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“old quarry”(51 reviews)
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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...more
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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed June 13, 2011

I took the Number 7 Bus from Alamo Plaza to the Sunken Japanese Garden. The bus cost $1.10 one way. It was on a Saturday so the bus only went by once an hour. This was NO problem. You will enjoy the hour at the...More

10  Thank ImFrmCanada
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed July 26, 2003

Please don't go here! I went after reading the other reviews on this site and was sorely disappointed. Whether it was the drained waterways, steeping with stagnant mosquito water... or the stench of rotting beer and urine from the local admirers of this possibly once...More

13  Thank Trail16899
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Reviewed yesterday

Went here right before sunset, so didn't have a ton of time to explore. However, from what I did see, it is a beautiful area! Would definitely return!

Thank tazmaniandvl
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was on our must do places for San Antonio. It was not disappointing. We got to the gardens by public transit (which is a very viable option for getting around San Antonio if you do not want to walk). The Garden is located in...More

Thank davidrC4704KO
Reviewed 1 week ago

In historic downtown BRACKENRIDGE PARK there was a huge rock quarry, a gaping hole....then a Japanese Family created a lovely garden with golden carp in deep pools surrounded by flowering plants and shaded by exotic trees, crowned by a magnificent temple-like structure with a tea...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The gardens are well cared for, easy parking, and free, Nice paths, somewhat quiet, and outstanding pond and waterfall.

Thank DrMikeSUNY
Reviewed 1 week ago

I learned about the Japanese tea garden while searching for things to see and do in San Antonio. It is near the San Antonio zoo, which is itself a great destination. As the weather during my stay was very nice, I wanted to be outdoors....More

Thank Maroospatroos
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have traveled to the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, the Chinese Garden in Sydney, Australia and Japanese Tea Gardens in both Japan and China, and I can safety say that our Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio is very, very good. It was...More

Thank nferdi01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place. Not a lot of parking and crowded on weekend but beautiful and worth a stop for a short visit.

Thank LoriM879
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great little escape from all the busy areas of the city and beautiful views. The bridges and waterfall are really neat to see in person.

Thank Mark K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You must be agile to visit! Steep stairs, narrow walkways and protruding rocks make this site difficult for those with disabilities. There is a large koi pond integrated into bridges and beautifully landscaped hills. A waterfall gives moments of solace. There is a Zen-like persona...More

Thank Raymon N
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

My daughter brought me here to meet up with my niece and hubby who drove in from OK the previous day. Their San Antonio resident friend also joined us. It's a very pretty and serene place to visit. It's not very big and there'slimited parking,...More

1  Thank Virginia B
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Until 11:00 but varies so call
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service dogs only