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Japanese Tea Gardens

3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Uptown Broadway)
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Ranked #21 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Love spending time at the Japanese gardens- it is so very peaceful! Great to take out of town visitors for a stroll and end up at Brackenridge park.

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San Antonio, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A multitude of beautiful gardens, fish ponds & great settings for pictures, weddings & getting away from the hustle bustle of the day.

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San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Fun for families and photographers. Lots of landscapes to get great Prom/Family/Wedding pictures (all three were happening when we were there). Terrain not really accessible for wheelchairs except in top area.

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London, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

You have to pay $8!for the ticket if you are not a resident, but it's worth it. The garden is beautifully designed, with Japanese buildings, temple, bridges and colorful fishes. But you should definitely taste their teas. They have a few Japanese and Chinese tea and when you order they bring it in a glass. I recommend their Jasmine tea,... More

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The layout and design of the garden is picturesque and makes you feel like you're in a different country or a different world. It's always fun to see the couples there taking wedding photos as well. Great for walking off a large meal or just a relaxing stroll. So much to take in and smell, delightful.

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Arecibo, Puerto Rico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

First of all, what graden? There was one, not now..Stone structures are nice but the should close the place, plant something and then reopen.

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Louisiana
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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

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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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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