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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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  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
Uptown Broadway
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+1 210-559-3148
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Reviewed 6 days ago

IT is spectacular, It is Free, It is small, and Gorgeous. A Fabulous place for family fotos. I'd go again.

Thank Gracie V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such a beautiful area to visit. At one time years ago it used to be a hidden jewel as not many people knew about it. My recent visit was filled with a crowded parking lot and lots of people touring the gardens. Not...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended. Beautiful gardens with lush foliage and koi ponds. Free attraction. Good place to visit with older children. Also a nice waterfall to get a picture in front of.

Thank julius20
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tea Gardens are free and the landscaping is real lovely. There is a real nice tea house that also serves ice cream /lunch/ beverages. The only issue is every time I go I notice a lot of trash but overall it is worth a...More

Thank djv5000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

no really, when you turn the corner and see these gardens you will be blown away. we probably took more pictures here than anywhere else in san antonio. and its free!

Thank edgj
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are small but scenic and make a great quick stop! There is no entry fee, and they are located near other fun tourist attractions (such as the San Antonio Zoo). I did not personally visit the restaurant, but there is one at this...More

Thank kbed303
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you happen to be in the Zoo area, these gardens are also a good option to walk around and relax watching the koi fish and enjoying the vegetation and a small waterfall. Entrance is free and it takes around 15-20 minutes to walk around.

Thank davidmusi
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the gardens. Free parking and no cost to enjoy the gardens. It's very pretty and relaxing and there are little areas with shade to give you a break from the sun. It's not too big to do the whole thing!

Thank texastravels4
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful gardens to walk around. I always stop in the restaurant and get a delicious iced tea to sip on while walking- because it's HOT here in Texas!

Thank Melissa L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived in the evening around 5pm so the actual tea house was closed but the sights were breathtaking. I’m a south Texas native and have never been here before. It was free and just unlike anything I’ve ever been to. It was spacious and...More

Thank Tianna C
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