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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
Phone Number: +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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Nice but crowded

This is a fun place to visit, especially for the price. There were a ton of people there (visited midday on a Saturday). We still were able to find areas to take some great Senior... read more

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El Paso, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to see these gardens because they are very popular. The place is very nice, but there is not much to see. Something that I caught my attention, is that the gardens are vandalized and a little dirty, maybe this is because they do not charge. As I mentioned, it is nice, but nothing spectacular.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fun place to visit, especially for the price. There were a ton of people there (visited midday on a Saturday). We still were able to find areas to take some great Senior pictures!

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Scotch Plains,NJ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Built in a quarry, the builder used natural stone elements to express his idea but it lacked traditional designs incorporated into true Japanese gardens. There were no sand raked seas with stone islands or water flowing elements with ornate bridges. No solitude spaces to sit an contemplate the universe and no sense of peaceful existence with nature. Everything seemed made... More 

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Hudson, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a beautiful place to see and would be wonderful setting for a wedding. I was stationed here in '58 & '59 and it was much prettier then as it had flowers and color.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Japanese Gardens are just lovely. We walked around the the entire area and enjoyed the plants, clear, clean ponds with koi, and the waterfall. The gardens are situated on a former limestone quarry, providing the building blocks for the walls, paths, and bridges. There are plenty of benches around to just sit and take it all in. You can... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking to get away from the river walk area in San Antonio and found this place through Trip Advisor. We are so happy we did because it had such beautiful grounds with lush plants and serene water features. It was a such a pleasant place to visit to get some quiet nature away from the bustling tourist traps... More 

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Venice, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since this was a quarry, the stonework is just amazing. It started life as a Japanese Garden, but during WWII it was renamed a Chinese Garden due to adverse feelings towards the Japanese. It doesn't take long to see, but if you are in the area you should stop.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a stop in to check this out – very beautiful! We only spent 30-45 minutes here, but we enjoyed it very much.

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Thank Blake D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on part of our tour. The Tea Garden was built in abandoned Limestone Quarry hole they had several holes all over the area and wanted to do something with them so they hired a family from Japan to come over and they created a Japanese garden out of the area complete with waterfall and giant koi. It's... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The signs there say Chinese and it's titled on here as Japanese, but either way these gardens are a nice way to spend an hour. Pick up a iced herbal tea from the cafe and take a walk in the winding stone labyrinths of these gardens. It's free with free parking too, so take a break from the touristy areas.

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