RELAXING ENVIROMENT. SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT.WALKING THROUGH THIS GARDEN IS SUCH A RELAXING AND TRANSCENDING MOMENT.KOI AND VARIOUS PLANTS SURROUND THE AREA.SOMETIMES EXHIBITS ARE SHOWN THROUGHOUT THE GARDEN.PREVIOUSLY THEY HAD AN INSECT EXHIBIT .HUGE MODEL INSECTS SAT IN THE GARDEN.SOMETIMES THEY EVEN HAVE STORYTIME/BOOK EVENTS IN THE GARDEN....CHECK IT OUT SOMETIME
Beauty beyond belief............ This is one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever visited. If you visit this city and miss seeing this spot, you've done your self a dis-service. Also the park within where it's located is magnificent. Give yourself a day for this area. It also has on of the finest zoos I've ever seen. There are just too many attractions to list, but it's a must see on anyones list.
Beautiful Place to Reflect and Meditate. Ignore the previous negative reviews for this place, as it was just recently remodeled. The waters are flowing, the flowers are blooming. At first sight when you overlook the gardens, it is breath-taking. It is small, but the intricate design of the bridges and the large kiosk compensate for the size by their complexity. Yes, there are a lot of stairs since you essentially walk down about 20 feet or so, but there are also handicap ramps that allow you to access most of the garden, or at least have a nice view. We went there with my 2-year old daughter, and if you have a little one you need to keep a close eye out on them as the rock edges are sharp, and it would be easy for them to fall into the (shallow) pool. I didn?t walk across the suspension bridge as a precaution. The place is beautiful, though. We went in the afternoon, but it would be great to go at dawn or dusk just to relax and meditate (it is open from 6 a.m. ? 11 p.m., and is free). Remember to read the story of this place on one of the plaques, it is fascinating. The entrance says Chinese Tea Gardens, but that is due to WWII anti-Japanese sentiment. I suppose they left it as a reminder of our country?s grave error and mistreatment of Japanese Americans during that time. I enjoyed the proximity to the San Antonio Zoo, Brackenridge Park, and the Witte Museum. These are all within walking distance of each other, you could spend a whole day looking at all of those sites. (A side note: I didn?t see any cats. They must have been sleeping somewhere). A definite recommend. I?ve lived here for 1 year and this is the first time I?ve seen this place, I will certainly come back frequently and bring family here
Best kept secret in San Antonio. The Tea Garden was a surprise which will always be a memory highlighting my trip to San Antonio. I suddenly found my time had run out for visiting the Botanical Gardens, which had been my original destination before heading to the airport to leave town. As I passed the unique entrance of the Tea Garden, some little voice in me said "This must be something not to miss seeing." How right to listen to my inner voice! I found the visitors quiet and respectful enjoying the beautiful flowers, the waterfall, the birds which must find the setting so welcoming, and the trails, all a treat to me as well. A "don't miss" and very doable if time is short. Near the airport if heading out of town!
MUST SEE !!!!!!!. It was amazing. I am from San Antonio, born and raised and have never been there because it was dry and just never seemed to interest me. It is now open and filled with water and some fish. It is so peaceful and beautiful and spectacular and best of all free. I am getting married in June and am going to have my bridal portrait taken out there, it is just that beautiful of a backdrop. Caution to those who have trouble with stairs though, there are a ton. It is a lot of up and down, but totally worth it. You should go!!!
The Garden is Closed. My husband and I went a week ago and the garden is completely closed and under construction. There were no signs indicating when the garden would reopen. It didn't look like it would open any time soon.
A beautiful experience.. The garden is currently under construction, but my boyfriend and I went in just to see what it looked like while we were in San Antonio. I'm so happy that we did go. It is such a beautiful and peaceful place. We took many pictures that I know we will always treasure. I can't wait to go back when the reconstruction is complete!!
What's Happened?. I visited the Japanese Tae Garden in May of 2004 and found that all the ponds were drained. It was still a beautiful place but I wish I had known that the Koi fish and waterfalls were no longer there. I was told the Gardens had been in this condition for quite some time. It is in serious need of some attention to return this place to the exraordinary beauty I remember from years ago.
Brackenridge Park's most tranquil spot has some interesting history behind it..
Located inside beautiful Brackenridge Park, the gardens alone are more than lovely. Koi glide past lily pads in emerald ponds; waterfalls cascade down foliage-covered cliffs; a massive stone pagoda provides a panoramic view of the entire spread. The sound of falling water and a tranquil air marks these year-round gardens, and colorful blooms can be seen in the spring.
The gardens, like the Trinity University campus to the west, were once a rock quarry, and the limestone mined here was carted to Austin to create the capitol building. Originally dedicated as the Japanese Tea Gardens, the site was referred to as the Chinese Tea Gardens during World War II to avoid hostile backlash. Once again known by its proper name, the gardens offer peace and quiet to all.
Neglected, but quiet. During its hay day this place must have been something. However, now it is neglected and in much need of repair. The majority of the original plant life is barely hanging on, if at all. The Grafitti reported in other ratings is more then abundent, and the place needs good mantinance work (sweeping, repainting etc.) What was once a nice pond and what must have been an attractive waterfall us all dried up. But its a quiet place to bring a date. Not exactly top notch, but worth at least 15 minutes.