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Japanese Tea Gardens
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Ranked #11 of 267 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.
Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We were really excited about this place, but the pools were all empty because of the drought and related water restrictions. Dissapointed but it was still pretty to see.

Thank Kelly S
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

My wife and I love this place. The history is tragic, but interesting. I love how it looks when it is full of water, but even during the renovation right now and no water, it is still a beautiful location. I would recommend this to anyone who visits San Antonio ranking as a top five place for me!

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Reviewed July 28, 2014

This could have been pretty... if there had been any WATER. I was disappointed that we drove here only to learn that it is under construction. It was dirty and unkempt.

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Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

The structure itself is remarkable. I could imagine this place being beautiful in Spring when everything is in bloom and the lake is full of water. Unfortunately the garden was under renovation and lake was being cleaned. Everything was dry and brown in July. Would go back another time.

Thank Meretravel23
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful places in San Antonio, and is an excellent place for a walk, a picnic, or just to relax. It has been under construction for quite some time, but even so, it is still worth a look. Also, the waterfall at the back makes me feel like I'm in Jurassic Park trying to hide from a T-Rex, which is really all I want from any attraction. Stop by and take in the zen.

Thank Drew S
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