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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
Phone Number: 2105593148
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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A pleasant walk you will remember

What a find! Set in an abandoned cement quarry, you will not believe the beauty you will find. Easy to locate, adjacent to the zoo..walk through at a leisurely pace and let the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Indianapolis, Indiana

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a find! Set in an abandoned cement quarry, you will not believe the beauty you will find. Easy to locate, adjacent to the zoo..walk through at a leisurely pace and let the cares of the world drift away.Walkways with short walls to keep the small ones in place, benches to sit on and reflect on life. Cool bridges, and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the most peaceful experiences you can have in San Antonio. Enjoy history, architecture, and nature all in one experience.

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

WE had not been here in a couple of decades. The water was running, big Koi fish swimming, the paths were repaired and it is beautiful. I was very pleased to see the care that the place has received. There were art students there the day we visited. Great place to sketch. Fantastic for photos, bring the family. Allow at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful, serene of places that I have visited. I felt as if I were transported to a place in the Far East seeing the torii game entrance. You forget that you're in Texas. Excellent place for families.

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Easton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped visiting the Tea Gardens when they fell into disrepair. So happy to see they've been restored and cared for once again. Just beautiful and so unique to the City. If you're in Brackenridge Park to visit the zoo it's an easy walk and well worth the time.

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent about an hour walking around. We enjoyed it and tha grandchildren loved all the large fish and climbing the rocks!! Cafe there if you wish to have a drink or bite to eat.

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Natalia, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will not be disappointed, the Japanese Tea gardens are beautiful with flora and fauna right now. I photograph individuals for graduation, and birthdays and this is a great spot to bring the family. Also bring your tennis shoes there are trails that you can walk. It is a great adventure spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tea Japanes gardens in San Antonio though not very large or sprawling are most exquisite and inviting place in this part of the world. Made in the bosom of a leftover mines, the place is full of small pathways, pools, stairs and undulating terrain sorrounded by beautiful shrubs,Waterfalls, excellent plants and an exquisite restaurant at the entrance.

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Westerville, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took a limo tour of San Antonio and our driver stopped at the Tea Gardens. It was a treasure. What a beautiful concept. Would love to see a wedding at this location.

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Ocala, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It s a little too far to walk from the center of the riverwalk, but if you have a car and a little extra time you should go. Even though it looked a little bit more impressive from the pictures I've seen, I went in December, so it was kind of monochromatic.We still enjoyed our walk around.

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