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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 #18 of 198 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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Sweetwater
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

My wife and I love this place. The history is tragic, but interesting. I love how it looks when it is full of water, but even during the renovation right now and no water, it is still a beautiful location. I would recommend this to anyone who visits San Antonio ranking as a top five place for me!

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This could have been pretty... if there had been any WATER. I was disappointed that we drove here only to learn that it is under construction. It was dirty and unkempt.

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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The structure itself is remarkable. I could imagine this place being beautiful in Spring when everything is in bloom and the lake is full of water. Unfortunately the garden was under renovation and lake was being cleaned. Everything was dry and brown in July. Would go back another time.

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San Antonio, Texas
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95 reviews 95 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful places in San Antonio, and is an excellent place for a walk, a picnic, or just to relax. It has been under construction for quite some time, but even so, it is still worth a look. Also, the waterfall at the back makes me feel like I'm in Jurassic Park trying to hide... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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35 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

What a neat spot to wander around. I wish they were done fixing up the ponds, how amazing it would be with the water and fish!

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Chambery, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Mineral garden, great fishes (Koï) and turtles. Have a drink at the tea house ! Great place when the weather is hot.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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