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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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We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here - viewing different plants & flowers, koi fish, turtles, waterfall, etc. The weather was extremely hot which reflected in some of the plants... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here - viewing different plants & flowers, koi fish, turtles, waterfall, etc. The weather was extremely hot which reflected in some of the plants. I would like to return here in the future, probably the spring season before the weather is so hot.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Most interesting adventure, walk and relax in this peaceful location. Suprises at every turn, beautiful plants and stone work. Don't miss it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Whether you're a tourist or not, walk through the sunken gardens. It's near the San Antonio Zoo, Breckenridge Park and other wonderful places, centrally located. The gardens have been here for a long time (before WWII for sure) and have undergone some upgrades and upkeep. Enjoy

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

My kids loved it, my husband and I couldn't believe how beautiful it is. Would definetely recommend visiting while going also to the zoo, that is close by.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We went in March when it was raining/cold and the pond and waterfall were being serviced. Not great planning on my part but we still really enjoyed this place! Very peaceful, nice little winding path that takes you between the ponds over a bridge, passed the waterfall area. A lot of effort went in to this place and it's really... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Loved it all. Great for pictures. There's a waterfall and very large pond, bridges and a coffee shop on site. There's a lot of stairs there so please keep that in mind. Only negative is the humidity, if you are there in the summer you will feel like you're melting. Highly recommend this place. 😅

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antiquebeak
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We stopped in given its proximity to the Zoo and am so glad we did. The garden features winding paths that are both high and low with the focal point being a pagoda on high and a waterfall and pond below. There are numerous tropical plants and the setting is quite serene with Koi fish in the pond. (I sooo... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Happy memories for me here. The gardens are always clean. Perfect for pictures. It's nice and relaxing to walk around the gardens, see the fish and take pictures.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Small tiny garden that will last about 15min of your time. Has a lot of Koi fishes. Nice place but if you miss it, it's not a big deal, LOL The good thing it's free

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Universal City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This is a beautiful gem in San Antonio! I went with my friends, never having been before and felt so relaxed. It's a stunning atmosphere and the waterfall is a nice touch!

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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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