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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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Beautiful setting

This was a beautiful place to just walk around and enjoy the beauty of nature. The cafe has wonderful tea and cookies. I'm sure the did is good as well. I would NOT recommend... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Terrell, Texas
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Terrell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a beautiful place to just walk around and enjoy the beauty of nature. The cafe has wonderful tea and cookies. I'm sure the did is good as well. I would NOT recommend this place for young children. They would lose interest fast and the walkways are very steep. People without sure footing would not do well either. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Be sure to visit the Tea Gardens if you are in San Antonio. The close proximity to the zoo makes it an easy addition. So beautiful - a hidden gem!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Japanese Tea Gardens are a beautiful little retreat for the family. It is a fun activity for the family or a couple. It is tucked in San Antonio quite nicely and feels like you aren't in a large city at all. The garden isn't the best I've ever seen. It certainly has a good variety of plants but lots... More 

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Collinsville, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A small area free to the public, this garden is located in an old quarry. It creates a bowl of beauty and atmosphere. A waterfall is the focal point of flowers, trees, and shrubbery that will take your breath at their beauty. Trails wind their way through the garden offering you an amazing view everywhere one looks. Weddings and various... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If your looking for a quiet spot to take a breather in San Antonio this is it. Although the gardens are adjacent to the Zoo and Brackenridge Park the gardens are surprisingly quiet and free. My daughter enjoyed the ducks and taking all the walking trails. I loved the quiet and the beautiful gardens.

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Thank Aenme3
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A nice and peaceful place to visit Many great views to see that are all a little different. A perfect place to take some nice photos. I would recommend you visit during times when it is cooler out because July was way too hot.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Stunning, great walk paths.lots of climbing so not for the disabled person! Stairs are made from the rocks,fun for children see the fish, lots of nature

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Not many visitors to SA know about the Japanese Tea Gardens...they've been renovated and are just a beauty to behold! Take a nice walk all through the water gardens, feed the Koi and you can even have lunch at the cute café they have at the top. If you're super energetic, you could then take in the Zoo next door...a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After numerous walks along the Riverwalk, we opted for a different view and visited the lovely Japanese Tea Garden. Although spacious, it is beautifully laid out with a waterfall, bridges and large koi pond. Very serene and within walking distance to the zoo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Our photographer recommended this property for senior pictures. It had many different backdrops including a waterfall, rustic cabin doors, rocks, several bridges and various types of trees and flowers. The photo shoot took place late afternoon making sunset pictures gorgeous. Some stone step areas would be great for family pictures as well. Never knew this was here ... Definitely a... More 

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