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“Very photographic tea garden”

Japanese Tea Gardens
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 April 2016

My cousin and I are both in our 60's and had an enjoyable lunch and stroll throughout the Japanese Tea Garden. We were able to sit outside at a table with a large sunblocking umbrella. They did have seating indoors but the weather was perfect for an outdoor lunch. The waitstaff were quite friendly and the food was satisfying. My cousin ordered a bento plate which was very pretty to look at and she mentioned it was tasty. I had a plain turkey sandwich with fresh cut chips. Luckily we were able to walk up and down all of the beautifully placed stone stairs and windy paths with stairs. We spent about 2 hours here taking lots of photos and enjoying all the colorful koi fish.

Thank Weddings008
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Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

This place is breath taking and a great getaway. It is walking distance to a train ride and the zoo. If you have boys there are great trails and you can climb the rocks.

Thank Anna L
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Reviewed 8 April 2016

We walked from the Pearl and found our efforts not rewarded. We found the walk up and first view of the place intising but all down hill from there. People stopping on the narrow path taking pictures of others standing on bridges was a buzz kill for us. If you drive there it might be a nice hour distraction but not worth the 3 mile walk.

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Reviewed 7 April 2016

What a gem of a place and free! Stunning views and architecture not to mention lovely flora. And a REAL tea shop with perfect iced tea. WOW. Makes us wish we lived in San Antonio.

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Reviewed 6 April 2016

The Japanese Tea Gardens is right next to the zoo and is open to the public for free. It is a fish pond, botanical garden, hiking trail built inside an old quarry. A must is to go off the large paths and climb up various rocks to get to the small paths. The paths on the right are very fun for kids, but some adults or small children should not try. They take you up to the top of the waterfall and it is a great way to see the entire area. Very Underrated place. Take your camera!

Thank michael g
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