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Japanese Tea Gardens
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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.
Reviewed May 26, 2013

This is a must see. An old stone quarry that has been converted to a beautiful garden. There are areas that can accommodate stroller or wheelchair but the majority of the paths are narrow and require climbing up and down stairs. We spent a few hours letting the kids (6, 4 and 2)run around and took lots of pictures. My little girl (4) was so excited to see a "princess"(quinceañera) getting her picture taken. There's a water fall and shop/cafe overlooking the koi pond, which is in the center. The kids enjoyed the climbing and watching the koi.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

We found this whhen we were visiting the zoo. It is just down the street from the zoo parking lot, and is a a lush, tranquil place to sepnd a few minutes. Stop off at the tea house and get a specialty tea (I like mine sweet, so they sweetened it with syrup) and you can get refills if your walk in the tea garden makes you really thirsty. There area a lot of steps, so those with a disability might want to enjoy the view from the tea house area.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

This is a MUST-SEE! It's a short ride from downtown out to Brackenridge Park, and it is the jewel in the park's crown. The gardens are sunk into the site of an early 20th-century quarry, transformed since the '20s into a magical place of flowers, shrubs, koy and turtles in the pond, paths and bridges to walk and one surprising little scene after another unfolding as you walk. You'll wish you could get married here or celebrate a special occasion, it's that pretty and unusual.

Thank Beth P
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The tea gardens are again at the peak of their beauty. We were glad to see it has come back after not being funded by the city.

Thank bmokry
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

It was a beautiful and relaxing way to start the morning. I had read about the Gardens and coming from an area where there are two rock quarries I was interested in seeing how this one had been repurposed. I guess I had expected more, but I wasn't disappointed. The gardens were beautiful and well maintained. A lovely place to stroll hand in hand with a loved one, or a place for quiet reflection when alone.

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