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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%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“koi fish” (55 reviews)
“old quarry” (41 reviews)
“rock quarry” (36 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 25 April 2016 via mobile

Lovely spot with plants, koi ponds, waterfalls, trails, trails, shelters, and a restaurant. No admission fee. Built on site of old quarry and cement kilns from a century and a half ago. Designed and maintained by a Japanese family until they were displaced following Pearl...More

Thank docwhiteaustin
Reviewed 25 April 2016

charming spot if you need positive energy just spend sometime there. good place to release stress. love to go back

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

The sunken garden which was once a limestone quarry has a waterfall and large koi ponds complete with bridges, stairs, island,and upper and lower views. If you enjoy photography or sketching, this could easily be a several hour to all day outing with lunch at...More

Thank Fadeer
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Such a peaceful, serene area. Up and down the narrow paths. Looking at colorful fish and greenery. A getaway spot.

Thank Karen O
Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is a must see if you like gardens,koi ponds, waterfalls, and designs of rock and pathways. Of all the sights in San Antonio, this is my very FAVORITE!

Thank Christy N
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Get ready for stairs, but this is a MUST see. It was like going to another world--so incredibly beautiful and peaceful.

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 15 April 2016

I absolutely love the Japanese Tea Gardens. It's amazing to realize that this beautiful botanical garden was once a rock quarry. It's a good hike down into the gardens, but worth the walk. We happened to be there at the perfect time...all the flowers and...More

Thank Massdane
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

If you have a couple of hours & are wanting a nature break, the Japanese Tea Gardens are a great choice! There is no admission fee & the gardens are beautiful. It's not a huge properly but we thoroughly enjoyed seeing the vegetation and wildlife...More

Thank Stemstory
Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

Small garden park with a pond and waterfall. Great environment for those romantic pictures/selfies! The ponds are full of koi fish that you can feed. So cute and walking distance from other great things in SA.

Thank Calina G
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We stopped here quickly after the zoo as we were limited on time. The gardens were lovely - lots of red geraniums. Pretty area, lovely architecture, koi ponds - a fun little jaunt that can be done quickly if need be or you can sit...More

Thank Trulyblessedmama
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Beth S
Is this a place I can bring a picnic too? Are there spots that my kids could sit and eat?
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.
how far is it from central San Antonio/river walk
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
Is it good to go in February? Or just sad and no green at all?
25 January 2017|
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Response from Mike N | Reviewed this property |
Anytime is worth a visit.