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“Wonderful Experience”

Japanese Tea Gardens
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San Antonio Electric Scooter tour to The Japanese Tea Garden
Ranked #13 of 265 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.
San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is a gem of a place in San Antonio, hidden near the more famous Zoo and Brackenridge park and golf course.
It is basically a landscaped garden with ponds full of over-sized koi fish. It is an absolute treat for little kids to watch the fish up close and personal. There are a lot of photo ops here with beautiful backgrounds of flowering trees, and even a little waterfall. You can hike along the trails all the way into the Brackenridge park.
There is a gazebo like stone pavilion, where private events can be held. There is a small restaurant, though I have not visited it.
Come here around dusk to better enjoy the view. And the best part is that it is free!

Visited June 2013
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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2013

once you climb the hill and you see down into the Garden...I won't spoil it ;)
this is a MUST SEE, if you are in San Antonio. And, what's best: it's FREE. It will beat 90% of what you pay for in San Antonio. To make an afternoon of it, stop by the Central Market for picnic supplies, which is right up Broadway, just a few minutes from the Garden.

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Alot better than I thought”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Very pretty. Large koi pond with large fish. A decent sized waterfall. There's a pretty pavilion that can be used for a private event.

Visited July 2013
Thank maite l
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a can't miss attraction. I toured the Japanese Tea Garden as part of the Grand Tour of San Antonio and I absolutely loved this place. It is so incredibly beautiful and peaceful. You can definitely come here and stay awhile. It also features a waterfall (great for pictures) and a lake full of large, colorful fish. Enjoy a specialty tea from the Jingu House restaurant.

Visited July 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“What's in a name?”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

When I arrived, I looked for the Japanese Tea Gardens, but the sign over the entrance read: Chinese Tea Gardens. It is the same place. I did not visit the restaurant, but walked through the gardens, which has a small waterfall, stone bridge, and several pools with many large, colorful koi. The gardens are quite compact and can be seen in 20 minutes. A paved path leads from the gardens to the zoo; it is only a ten minute walk from the gardens. The gardens are nice, but not worth going out of you way for.

Visited June 2013
Thank Wolverine1974
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