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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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360 Degrees of beauty

The design of this garden is classic, hundreds of shades of green and splashes of other color, all groomed so that every vista is satisfying. Not over manicured but clearly in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The design of this garden is classic, hundreds of shades of green and splashes of other color, all groomed so that every vista is satisfying. Not over manicured but clearly in sync with simplicity, the central tenet of Japanese aesthetic. Water features to ground to the whole of nature. Not to be missed.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A hidden gem - we popped over for a quick look before dinner back on the Riverwalk and we are so glad we did. We ended up staying for a few hours and enjoying some tea and popsicles in the Tea Room. The views and trails are gorgeous!

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We toured the gardens, beautiful! The only issue that I have is while walking the paths, there was a lot of trash. I can't believe that people are so disrespectful of the beautiful gardens. I highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This past weekend (9/10-16), my husband and I visited the Japanese Tea Gardens. We hadn't been there for over 20 years. We spent a wonderful afternoon wandering through the gardens. Though it was a very hot day, in the gardens there was a cool breeze and the water all around kept us cool and comfortable. At 67 years old, I... More 

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Weymouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is free and just a beariful place amazing landscape and stone work you also have a park and the zoo near by so you can make a full day also a train that goes around the park

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous quiet place, a cafe that we didn't try. Beautiful gardens lots of ponds with wildlife. A few steps over bridges etc, I think you could still see most of it if you are in a wheelchair. Easy bus ride from San Antonio Alamo area. Buses are frequent, air conditioned and cheap if you get an all day pass on... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What was once a rock quarry is now a beautiful Japanese garden with koi filled ponds,foot bridges and many flowers and exotic plants. Walk around to the sound of a waterfall and the sight of bees and butterflies feeding on the nectar of the many flowers,this is a worthwhile stop after you've had your fill of Riverwalk and old missions.... More 

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Goleta, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having just explored countless beautiful gardens in Japan last month, I came across this place at the suggestion of San Antonio resident as well as my friend and fellow writer Jan Jarboe-Russell who wrote the wonderful book "Train to Crystal City...". I have to say that Jan was right. This place was pretty nice. Beautiful ponds and a nice waterfall.... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful little spot with very interesting history. Free entrance. Parking nearby and handicap accessible, although not well marked. This garden is near the San Antonio Zoo in Breckenridge Park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a free place to visit and it is soooo pretty!!! 😍 I wish I lived closer so I could have a photo shoot here. It was stunning!!

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