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Japanese Tea Gardens
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Half Day San Antonio Afternoon Grand Historic Tour
Ranked #12 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.
Reviewed October 4, 2012

the history of the family who built them...small but worth the trip.koi ponds were nice and very well kept and small waterfall in back added nice touch

Thank Letha H
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

The tea garden was a small hidden jewel. The koi pond (and the koi) were huge. The wandering pathways and hidden cul-de-sacs were a wonderful departure from the frenetic pace of traveling. I can only imagine how beautiful the gardens must be in the spring and summer.

Thank DeborahBroyles
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We saw the Gardens years ago and they are lovely after the re-do. View of the waterfall is beautiful. I wish you could still ride across.

Thank Louisianagirl60
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Beautiful Koi ponds surrounded by gardens & short trails. Can still see the quarry walls in spots- very well maintained. Nice quite area to spend a little time

Thank Jeff V
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I first visited the tea gardens (I think it used to be called the Sunken Gardens) in 1962 as a teenager. Even though I have lived in San Antonio since 1976 I had never been back until this summer. On a nostalgic whim my wife and I decided to make a return visit. It is a beautiful place to spend an hour or two, very peaceful with a waterway full of Koi and meandering walkways among a diverse garden of native and non native plants. I highly recommend it to those seeking a break from typical tourist attractions. AND----there is no entry fee!. There is also a small cafe on site but I didn't try it.

Thank highflight
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