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Japanese Tea Gardens

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Neighbourhood: Uptown Broadway
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Address: 3800 N. Saint Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212
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+1 210-559-3148
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Very nice gardens

This is a very nice and relaxing garden to visit. Somewhat on the smaller side but lots of interesting parts and beautifully maintained grounds.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a very nice and relaxing garden to visit. Somewhat on the smaller side but lots of interesting parts and beautifully maintained grounds.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The gardens were a beautiful site to visit. We really enjoyed walking around and especially enjoyed the waterfall.

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Parker, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the place to go if you have had a stressful day and need to relax. The ponds are vast and hold several Koi. I loved the stone walkways and bridges. The palm trees are placed perfectly and the waterfall is gorgeous. I really loved all of the bamboo lining part of the walkway, it would offer good shade... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to Tea Gardens in many places. This is one of the prettiest. Lovely cafe to sit and enjoy a light snack or more. Highly recommend when the weather is good. Any season.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I was very impressed. It is a hidden gem in San Antonio. I would recommend anyone to stop by to walk through the park.

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Pueblo, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Due to the time of year we visited- February- nothing was in bloom and many trees were bare, yet the gardens are pretty and peaceful to visit. Glad we went.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place, lots of flowers and pants many I had never seen, beautiful setting nice walking paths

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Wimberley, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a delight. The gardens are full of a wide variety of plants, very well kept and cared for. I took a friend from out of state here who loves photography. What a great place to capture natures beauty. Stop by, enjoy the peaceful gardens. You'll be glad you did.

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This self paced tour was beautiful. Its very well taken care of and protected. The garden was full of lush plants and sites. Lots of unique walk ways and views. Great for families or people looking to go on a nice nature walk.

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Dickson City, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked into the grounds & just was in awe of all the stones surrounding the building of this garden. Wish we were there when in bloom but no crowd on a Thursday noon time. Easy to find w/gps from the airport.

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