Brackenridge Park

San Antonio, Texas



Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Gardens, or Sunken Gardens, is the former site of the rock quarry that produced the limestone used to construct the Texas State Capitol.

Along the walls of the former quarry are constructed walkways and gardens. The center bowl of the quarry is filled with water forming ponds stocked with colorful fish and crossed with bridges.

The gardens are the original site of the Alamo Cement Company. The original smokestack and kiln are on the hillside next to the gardens.

Brackenridge Park is also home to the Sunken Gardens Theatre, an outdoor theater that hosts concerts, theatrical presentations and festivals.

Tea Garden


The Brackenridge Eagle

The Brackenridge Eagle is a big hit with the kids. At only a couple of dollars it is affordable for families.

The small-size narrow-gage train travels for two-and-a-half miles around Brackenridge Park. You pass the zoo, some ponds, the Witte Museum, got through trees and a tunnel, and can make a stop at the Japanese Tea Garden before returning to the "station."

Maybe the engineer will toot the horn on the replica 1863 Central Pacific Huntington steam locomotive pulling you along.

San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium

The San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium is located within Brackenridge Park. Much loved by locals it is also recognized as one of the top zoos in the United States.

You will find there 3,500-plus animals representing 750 species, including the endangered species.


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