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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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  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“koi fish” (60 reviews)
“old quarry” (44 reviews)
“rock quarry” (38 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 June 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful! Went to the gardens while on vacation and was truly impressed! Best part- it is free! There are walking trails around the gardens and lots of opportunities for beautiful pictures.

Thank Kelli0023
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Compact but some would say just the right size, this Japanese Garden Gem is something San Antonio should be proud of. Located in an old limestone quarry, the paths and pools are elegantly laid out to present an abundance of native and non native flora....More

Thank dogwood62
Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

We visited the Garden because we are looking for a peaceful scenery for a XV photo shoot. Let me tell you this place surpassed my expectations. It's amazingly pretty with koi fish and beautiful stages. The only thing is it was packed so you have...More

Thank Jorge G
Reviewed 26 May 2016

Take the #7 bus from Alamo Plaza and go to the Japanese (Chinese--interesting story) Tea Gardens built on the site of a former rock quarry.

Thank jwhendrick
Reviewed 25 May 2016

The place is so beautiful!! It was late afternoon when we went and it was a bit hot in May. A lot of stairs! Worth the drive over.

Thank southerngirl101
Reviewed 24 May 2016

These sunken gardens are beautiful and have a lot of history attached to them. They went from Japanese to Chinese back to Japanese. Lots of people take special pictures here as well as events..

Thank Pickard35
Reviewed 23 May 2016

We visited the gardens over the weekend and they are beautiful. It's a nice short walk. There's many flowers, ponds, fish, and waterfalls. The views are fantastic and they're free! If you like getting free activities in your trip you should visit this place. It's...More

Thank Traveling-TiaraG
Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

I like the technical aspect of converting an old quarry into something that people view as beautiful, and it really is impressive. Also as other people mentioned, it's free! There were a lot of people there randomly scattered around the gardens taking graduation photos in...More

Thank Ben A
Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Pretty stop to take in the gardens. Can take as long or as short of a time as you want to stroll. Parking was free and easy. Right next to the zoo.

Thank Allison S
Reviewed 23 May 2016

My wife and I decided to visit on an early Sunday afternoon. Planned on spending a few hours but was only there maybe an hour. Although it was fairly busy while we were there, it still seemed like a peaceful, enjoyable time. Plenty of beautiful...More

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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.
7 February 2017|
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Response from hrider602016 | Reviewed this property |
It is not in walking distance but a short taxi ride.