The San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden, or Sunken Gardens in Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Texas, 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.
The San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden (also known as the Sunken Gardens) 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.
Jonathan Pilgrim | Jan 9, 2018
I noticed not many people have reviewed the Japanese Tea Garden, but all of them are perfect scores. I believe this is a San Antonio Hidden Gem that is a must see if your int town. Of course everyone should see downtown, The Alamo and enjoy the river walk, but if like me you spend a lot of time in San Antonio try to get out and see what else they have to offer. Breckenridge Park is a beautiful place to walk, rent a bike, ride a train or see the zoo. The Japanese Tea Garden is also here, and its free. Te garden is located in an old quarry started in the late 1800s. It was later used for concrete, and the old Kiln is still visible along with some of the buildings used by workers. The garden itself has many levels so its a great place to climb around and see some beautiful scenery. There are areas you can be alone and other areas you can see the whole garden. You may notice as you enter the garden the sign says Chinese Tea Garden. I was very confused by this until I was told the name was changed during World War II to prevent vandalism. Who knew there was so much Texas History outside Downtown San Antonio. Get out and see it.
Rhett E | Nov 15, 2017
Beautiful, must-see hidden gem of San Francisco. Don’t forget to try the cafe. A picturesque waterfall is flanked by a series of coy ponds and delicately manicured gardens. A quiet place to enjoy the view in the shade. Not to mention it’s free!
anish singh | Feb 26, 2018
Good place for a family day out in sun doing hiking, walking and nice sightseeing. I would say its truelly undersold places in places worth visiting in san antonio. Its a really pretty place and also close to the san antonio zoo. The parking and visit to the plce is also free. I will visit there again on a nice weather day as its all outdoors.
Anthony L | Jan 5, 2018
Awesome place to visit! I have never been anywhere like it. BONUS: it’s free to go!
Roman Prieto | Feb 26, 2018
Love visiting this place, great for photos and pretty romantic/relaxing.
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