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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 202 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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Louisiana
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192 reviews 192 reviews
58 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The waters were receded for construction, but the pathways rock gardens, rock bridges, shelters, features, and cacti were all very fascinating. I must go back when it re-opens after construction is completed.

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Miami, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I wasn't as excited as my wife and 3 year old. But on the way to restroom we found a porter-potty with was unexpected in such a beautiful garden. Other than that it was very nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

All of it is beautiful from all the plants to the trees and even the coi ponds that they have there.

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San Diego, California
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38 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very pretty.....worth the trip.....you can spend as long or as little time walking around enjoying the flowers and plants as you like......great pictures so take your camera

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A must stop for everyone staying in San Antonio. A definite hidden gem! A large garden with a beautiful bridge overlooking the water fall. As well as massive koi fish. Not something you would expect to see in San Antonio!

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Irving, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Last October my Fiancée and I came here and we were pleasantly surprised! The tea was delicious, and fairly priced. It was a cute little café on top of the hill. We walked around and fed the Koi, We went in October, and the weather was warm and beautiful. Admission was free, and we would honestly pay to see it... More

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Seymour, Connecticut
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11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The masonary work is very interesting and impressive by scale, but the numerous water features were all dry due to a leak (so we were told). It seems like it's been in this condition for some time now so I would call be for I went to check on the status. Otherwise, I wouldn't go out of my was to... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Love to visit in cooler parts of the year! Take time to sit and enjoy the beautiful plants, unique rock formations, ponds, waterfalls...a bit of peace and beauty in the midst of busy San Antonio!

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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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4 attraction reviews
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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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