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Japanese Tea Gardens

3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Uptown Broadway)
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$59*
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Ranked #19 of 135 Attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Theaters, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Fee: No
Owner description: Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation...
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Type: Gardens, Theaters, Outdoors
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 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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Houston, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

It seems like i have entered in rock garden instead of Japanese Tea Garden. I been to Japanese tea garden in San Francisco but this is totally different. We been to Jinga cafe situated on the top and had green tea. No entry or parking fee.

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Ridge, New York
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34 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Great half day trip to just relax. The flower and rock gardens are very impressive. Being outside in the sun a hat and sunglasses are recommended. Some steep rock stairs so wear your sneakers. A really nice small tea house with outside deck area for a cool exotic flavored refreshments. If your looking for a break from the hard core... More 

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Athens, Ohio
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Wasn't sure what to expect, but when we approached the top to enter the main area, it really took my breath away. A stunning place for photos, quite meditation or just a leisurely stroll.

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San Antonio, Texas
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128 reviews 128 reviews
47 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I've been to the gardens dozens of times over the past 20 years. It's always been a great escape for me. It's one of the few places in SA which make you think you are somewhere else. Over the years, the city has tried to maintain it and have done a good job. Could always be better but maybe that's... More 

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Westmont, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Parking is limited but we were able to get a spot perhaps because the tea house is under redo. The ponds had water but no fish due to construction. The walks were quite nice. I'm rating it high because I see the potential if everything were open. When construction is complete, go for it.

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San Antonio, Texas
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Beautiful plants and garden setting. Peaceful atmosphere and great area to take family pictures. Want to try the restaurant on our next visit.

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La Vernia, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Such lovely gardens! There are not words to express but a long breath of aaahhhhh! You would not want to miss this sight in san Antonio.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It is a very beutiful place And it is a free It is close to other parks .....................................................

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I have visited this garden twice before and they didn't have the tea house open but the gardens were beautiful with the water features even though there weren't many things blooming. This time the water was all gone and nothing was blooming. The tea house was open but we didn't stay. It was very stark and almost depressing

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The gardens are under construction, from what I gathered, for a long time. There is no water in the ponds which would have been amazing to see. It's a neat place to visit, doesn't take much time, and is free, but I'd sure like to see it when the work is finished. Then I could probably rate it Excellent. Do... More 

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