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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 #13 of 190 attractions in San Antonio
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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tampa
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

The Japanese tea gardens I would imagine could be beautiful if the ponds were not stripped of their water and perhaps that they kept up on the gardening. I don't know if they were under some kind of renovation or not I just was okay. Also there were a lot of groups taking pictures so therefore you had to dodge... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Seems to be rather rundown compared to 5 years ago. Most ponds were drained very few floral. No signs around to explain if remodeling and no staff around to ask status.

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San Antonio, Texas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Near the zoo, this little beauty is worth a stop. Its construction is an amazing feat and it is a testament to vision and perseverance. Be sure to take in the history as well as the views. Its also a nice little hike through the grounds. You can complete the visit in an hour.

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San Antonio, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I visited the Tea Gardens a couple of years ago and it had been refurbished and looked awesome. Took family from out of town to visit in March and was sad to see that it is again falling into disrepair. One huge pond is again dry and apparently has a leak. The rest of the gardens look okay now but... More

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San Antonio
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

For the ones that like to walk and enjoy nature. Not very friendly if you have a wheel chair. there is not concession stand, so take snacks and water. The Zoo is across the street, so the area has lots to do.

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

The garden is nice, right near the zoo. While lovely, a few of the main pools were drained for repairs. Understandable that repairs are required, just letting others know when we were there they were still in work.

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Viola
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We enjoyed the trip via Via to the gardens and about an hour of walking and enjoying the day. The flowers were beautiful as were the Koi ponds.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I've performed three weddings at the Japanese Tea Gardens also know from my childhood and the "sunken" gardens. The place is looking really good. Cleaned up, thanks to renovations in 2011, makes this a delightful venue for small intimate weddings and accommodations for larger receptions for those who love the outdoors. Note: The beautiful waterfall location can be a challenge... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Very pretty, worth a stop if you are visiting the zoo as they are right next to one another. We visited in late March and it was pretty dead - not a lot of plants. The stonework and ponds were still beautiful and worth seeing. We spent about 20 minutes hiking around the grounds. I am sure it is gorgeous... More

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

When I got to the top of the stairs and looked out, I was in awe. Honestly this place does not look that "japanese" to me. Neither did I find it's main attraction to be the "gardens", however, the architecture of this place is simply magnificent. The stone work is amazing. I would love to see it again when more... More

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