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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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Gorgeous gardens

This was a stop on our full day San Antonio tour and we didn't make it until almost the end of the hot afternoon. It was gorgeous but we would have enjoyed it more earlier in the... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2016
Farmington, MI USA
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Farmington, MI USA
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Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

This was a stop on our full day San Antonio tour and we didn't make it until almost the end of the hot afternoon. It was gorgeous but we would have enjoyed it more earlier in the day when we would have been more comfortable climbing more stairs to get deeper into the gardens. The main entrance gardens and the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

A bit confused as it is listened as Japanese but the entry gate says China tea garden. In any case, it is spectacular. Flowers in early April were beautiful. Lots of steps and narrow paths without rails so disabled people may have problems. Large ponds with huge koi are encircled by gardens. Large waterfall in one corner. There were two... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

This was one of my favorite things in San Antonio, and it's totally free! We walked here from the San Antonio Zoo (probably a 10-15 minute walk). We ate at the restaurant near the entrance to the garden, which had delicious food and tea. I was so surprised at how gorgeous this garden was! It had a waterfall, ponds, all... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

It's so beautiful!!! Not very big but it is packed with lots of beautiful plants, fish, birds, turtles and an amazing waterfall. Most of all it's FREE!!!!

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Reviewed 31 March 2016

I had read about this place online and took my family of 5. We were all surprised by the beauty and uniqueness of the gardens. (even the teenagers) We enjoyed our stroll through, which took us an hour or so.

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Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

I am not a gardener but this place amazed me. When I walked in I was so surprised. The rock work is interesting and the plants amazing. Take a few minutes to see this you won't regret it. And it's free

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Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

This is one of the most picturesque places in all of San Antonio, from the moment you walk up the steps and the garden opens up below with the koi ponds below and waterfall in the background, it is simply amazing. There was a wedding there when our family arrived and wow, what a lucky couple to get married in... More 

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Reviewed 28 March 2016

All the years I have been traveling to San Antonio, I never knew of this place. I have been missing out!! Beautiful, quiet, relaxing little oasis in the middle of the busy city! Great place to take photos! My fiancé and I stayed for hours just relaxing and hanging out with each other.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

It's a free attraction so keep you're expectations in check. Very small place that can be viewed in 20-30 minuets or less including photos. I certainly wouldn't recommend making a special trip to see it. Can't imagine why it is called a Japanese tea garden as there is nothing there really related to Japan, even the main entry way says... More 

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

This is a nice little oasis where you can relax and enjoy nature and nice stone work. The only difficulty was that it's not very accessible with a young baby in a stroller. There were a lot of stairs to navigate and some were too narrow so the baby had to be carried by one parent and the stroller folded... More 

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