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Japanese Tea Gardens

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Neighborhood: Uptown Broadway
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Address: 3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
Phone Number: 2105593148
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation by...

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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Casual Sunday

Quiet and relaxing but not for the disabled. There are a lot of uneven paths and some are very narrow. Nice but not my cup of tea!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Seminole, Florida
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Seminole, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Quiet and relaxing but not for the disabled. There are a lot of uneven paths and some are very narrow. Nice but not my cup of tea!

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I are spending our vacation closer to home. We went to the Tea gardens on Tuesday. It has been a while since our last visit. The gardens were lovely as always. The waterfall was flowing. Ducks, turtles and koi were abundant. The water was clean and attendants were gardening. The only thing wrong, and it didn't bother... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

These gardens are far better than my original expectations. They are beautiful, and the path to walk around is amazing to achieve excelent pictures. If we consider also that this attraction is free, the experience in general is really good. Just have in mind that San Antonio is hot as hell in summer. Take your necessary measures to stay hidrated... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have been going to San Antonio for years and always said I should go see this but never did. Last weekend my husband and I drove down and went to see it. It is really amazing, especially since they took an old, abandoned rock quarry and turned it into this beautiful garden. There were a lot of people there... More 

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Rowley, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner here tonight and it was wonderful to have quality Chinese food right in our neighborhood! Our area is lacking in good Chinese food. I found the hot and sour soup to be especially delicious! Full of flavor! The fried rice is not the super greasy sticky stuff we are used to! Light and fluffy. Again, lots of flavor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very lovely! It is obvious that a lot of time and hard work has gone into this beautiful place. And, with that said, I am disappointed in the guests that find it "okay" to leave their trash all over the place! This is not a ding on the Garden but rather, the humans that are too lazy or inconsiderate to... More 

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Butler, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved visiting this beautiful garden. There is a gorgeous waterfall and amazing stonework everywhere. It was smaller than I imagined, but still worth a visit. I went on a Sunday and it was so busy. It was hard to get nice pictures with so many people around. I would recommend going on a weekday.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful landscapes and scenery. Wish it was bigger though. Very romantic. You'll want to visit in the early morning or evening hours when it's not hot. That's Texas though.

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Williston, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This would be a great place to just sit and relax, draw or paint. It's small but it's really beautiful. There's a waterfall and ponds with fish. We were there for a photo shoot and it was a great decision to use it because the background really gave the pictures a warm feel. In the summer you should go early... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Also, very beautiful and thought provoking. Love sitting here and thinking about life. Bring your camera though, it's hard to take a bad picture. Try to visit during the week for less crowds, or before lunch on the weekends.

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