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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 good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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 3 days ago

A smaller version of Butchart Gardens. Enjoyed learning the history of the garden. Be sure to ask why the welcoming arch to the gardens has "Chinese Tea Garden" engraved (on it). Spectacular plants, colors and waterfall.

Thank kathi48
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Another experience of Japanese food , I enjoy eating . First! I am a huge fan of buffet! Thanks to my generous Tito and Tita for once again inviting me for a dinner. This place Reston is also owned my Chef Laudico. We ordered a...More

Thank Heather L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is so beautiful, my sister got married here. Since we go to the zoo a lot, we make it a point to come here and eat. Their teas are truly one of a kind and you can buy the herbs to make at home...More

Thank Zynthia Z
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a free, beautiful place to visit. My hubby and I walked around and explored the area and just relaxed. There is a nice tea house there as well. I would recommend it for little children or anyone who can't easily climb steps. It...More

Thank Flamingojacque
Reviewed 1 week ago

a really nice place to visit both for local or tourists. Just don't eat at the cafe, is not worth your money, but a drink is ok i guess. And come in the morning in summer time before the heat strikes!

1  Thank Kristi T
Reviewed 1 week ago

We bring our kids here a couple times a year at least, we love seeing the fish and turtles. The scenery is beautiful.

Thank Scarlett M
Reviewed 1 week ago

First off these Gardens are lovely, well kept, and a fun experience but to really walk around the garden you must be able to walk up and down odd-shaped natural rock stairs. I came here to visit with both of my 80+ year old grandmothers...More

Thank Alyza P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautiful and stunning display of gardening. It had wonderful plants, and a beautiful water scape!

Thank Jai100Owen
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Tea Garden after visiting the zoo and WoW! pretty ponds filled with Koi fish, various walk ways and bridges. Very picturesque

Thank Kimplatinum
Reviewed 1 week ago

When first looking at the entrance you wonder if this is truly a Japanese Garden. Once inside you see the beautiful green gardens, the cooling 60 foot waterfall, lily ponds and Koi ponds. Perfect for pictures and time to relax for awhile.

Thank NormKeith
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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.
Denise S
25 January 2017|
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Response from Mike N | Reviewed this property |
Anytime is worth a visit.