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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 #17 of 196 attractions in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Gardens
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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Corpus Christi, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Close to the zoo. Is a japanese style garden located in an old quarry area. Ponds, koi, a nature trail around the top of the quarry. Best to visit in the spring or fall as summer is rather warm.. No vending or concession at this site I saw.

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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

If you want to relax, meditate, or take a pleasant walk, go to the Japanese Gardens and then sit outside and have a drink. The scenery is so peaceful. The food is okay. Do not go there for the high quality meal. The food is fine for what it is - a light fare, but the setting is so tranquil... More

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Dayton, Ohio
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This is really a calm and wonderful place. It's undergoing Renovations this summer. Maybe a revisit in early autumn.

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Reynosa, Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Even as is under reconstruction/remodeling, it's a beautiful place, take 30 minutes after or before you go to the SA Zoo, it's very close to it...

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Bedford, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

The Japanese Tea Gardens are pretty and peaceful, and a nice place to walk or climb. We stopped here during our Brackenridge Park train ride. With our children, we enjoyed a climb through the rocky landscape and foliage.

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Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a must!! Walking, Waterfall. So much to see. Eye candy. lots of plants, the views were pretty and changed when you walked further. Was relaxing.

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Louisiana
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61 reviews 61 reviews
30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a really neat place and has an interesting history. The rock formations are awesome. I would have given this one an excellent, but, the water pools are drained therefore the waterfall was dry.

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Ayton, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I would recommend seeing the Japanese Tea Garden. The buildings where interesting. The opportunity for good photos

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San Antonio
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Located right by the fabulous zoo, the gardens are free, beautiful and recently renovated. What makes them so pretty, besides all the flowers, is the waterfall and pools. There is an amphitheater where they have frequent festivals. I believe they are all free and you can buy food and drinks at the many stands.

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Niceville, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Basically walked in, looked around and took a short stroll through the main area and left. Mostly rocks and dirt. Very little flowers or greenery. Couldn't compare even remotely to any gardens we have been to before. Needs, MUCH improvement. Glad it was free or we would have been asking for our $ back.

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