In a wave of xenophobia that swept the nation during World War II, tea gardens around the country were vandalized. To protect the Alamo City's most famous tea garden, City leaders renamed it the Chinese Tea Garden. But in 1984, the name was changed back to the Japanese Tea Garden. Filled with Koi ponds, beautiful plants and more often than not, couples dressed in tuxedos and wedding gowns, the former limestone quarry that helped fuel San Antonio's growth is always the way to a peaceful afternoon. For the full experience, pause for photos by the waterfall and follow the trail up to the pavilion for a bird's-eye view. 3875 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 207-3050, saparksfoundation.org
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