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Japanese Tea Gardens

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3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
+1 210-559-3148
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
Uptown Broadway
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+1 210-559-3148
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"koi fish"
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"san antonio zoo"
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"walk around"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This venue is a FREE place to spend an hour. Parking, cafe on site, great spot for photos. No gift shop, sadly. May be a nice idea . Don’t come here when it’s hot, it’s really unpleasant. Restrooms on site. Could be more seating along...More

1  Thank 365giannad
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place was beautiful and serene. The view was rich in foliage and has a calming effect with the sound of water from the waterfall. The koi pond adds to its peace and beauty. It's a nice quick stop and is free to visit.

Thank LadyDolly4
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My wife found this place when searching for things to do while in San Antonio. We really like this place and it was free entertainment. You'll like it if you enjoy flowers and the outdoors.

Thank E3414GRmichaelm
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Reviewed 1 week ago

IT is spectacular, It is Free, It is small, and Gorgeous. A Fabulous place for family fotos. I'd go again.

1  Thank Gracie V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a beautiful area to visit. At one time years ago it used to be a hidden jewel as not many people knew about it. My recent visit was filled with a crowded parking lot and lots of people touring the gardens. Not...More

2  Thank zetagirl22
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended. Beautiful gardens with lush foliage and koi ponds. Free attraction. Good place to visit with older children. Also a nice waterfall to get a picture in front of.

1  Thank julius20
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tea Gardens are free and the landscaping is real lovely. There is a real nice tea house that also serves ice cream /lunch/ beverages. The only issue is every time I go I notice a lot of trash but overall it is worth a...More

1  Thank djv5000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

no really, when you turn the corner and see these gardens you will be blown away. we probably took more pictures here than anywhere else in san antonio. and its free!

1  Thank edgj
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are small but scenic and make a great quick stop! There is no entry fee, and they are located near other fun tourist attractions (such as the San Antonio Zoo). I did not personally visit the restaurant, but there is one at this...More

1  Thank kbed303
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you happen to be in the Zoo area, these gardens are also a good option to walk around and relax watching the koi fish and enjoying the vegetation and a small waterfall. Entrance is free and it takes around 15-20 minutes to walk around.

1  Thank davidmusi
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Allison M
March 17, 2018|
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Until 11:00 but varies so call
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February 2, 2018|
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