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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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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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what a history!!

from Japanese Gardens to CHINESE gardens because of the WWII connotations...these gardens have been renovated and are top notch!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Carolina M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

from Japanese Gardens to CHINESE gardens because of the WWII connotations...these gardens have been renovated and are top notch!

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Thank Carolina M
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

i loved the character and beauty of these gardens. my husband went with me and we both enjoyed the views and a cool drink at the restaurant. Very well maintained.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very nice and relaxing time. Something free to do on a nice day. Very nice waterfall and a great place to take wedding pictures. There is a actual Japanese tea cafe.

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I found the Tea Garden by mistake. Was actually making a U turn thinking I missed the park that is right down the street from it. This is the perfect place to go when you want to feel peace in your soul! The garden isn't all that big but it's beauty makes up for the size with its Koi ponds... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You will want to breathe in the atmosphere and touch the history of this beautiful side trip while visiting or living here. The war changed many things for a time yet despite all the challenges over the decades these gardens are still wonderfully relaxing and intoxicating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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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