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Japanese Tea Gardens

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Neighbourhood: Uptown Broadway
As featured in 3 days in San Antonio
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Address: 3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
Phone Number:
+1 210-559-3148
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

Originally a rock quarry, part of the tea garden came from a donation by...

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.

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Fun to walk around altho it can be very hot - in May. Lots of fun places to take pics too. Interesting.

Reviewed 2 days ago
South Barre, Vermont
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South Barre, Vermont
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Fun to walk around altho it can be very hot - in May. Lots of fun places to take pics too. Interesting.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although this is called the Japanese Tea Garden the sign at the entrance reads "Chinese Tea Garden." An absolutely beautiful serene walk through lovely foliage, ponds, and waterfalls.

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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

These gardens were bigger than expected and although it was really early in the season for everything to be colorful the bridges, water, and rock formations make for some really fun exploring. The walkways get narrow and the place gets crowded but we managed to thoroughly enjoy our time here!

Thank Matt M
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First it is free so it's hard to give a bad rating on a free place. The gardens are nice we spent about 1 hour there so I would suggest it if you are looking to fill in a hour or so.

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Gardnerville, Nevada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Allow yourself an hour to walk through the garden, take plenty of pictures and enjoy this beautiful place. And, there is no admission fee. Perfect.

Thank Bill M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a Friday around lunch time and it was lovely. It was plenty crowded which was fine. Originally I wanted to try some tea but didn't feel like waiting in the long line. Something that struck us as most interesting is the sign that reads "Chinese Tea Gardens" when you first enter. The reason for this name change?... More 

Thank Kaitlin O
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Boy was I glad I selected this activity! I wasn't expecting to see what this park had to offer; I guess I had something smaller in mind. This park is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Stunning views. Gorgeous scenery. Pretty flowers and plants. Elegant koi. To top it all off, there's an amazing waterfall that sits in the middle of a sea of... More 

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Wheaton Aston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a "might do" option on our vacation plan, but am so pleased we got there. We parked by the Zoo and took the park miniature train which has a stop by the gardens, this was a fun thing to do and you get to see so much more of the main park. But the gardens where the highlight,... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to walk around and snap some pictures. It can get crowded at times; we had no issues during our visit. There is a little cafe that serves good food. Finding parking can be painful and time-consuming. Not sure why it is called Japanese tea garden when the entrance shows Chinese tea gardens.

Thank Alan G
Midlothian, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The city of San Antonio did a wonderful job of reviving the old quarry. The stone pavilion must have taken a lot of time to build. The walks around the pond and the trails around the waterfall were all nicely landscaped. It was a nice, peaceful place to visit and there was no charge.

Thank Cheryl C

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