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Japanese Tea Gardens
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San Antonio Grand Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #13 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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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.
Wenatchee, Washington
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180 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Worth visiting”
Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

Once a rock quarry turned into a beautiful garden. The stone work is worth seeing along with all the great greenery. We are glad we stopped after spending time at the San Antonio zoo. Maybe a suggestion of more small signage to describe what you are looking at to a person not well versed in flora and fauna.

Visited April 2013
Thank Ken C
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“Tea Garden”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

This place was very cool. At one time it was a quarry, which they had made into a large pond(s) with stone buildings, arches and walkways and even a waterfall. There were lots of turtles and colored carp swimming all around. Very pretty place. A great place to take pictures.

Visited April 2013
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Suffern, New York
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Delightful place with an interesting history”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Small in size, but glorious in its beauty. The tea garden occupies what was originally a rock quarry. The quarry was masterfully transformed into a delightful garden. There were various pools of water in the garden, in which swam colorful koi fish, turtles, and ducks. A waterfall gently cascaded down one side of the old quarry, now covered with vegetation. Well-tended flower gardens formed a patchwork of inspiring color. It really was a beautiful place. The Jingu House sat at the entrance to the garden and served as a small cafe. Ask about the garden's history while in the Jingu House. The garden is about a 10-15 minute from the public bus stop outside of the Witte Musuem. Simply a splendid place to sit quietly and remove yourself from the bustle of the roads and city.

Visited April 2013
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Anchorage, Alaska
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43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A Place Of Quiet Beauty”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

I visited the Japanese Tea Garden as a stop on "The Grand Tour" offered by City Tours, Inc. Our tour guide, Dave, was born and raised in San Antonio. He was very knowledgeable of the history of his community including a number of details and anectdotes that are not normally found in commercial tours. The gravel walkways, the ponds and the very large multicolored Koi make for a pleasant stroll.

Visited April 2013
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Olympia, WA
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162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Plants, waterfall, and fish”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

The Japanese Garden is located on N St Mary's Street. It is very close to the Zoo. Walking around the garden can be accomplished in about an hour. We had time to kill before our flight out of the city and this was just a little out of our way to the airport.

Visited April 2013
Thank mdcwa
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