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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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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 yesterday

This is not a huge site, but it is well worth the visit, and would tag team it with a visit to the zoo. The history of the gardens are located on site, and they are quite fascinating. It's amazing to think that people lived...More

Thank 512geraldd
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A very nice park, that is free to enter. There is large ponds and a waterfall but the garden was not comparable to a Japanese garden. Also worth noting is that there is very little parking available.

Thank Mat_Cope
Reviewed 6 days ago

A beautiful little gem on the outskirts of San Antonio, a great place to bring kids as there are Carp and Gold fish in the big pond and beautiful flowers and trees for grown ups to experience. A lovely little cafe at the top with...More

Thank Janne H
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful place to go for a walk and enjoy the weather. The Koi (fish) are huge and it was such a delight to sit, sun yourself and enjoy the sites and sounds. We took a walk and met a gentleman that takes care...More

Thank gschoof2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everyone knows about the Alamo and the Downtown Riverwalk in San Antonio, and these are certainly places to visit even more than once, but don't forget all the other wonderful things to do in other parts of San Antonio. Breckenridge Park with the Japanese Tea...More

Thank Buzzard92
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice to visit if you have done all the other activities that are more important.this garden takes 15 minutes to go around,more in the chinese style than japanese,architecture is not great,nice calm park near the city,nice for photo opportunities and nice free activity and free...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although a bit chilly out at the time, the gardens are worth the visit. The koi fish and waterfall add to the tranquil environment of the gardens. The free parking and free admission makes the gardens a must see location. There s als a little...More

Thank Cookie8186
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s free, easy to find and breathtaking! There are a lot of stairs to traverse all of it but also key areas are assessable. One of the most beautiful gardens I’ve seen. Afternoon tea was wonderful and $6 for a pot for two. Just go!

Thank roxpwhite
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped off here whilst on our bike tour - it is without doubt, the most impressive Japanese (or Chinese) gardens we’ve ever visited. You must see.

Thank BagmanNZ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just across the road from the zoo. It's amazing to think that it was once a quarry. Very beautiful, we spent about 2 hrs here, but did stop at the café for a drink and to rest our feet.

Thank Sharon099
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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.