11 July, 2016

The Japanese Tea Garden, San Antonio - WT Festival #Day2

There are many tourist places in San Antonio with free admission. One of those is The Japanese tea garden in Breckenridge park. This place is also known as Sunken garden / Chinese tea garden. It was opened in the early 20th century which was an abandoned limestone rock quarry as per the Wikipedia. It is listed in US National register for historic places. During the world war II,  It was renamed to Chinese Tea gardens to avoid destruction.

We have decided to visit the place with kids after reading the reviews about the waterfall and a pond with fishes there. What's fun than going to a water body to cool off the scorching heat in summer? Monsoons started in India and we miss rains after coming here.



The garden is open between 9am to 5pm. But, the Sun won't set till 7 pm here. So, visiting a place before 5 pm is like walking in the afternoon heat. We applied enough sunscreen and insect repellent to start the walk.

The place has a nice garden, a cafe, a pond with many fishes, lot of trees and shade, a waterfall and a wooden bridge. The waterfall is not that great but kids enjoyed watching fish in the pond. The place is great to take photos and have a walk under trees. We expected it to be a big garden but it didn't take more than an hour to walk around.

It would have been great if they change closing time to 8pm in summer. This place is wonderful to sit and relax with cool breeze hitting on the face in the evenings. Since this place is near Brackenridge park and San Antonio zoo, we can cover those too. Don't miss the train ride in Brackenridge park if you have kids!

There are many fantastic places around which I will be visiting soon, so please stay tuned for more info in my blog ☺

Until next time,








36 comments:

sunaina sharma said...

Is it known as both Japanese and Chinese Tea Garden? That's strange....:)

mahathi ramya A said...

Suniana, It is Japanese garden but renamed as chinese tea garden to avoid destruction and violence during world war 2.

Sheethal Susan Jacob said...

SO many beautiful places in this world.

Sheethal Susan Jacob said...

So many beautiful places in this world.

Suzy said...

Looks like a pretty place. Thanks for sharing.

Subha Rajagopal said...

Looks beautiful.Nice pics!
And what about the tea plants there?Do they have many exotic varieties?
I can imagine how it will be to sit in such a scenic place and drink a refreshing tea

Darshana Suresh said...

The photos look mesmerising..will make a sure visit if possible. :)

muddledup said...

I love this place too!! Extremely creative and beautiful when the weather is right! Went when I stayed there :)

C. TdeF said...

What a lovely place to visit!

Rajlakshmi said...

they look similar to Chinese gardens. I love them... so beautiful and peaceful. So much effort behind designing the garden :)

Kala Ravi said...

This was such a beautiful tour Ramya. Look forward to more posts on your further travels.

Esha said...

Very interesting name! Didn't hear about this garden until reading your post! Lovely pics

mahathi ramya A said...

True Sheetal ☺

Ami said...

Such a cute place. Japanese gardens are so charming.

Tina Basu said...

Such a beautiful place that is.
Regards
Tina

mahathi ramya A said...

Thanks Suzy

mahathi ramya A said...

No tea plants here Shubha. Its just garden but designed very well.

mahathi ramya A said...

Sure do try Darshana ☺

mahathi ramya A said...

Ya when weather is right. Thanks for dropping by muddle up

mahathi ramya A said...

Yes Tdef. Thanks for dropping by

mahathi ramya A said...

Yes Rajlakshmi. Beatiful and peaceful

mahathi ramya A said...

Thanks Kala. Will update more soon.

mahathi ramya A said...

Yes eesha. Since the design is in Japanese style, it might have got that name.

mahathi ramya A said...

Yes Ami, thanks for dropping by.

mahathi ramya A said...

Yes Tina, it is.

Vinay Leo R. said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit, should I come to San Antonio. :)

Erica @ ChildOrganics said...

This garden and post reminded me fondly of my late husband. He was a tea junkie and a lover of all things Zen, he would have enjoyed visiting here. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

mahathi ramya A said...

Thanks for dropping by Erica. Glad that it reminded you of good days.

mahathi ramya A said...

Yes it is Vinay.

Alana said...

I love Japanese gardens. I haven't been to San Antonio since 1976; I did visit the zoo but even in the winter (when I was there) this must have been lovely. And, to expand on something you said for the benefit of at least one of your commenters, we in the United States were at war with Japan during World War II. To our shame, many of our citizens (and many were citizens) of Japanese origin were put into interment camps. I can easily see where this garden had to change its name.

mahathi ramya A said...

Thanks for your detailed insight on name change Alana.

Parul said...

That looks lovely. I'd love to see this someday. Walking in a garden is a happy thing. The water bodies and the greens - nature at its best.

mahathi ramya A said...

Yes Parul. I too like the walks in the garden.

AuraOfThoughts said...

Wow! I love the nature's beauty.

mahathi ramya A said...

Thanks for dropping by aura.

Sanch LivingLife said...

Japanese and Chinese gardens are always so beautiful. I've been to one here in Sydney and went to one in Montreal when I was there.

Also, I can't seem to share your post directly on Twitter...you may need to adjust your sharing settings :)

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