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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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it has been a few years since i have been but my kids and i still talk about this place so beautiful and fun for free! loved the fish they would just come up to you a must go to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Smyrna, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it has been a few years since i have been but my kids and i still talk about this place so beautiful and fun for free! loved the fish they would just come up to you a must go to place!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The garden is very small but pictures; 20 minutes is more than enough to see all. We liked the scenery and waterfall.

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Panama City, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Super nice place to visit, and for free. Lovely scenery. Cool waterfall. Decent picture taking opportunities.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent about an hour here 12/26/16. Even on a drizzly, cool morning, it was beautiful! There are sidewalks to walk on, and they may get a little slippery when wet, but we just took it a little slow in those spots. Beautiful waterfalls and ponds!

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MAINE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located nearly adjacent from the Zoo, we stopped in without any expectations. Must have stayed here for over an hour, just discovering trails and relaxing with the koi! Tour buses can easily dominate and change the environment, so best to arrive at an "off" time for a bit of peace.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is incredible. An old rock quarry that was converted into Japanese Tea Garden. A definite “Must See” As a new resident of San Antonio I am fortunate enough to live within walking distance so I will be visiting often!

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I left work about an hour earlier than normal to stop by the Japanese Tea Gardens from work before heading to the airport (bonus for me is the airport exit was less than 10 minutes from the Gardens). We stayed about an hour both walking through the Gardens and walking behind the Gardens in a path where we were able... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a nice (and free!) outing my husband and I had while in town exploring. The grounds were very pretty and it was nice to walk around and get some fresh air, although some of the trees and plants were dead due to the weather. The ponds seemed like they needed to be cleaned out as well, but it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the entrance, the gate sign said Chinese Garden. I was a bit confused. Inside, there are a few walks and the sound of water falls was nice. The ponds can use some TLC. It was rather mucky and was not pleasant to see. There were not many people when we were there. We had a nice walk. The garden... More 

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Waco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited here after a morning at the zoo (walking distance). Beautiful, peaceful. Running water....water lilies....vine covered bridges.....lots of climbing but well worth it. Not even pavement. Took family pictures in front of waterfalls. Had a place to eat but we were headed to lunch on the riverwalk. A shaded pavilion and benches to rest. Wonderful use of an empty... More 

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