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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 days ago

We spent a week in San Antonio and this was one of our favorite stops. The gardens are built into an old rock quarry and the views and landscaping were beautiful. They have a nice waterfall, huge koi fish and a path that allows you...More

Thank Tiffanie P
Reviewed 4 days ago

What a beautiful spot to visit, walk through, enjoy the manicured gardens, watch the Koi in the ponds and have a peaceful afternoon! Also enjoyed a Macha tea at the Tea house. One of my favorite stops during my visit!

Thank ColoradoAnchorsAway
Reviewed 4 days ago

I absolutely loved visiting the Tea Gardens. It is nice and peaceful. I enjoyed walking through and seeing all of the ponds with fish.

Thank Ashley D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Garden was a nice relaxing place to visit. Not a huge place, but nice. For all the people that say it wasn't a true Japanese garden...You can't grow the native Japanese gardens in the San Antonio desert! The Koi were cool.

Thank Kevin G
Reviewed 5 days ago

I made a point of making time to visit. My husband and brother were not overly interested until they saw how incredible they were. We hiked up some of the trails to the top to have a look down, and the view of San Antonio...More

Thank lac0423
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Why shouldn't you pet enjoy the best San Antonio has to offer? Lol lots of low stairs for them to walk, lots of flowers and greenery for them to pee on. Ponds and some shaded areas to protect them from the Texas sun! Across the...More

Thank blackcadillacs
Reviewed 1 week ago

Afer visisting San Antonio many times, I thought we'd try something different. THis was a beautiful place with incredible flowers, waterfalland fish. Great place to get out of the heat and what a wonderful place for photograph

Thank metooboohoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All of our group were impressed- so beautiful....for gardeners and non-gardeners! And free to the public!

Thank Brenda D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I highly recommend a stop here. The grounds are gorgeous, especially considering that it's free to the public. It's a great place to relax and take photos. You can bring your own food and drink, just remember to preserve the beauty of the gardens. There...More

1  Thank Annette S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really good place to take a stroll and look at some of the beautiful plants. Make sure and bring some bread to feed the Koi Fish that swim in the huge pond provided to them. There is also a small little deli...More

Thank Stephanie R
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30 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.
6 February 2017|
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Response from hrider602016 | Reviewed this property |
It is not in walking distance but a short taxi ride.