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Japanese Tea Gardens

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Neighborhood: Uptown Broadway
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Address: 3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
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+1 210-559-3148
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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The Japanese Tea Garden is a nice re-purposing of a former Limestone Quarry. Nice architecture and a tranquil setting. There is a cafe with Bento Boxes and Hot Teas (which we... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Japanese Tea Garden is a nice re-purposing of a former Limestone Quarry. Nice architecture and a tranquil setting. There is a cafe with Bento Boxes and Hot Teas (which we tried). Free entry and free parking. There was a wedding going on whike we werr there. It is by the Zoo and Botanical Gardens, so you can combine the... More 

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Palestine, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is amazing that this little gem is just tucked away in the city. And it is free! It is an old abandoned rock quarry that was transformed into a Japanese style garden. I highly recommend visiting this place.

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Staunton, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This garden begins with intrigue and a fascinating architectural structure and the promise of access to tea and food in the restaurant. However, winter hours meant it was shut by mid afternoon. Despite this fact the garden itself, a creative repurposing of a limestone quarry, lacked interest most probably because of the season. Many plants back back or dying so... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Japanese Tea Gardens is a unique experience. It is a city-owned park and is free to the public. This a former rock quarry turned picturesque slice of tranquility. Although it is not a huge space, there is a lot of beauty within. Stop by the 60 ft waterfall to grab a photo. A lot of area residents have quinceanera,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the lesser-known attractions in San Antonio and you will need a car to reach it. But it is pretty! What a great use of a former quarry. It's not very big, so it doesn't take long to walk through it, but it really is a pleasure, even in the winter. Loved the big fat Koi. We... More 

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Smyrna, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

it has been a few years since i have been but my kids and i still talk about this place so beautiful and fun for free! loved the fish they would just come up to you a must go to place!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The garden is very small but pictures; 20 minutes is more than enough to see all. We liked the scenery and waterfall.

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Panama City, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Super nice place to visit, and for free. Lovely scenery. Cool waterfall. Decent picture taking opportunities.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent about an hour here 12/26/16. Even on a drizzly, cool morning, it was beautiful! There are sidewalks to walk on, and they may get a little slippery when wet, but we just took it a little slow in those spots. Beautiful waterfalls and ponds!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located nearly adjacent from the Zoo, we stopped in without any expectations. Must have stayed here for over an hour, just discovering trails and relaxing with the koi! Tour buses can easily dominate and change the environment, so best to arrive at an "off" time for a bit of peace.

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