Trip Planner:   USA  /  Texas  /  San Antonio  /  Japanese Tea Gardens

Japanese Tea Gardens, San Antonio

4.5
The San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden, or Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Texas, USA opened in an abandoned limestone rock quarry in the early 20th century. It was known also as Chinese Tea Gardens, Chinese Tea Garden Gate, Chinese Sunken Garden Gate and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.HistoryThe San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden in the U.S. state of Texas was developed on land donated to the city in 1899 by George Washington Brackenridge, president of the San Antonio Water Works Company. The ground was first broken around 1840 by German masons, who used the readily accessible limestone to supply the construction market. Many San Antonio buildings, including the Menger Hotel, were built with the stone from this quarry on the Rock Quarry Road.In 1880 the Alamo Cement Company was incorporated and produced cement for 26 years in the kiln, the chimney of which still stands today. Supporting the workforce of the quarry was a small "village", populated primarily by Mexican-Americans who worked the site. They and their families became popular with tourists, who purchased pottery, hand woven baskets, and food.About 1917, City Parks Commissioner Ray Lambert visualized an oriental-style garden in the pit of the quarry. His engineer, W.S. Delery, developed plans, but no work began until individual and private donors provided funds in 1918. Lambert used prison labor to shape the quarry into a complex that included walkways, stone arch bridges, an island and a Japanese pagoda.
By using our San Antonio road trip site , you can arrange your visit to Japanese Tea Gardens and other attractions in San Antonio.
Source
Create an itinerary including Japanese Tea Gardens
map
Places to stay near Japanese Tea Gardens
Japanese Tea Gardens Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
1,379 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • This is nice to take a small stroll if you’re near DT SA and want to escape the city feel. It was relaxing and clean. There were 2 or 3 different leveled areas to walk through . One of those areas wal...  more »
  • We visited this architecturally beautiful well maintained garden on 03 Feb 2018; which is adjacent to San Antonio Zoo. Its beauty comes to its bloom in summer. It provides picturesque locations for fa...  more »
  • We were pleasantly surprised with our visit here. It is very picturesque, well maintained, and peaceful. And it's free! I am really glad we took the time to stop here.  more »
Google
  • I am so amazed. So peaceful and beautiful, we came early that morning so there's no many people yet which is great. Oh I love this garden so much I don't wanna leave. So pretty, koi fish we're so amazing, even some ducks in the pond. Falls is great. Majestic. Fantastic. Surely will come back if I'm in this area again. 😉
  • This is a very little known gem in San Antonio. I love this place because it is beautiful and free. I recommend to pair it with a day at the park or a day at the zoo, both within walking distance of the japannesse tea gardens. There is a tea shop at the entrance to refresh during the summer or warm up during the winter. This is a place to bring your camera since pictures cone amazingly beautiful
  • A very tranquil and peaceful place, even with a lot of foot traffic. Can get crowds at peak times--weekends and weekday evenings--but that is in part due to the price (FREE!) and location in Brackenridge Park, within easy walking distance of the San Antonio Zoo (which *does* charge admission). I went right at sunset, about 5:30 pm in late November. The cafe/shop was closed (it closes at 5:00) so I can't rate that, but the garden itself is great. It's well-kept, has lots of paths, and it's very photogenic if you want to take pictures with the family. One important note : the garden is as vertical as it is horizontal, so be prepared for steps. I didn't see any access ramps within the garden itself, but the cafe and gazebo/patio area (which overlooks the garden) is definitely accessible (via ramp) from the parking lot. Everyone I saw within the lower levels of the garden was on foot.
  • Pretty crowded. Nice scenery considering the season. Good place for photos if you go during a time with fewer people. Not too much walking involved but there's plenty of options for shooting if you want multiple angles.
  • This place is surprisingly beautiful, I mean who would have thought that San Antonio would have a real Japanese Garden, and definitely worth a visit given the incredible prices of admission (free). The views are great and there is even a waterfall. If you have the time for a place like this, do come. Make sure you bring a camera, or at least one of those selfie sticks. I’m going to let the photos do the talking.

Plan your trip to San Antonio

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Japanese Tea Gardens by other users

9 days in San Antonio, Austin & Houston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in San Antonio BY A USER FROM MEXICO March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Texas BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Texas BY A USER FROM TURKEY May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Texas BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Texas BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM May, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in San Antonio BY A USER FROM EGYPT June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Austin BY A USER FROM EGYPT May, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in San Antonio BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: November, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans