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“San Antonio Tea Garden”

Japanese Tea Gardens
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$55.00*
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San Antonio Electric Scooter tour to The Japanese Tea Garden
Ranked #13 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“San Antonio Tea Garden”
Reviewed December 4, 2007

I rememeber going to the Tea Gardens back in the 80's they were beautiful with giant koa fish swimming and the water fall was my favorite spot, I moved back to San Antonio after being gone for 20 years, it broke my heart to see this once beautiful place abandon and dry. Hope the city does somthing soon it would be ashame to let it go.

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“Japanese Tea Gardens an opportunity for relaxation”
Reviewed April 3, 2005

I was disappointed to read the reviews for the tea gardens. I enjoy going there, it's nice and quiet, it is a good place to relax when you get done visiting the zoo or after a concert at Sunken Gardens. It's just a laid back place to hang out at. Maybe I am just being defensive for my town's attractions, but I like the tea gardens and so do all my friends, maybe it just appeals to the younger crowd. With all the trees there you have a lot of privacy.

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“Loved the gang graffitti”
Reviewed September 15, 2004

Don't go here. It is unkempt and falling apart. Every scrap of bamboo is permanently etched with gang grafitti and people's initails. I was sorely disappointed, esp after seeing the gardens in san francisco.

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“DONT GO HERE! BIGGEST WASTE OF TIME!!!!”
Reviewed July 26, 2003

Please don't go here! I went after reading the other reviews on this site and was sorely disappointed. Whether it was the drained waterways, steeping with stagnant mosquito water... or the stench of rotting beer and urine from the local admirers of this possibly once beautiful garden, we left after about 15 minutes of walking around. I was stunned as I looked at plants once alive, now scribed with hundreds maybe thousands of Latino children's names. There were trash cans all over the park, but the ground seemed just as good for beer cans and discarded popeyes cups. My favorite part was the three different time we saw migrant workers sleeping in the shade in various places throughout the garden. I know it is a free park, but I would of gladly paid to see this park in it old forgotten glory. Save your energy. This place is a dump.

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“One of the Best Spots in Town!”
Reviewed May 22, 2003

I grew up in San Antonio. My husband is from another state and I decided we should go there on our first date. A few months later he proposed to me at the gardan and we got married at the same spot. It's a beautiful and romantic place to be. Kids will love it! Just make sure that you don't forget your camera and lots of film. There are a lot of beautiful flowers and some really great photo opportunities!

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