Sometimes, the R & R part of a vacation gets lost in all the excitement and activity. If you want to achieve a more Zen state of mind, visit the Japanese Tea Garden located on the vast grounds of Brackenridge Park. Originally built in 1918 at the site of an abandoned rock quarry, the garden reopened in early 2008 after completion of a $1.5 million project to overhaul the infrastructure (further renovations continue). Wander the tranquil grounds from dawn to dusk—at no charge—and be rejuvenated by the sound of the 60-foot waterfall, the sight of Koi swimming lazily in the ponds, and the scent of the lush flower gardens. Fund-raising efforts are currently underway in order to restore the Jingu House, named after the family that lived and worked in the garden in the 1920s.
Attractions & Landmarks, Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries