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“Beautiful place to walk around while having your tea. Unlike other Tea Gardens though, no real places to sit.” 4 of 5 stars
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Japanese Tea Gardens
3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212 (Uptown Broadway)
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$59*
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Ranked #24 of 327 things to do in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Hiking
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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 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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“Beautiful place to walk around while having your tea. Unlike other Tea Gardens though, no real places to sit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Many pools of Japanese carp and turtles. Beautiful park that seemed to spring up out of a carved rock face with waterfall.

There is a Jungo Cafe where you can get some really nice teas (singles to go) or sit down and have a large pot of jasmine tea.

One drawback is that it was all "paths" and therefore you spent most of the time walking around. No real places, like other tea gardens I've been, to sit, contemplate, meditate, and simply enjoy the space.

Visited February 2013
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“Incredible place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

You will be amazed by the fortitude that this family had who started this garden and what they went through to keep it in the family. The gardens are so peaceful its was still worth visiting in January even though there are no flowers or buds on the trees. As you walk around the grounds you can picture the family building each of the grottos that makes you want to sit and listen to the water. The ponds are full of hundreds of coy.

Visited January 2013
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“Nice place to take grandparents”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

We took or family here and they had a good relaxing time. There is good easy parking, lots of nice flowers.

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“Beautiful and unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We went here based on the TA recommendation and found it very nice. The fact that it is FREE does not hurt. This old quarry has been turned into a lovely set of gardens. I found it interesting that the wooden gate at the front says "Chinese Tea Garden" and we learned that they changed the name to "Chinese" in WWII when all things Japanese were not welcomed. How times have changed (for the better). This time of year there is not a lot blooming but there are some nice flowers and plants, and there are a good number of large koi in the ponds. Too bad there is a lot of mulch that has fallen into the ponds. The entire place is created and decorated with tons of rocks obviously from the quarry. A nice surprise in San Antonio.

Visited February 2013
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“Must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

This place was so beautiful! We went in February, so I'm sure there are better months to go, but the scenery was breath taking! Worth every penny! (It was free!) What any tourist loves to hear! We were only there for about an hour or so and it was the perfect spot to end the day. We took a lot of pictures! It would be a beautiful spot for a wedding! :)

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