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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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  • Average7%
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“koi fish” (61 reviews)
“old quarry” (46 reviews)
“rock quarry” (41 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3800 N Saint Marys St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3170
Uptown Broadway
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+1 210-559-3148
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went there on a Sunday so it was crowded. This garden is in a old quarry. It is free and if you are into gardens, you definitely should put this on your list. I had a little trouble getting around only because the walkways...More

Thank arithecat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Never did expect to see such a beautiful place in the middle of no where. So relaxing could have spent a wgole afternoon here. No words to express how beautiufl it was. A must see.

Thank Dolores W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hard to believe that an abandoned quarry could be turned into such a beautiful attraction. Very relaxing to stroll around and soak up the beauty.

Thank mlunstra2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked to the Tea Gardens from the centre of San Antonio using the Riverwalk until past the Pearl brewery complex. The Tea Gardens are lovely and peaceful and feature a series of pools on different levels and a waterfall. You can walk easily around...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

I'm certainly glad there was no charge to get in because I was not able to see very much because there were very few handrails.

Thank SYinPearland
Reviewed 16 October 2017

This was included in a tour we booked and we were given ample time to view and walk the gardens. Beautiful place with lots to see! There are lots of steps and stone walkways with inclines but well worth the effort to walk the entire...More

Thank 281cynthiam
Reviewed 12 October 2017

When you enter the sign says Chinese Tea Garden! We asked about it and was told a Chinese woman bought the garden but hired a Japanese designer to create the gardens, hence Japanese Garden. Beautiful to walk through.

Thank runner333371
Reviewed 11 October 2017

A must see in my opinion. My ankles were swollen from travel and lots of waking but the extra walk to the Japanese Tea Gardens was well worth it. If you’re in the San Antonio area, make a point to visit the Japanese Tea Gardens.

Thank picklep00
Reviewed 11 October 2017

From rock quarry to garden of excellence is truly an amazing site. Built before ADA, yet it still offer those impaired good views of the water fall, the Koi ponds and vision of the designer who laid the stone and created a tribute to man’s...More

Thank hcm013
Reviewed 8 October 2017

This is a FREE site and was a pleasant surprise to visit. This site covers a few acres and is filled with plants and hundreds of Japanese coys. There is a nice sandwich shop on premise if you're hungry.

Thank Moose21014
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842wesn
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
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ScottieD1959
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
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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.
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