it was a perfect day weather wise, my only dissappointment was that alot of the flowers hadn't bloomed yet and the water was very low. I would go back again and stop at the tea room.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I went here this weekend with some cousins and my 2 younger boys and really enjoyed it. Lots of beauty and architecture of the place is great! The kids loved the gigantic..and I MEAN gigantic koi that lived there as well as the ducks and turtles everywhere. I CAN say that I think the place could be maintained better however... More

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momsus5
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This is a tranquil site where one may reflect and/or take a book and just be in tune with nature as one reads peacefully. There is lots to learn or teach the children as well; habitats, environment, stewardship, history, Creation.

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