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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%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“koi fish” (63 reviews)
“old quarry” (49 reviews)
“rock quarry” (41 reviews)
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 3 weeks ago

This is near the San Antonio Zoo and is a great place to go to just take a walk, enjoy the scenery and relax. They have a small eatery and a large gazebo for eating as well as a gift shop and indoor restrooms. The...More

Thank renamareak
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tired of slogging through the crowds on Riverwalk? Head north on Broadway, turn left on Mulberry, then right on St. Mary's, and you will soon be strolling through an old quarry converted into a Japanese garden, complete with koi ponds, a waterfall, and colorful plant...More

Thank jetsly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A few years ago the Tea Garden underwent major repairs and renovation. It's still a quiet and glorious spot especially in the Spring or Fall when the foliage is still vital. Summer can wither the plants and empty the pools because of draught, but that's...More

Thank Jane D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I went to the Japanese Tea Gardens on a Thursday morning. The gardens and water were absolutely beautiful and it’s free. It is located next to the zoo and close to downtown. We spent about 20 minutes there. There was plenty of...More

Thank M J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed viewing the different plants and koi fish. The waterfall is small but beautiful. It is great to walk around and finish your time off at the restaurant with either a tea or boba.

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a cool little stop on our tour of San Antonio. Loved that it was free. It's beautiful and tranquil. They do have a small little place to purchase a drink. The sign out front says Chinese Tea Gardens even though it's the Japanese...More

Thank jjorchard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a beautiful garden the city has provided free of charge for our enjoyment. The water features, landscaping and stone work were simply amazing! So many photo opportunities abounded. We came in December and we thought it was beautiful so I can only imagine what...More

Thank NW748
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely spot to walk around and enjoy nature (and man's enhancements). We saw it mid afternoon on a weekday so it was not crowded. I have no idea why anyone would need a permit to take photos outdoors, but that is the...More

Thank bookworm8
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

This place is very pretty. There is a nice bridge, a waterfall, several ponds, and tons of flowers. Free admission. It is not very stroller or wheelchair friendly.

Thank Nathan D
Reviewed 9 December 2017

Such a treasure in san Antonio. Amazing outdoor space with wonderful tranquility. A nice stroll with many beautiful photo opportunities.

Thank Tom C
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18 September 2017|
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Response from Miranda C | Reviewed this property |
You may wonder why the ornate entry gate at San Antonio’s Japanese Tea Garden instead says “Chinese Tea Garden.” The reason links back to a Japanese-American family who once lived in the garden, and altered forever by... More
31 July 2017|
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Response from matsusie | Reviewed this property |
In general I would say it is not. However, there is a ramp near where you park that would get you into the elevated portion of the garden. This gives you a fantastic view over the whole garden in a shaded pavilion area. this... More
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.