Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs

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Visit Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, one of the world's leading natural sponge markets. Since 1890, the sponge harvesting industry had been developing in this small seaside resort. Divers from Greece were brought to the United States, and they would use diving equipment to collect these aquatic animals and prepare them for sale. At the beginning of the 20th century, the resort became known as the Sponge Capital of the World. Today, you can learn about the sponge harvesting industry at the site, hear about its history, and buy sponges to use for bathing, decorating, and cleaning. Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • My husband and I visited the area as a day trip. Neither of us had been to dock since the pandemic had started. We were pleased to see the area is still thriving. Both of us agreed that other coastal....  more
    My husband and I visited the area as a day trip. Neither of us had been to dock since the pandemic had started. We were pleased to see the area is still thriving. Both of us agreed that other coastal....  more »
  • Visited Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on a Monday afternoon. Interesting and many stores and restaurants. The restaurant we wanted to go to was closed on Mondays. The people are very friendly 
    Visited Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on a Monday afternoon. Interesting and many stores and restaurants. The restaurant we wanted to go to was closed on Mondays. The people are very friendly  more »
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  • Highly recommend coming here while traveling through the area. I have been here many times years ago and brought my husband for his first time lately. We were able to eat, shop and experience the culture. It was a great time and we would highly recommend it. The food was amazing and love the sponges and various crafts that they have. Stop in and give them a try.
  • In all the time I've spent in Tampa I've never visited Tarpon Springs. What a totally unique, fascinating place. I was told all the new shops and such have changed it, but I still see it as a slice of old working Florida seaside communities. A wonderful ethnic flavor with genuine blue collar feel. Only a half hour from Tampa. I recommend a full day visit. Walk the shops, have a flavorful lunch and dinner, book a boat trip.

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