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Japanese Tea Gardens

3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
+1 210-559-3148
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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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  • Average7%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
Uptown Broadway
+1 210-559-3148
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

Beautiful public gardens not too far from downtown. Allow about two hours for your time at this smaller but still delightful venue.

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Reviewed 17 May 2016

The gardens are beautiful - we were there in early May 2016. There are a couple ponds with huge, colorful Koi and turtles. If you have trouble with steps you may not want to walk down into the lower level near the ponds. There is...More

Thank kelemental
Reviewed 16 May 2016

We arrived the same time a bus load of people from Nebraska got there. It didn't take long to go over most of it and got some really good pics in front of the water fall. Beautiful plants! Huge fish! Nice stop.

Thank 345darlaf
Reviewed 14 May 2016

Hard to believe this could be free. Beautiful vegetation and waterfalls. It's a little arduous to climb some of the steps but well worth it. Plenty of places to stop, rest and contemplate. Kids probably would not like it although they would like the large...More

Thank Larry3028
Reviewed 12 May 2016

We stopped here after visiting the zoo, it's literally just down the street. The views are absolutely stunning. This was a free attraction. It would be a beautiful place to get pictures taken for weddings proms graduations etc. Definitely worth the stop

Thank KJ6920
Reviewed 11 May 2016

My wife and I love to go to the Tea Gardens and walk around on the bridges and the overlook. It's very peaceful and beautiful with a waterfall and lots of plants and fish to look at. Parking is limited.

Thank James L
Reviewed 10 May 2016

We spent a couple of hours here and enjoyed it. The trails and paths are well maintained and the plantings very lush and attractive. Lots of flowers. The water fall is stunning. The streams, ponds, and bridges are more eye candy as are the koi....More

Thank KasStL
Reviewed 9 May 2016

I had the joy of attending a wedding here at this location. The waterfalls were absolutely beautiful. The landscape was gorgeous. It was very inviting and very picturesque. I would visit here again.

Thank D R
Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

My 16yr old son, decided this should be the start of mother's day and boy was he right. We arrived about 845am, there were very few people there at this time. It was peaceful and relaxing. We walked the grounds in about 45min, stopping to...More

Thank Tasha T
Reviewed 8 May 2016

This place is gorgeous. They did an amazing job building this place and they still do a great job maintaining the landscape. It's completely worth it to sit down at the cafe and grab a tea or something to eat. The San Antonio Zoo is...More

Thank Cody Y
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Beth S
5 April 2017|
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Response from Hazel668 | Reviewed this property |
Best to call the place for picnics. There are small cafes for eating.
7 February 2017|
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Response from hrider602016 | Reviewed this property |
It is not in walking distance but a short taxi ride.
Denise S
25 January 2017|
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Response from Mike N | Reviewed this property |
Anytime is worth a visit.