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“Favorite Spot in SA”

Japanese Tea Gardens
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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.
San Antonio, Texas
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60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Favorite Spot in SA”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Grew up stopping by here. My mother was in love with this place. I've done photoshoots here for school projects and for friends. Always such a relaxing place to visit.

Visited September 2013
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English first
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163 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“Japanese? Chinese?”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is such a pretty spot! The garden consists of winding paths across ponds and through the foliage to a waterfall right at the back. It's nice to wander for half an hour or so.

I did have to laugh at the fact that the sign at the entrance to the park describes it as a "Chinese Tea Garden" when everywhere else calls it Japanese!

Good points: peaceful, pretty.

Bad points: small, lots of stairs.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank SarahKnowsThisOne
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9 reviews
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“Cool way to kill 45 minutes”
Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful park with huge koi ponds and waterfalls. Free park. Big parking lot that was also free. Right next to zoo if you wanted another place to check out. Glad we went. Definitely need a car to get there if you are staying close to the river walk.

Visited September 2013
Thank Sarah M
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Tucson, AZ
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Love the Tea”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you love Tea, this is the place. Cant describe the atmosphere, but once you go, you will know. I highly recommend going and its great for kids if they are into Tea. Family oriented and clean. Try the Green Tea, classic.

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful textures! ”
Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

I can understand why people would get married here. I toured the entire place in about an hour, and then took another hour or so to have lunch in the tea house. It was very peaceful and beautiful. The only caveat is that it's very hilly and uneven terrain. If you have any difficulty walking, this is not going to be an easy stroll for you. I love Japanese gardens, and I think this could have benefited from some authentic statuary, etc. The tea house was lovely and not too expensive and offered a large variety of teas to drink. Free admission to the garden.

1 Thank Sara S
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