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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 #19 of 201 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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San Antonio, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

At the park, there's plenty of free parking. The restaurant, though small, has an environment and cuisine that make that smallness enjoyable. Very attentive staff. Plenty of pictures hanging to capture your attention.

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San Antonio, Texas
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49 reviews 49 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Have never figured out why it's the Japanese tea garden when the builders were Chinese. Have gone here many times, it has more commercialized and taken away from the beautiful scenery. Definitely a go to if you are in the area.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The last time I went here was in the 1980s, it was truly the most beautiful thing I ever seen in my life. 30 years later I take a trip back to San Antonio, and it is now run down and doesn't look anywhere as nice as it used to be. I hope the renovations hurry up.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Lovely place to stroll near the zoo. I also enjoyed the tea house. It had lots of refreshing cold tea choices on a hot day.

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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Right now I didn't understand if it was under construction or if the water was drained for another reason. All the water pools were empty. There were no koi fish either. There was one neat shaped structure in the middle and a thousand steps. I wanted to get some pretty pics with my nieces with some flowers but we never... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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182 reviews 182 reviews
55 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Cultural experience, unlike sights of alamo city. Near San Antonio Zoo, but inside Brackenridge Park. The " Tea Gardens" are tranquil and lush with exotic Florida like vegetation, an open air pagoda, koi ponds, stone bridges; and a 60 foot waterfall. Renovations underway in late May. We had lunch, near the entrance,at the, dingu House Cafe. Delightful, sandwiches, salads, bento... More

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Japanese gardens were a disappointment. They are very small and the gardens provided a small variety of plants.

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Coahoma, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We were really excited about this place, but the pools were all empty because of the drought and related water restrictions. Dissapointed but it was still pretty to see.

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Sweetwater
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I love this place. The history is tragic, but interesting. I love how it looks when it is full of water, but even during the renovation right now and no water, it is still a beautiful location. I would recommend this to anyone who visits San Antonio ranking as a top five place for me!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This could have been pretty... if there had been any WATER. I was disappointed that we drove here only to learn that it is under construction. It was dirty and unkempt.

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