Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs

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, Tarpon Springs Edition.
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  • After dining at Hellas, we went across the street to see the sponges that the boats had brought bake from the Gulf. A wide variety of shapes and sizes were found in their nets. Many shops have them fo...  more »
  • We were staying in Tampa and it was raining so we drove up to Tarpon Springs where it wasn't raining and enjoyed a couple of hours enjoying the area. It is definitely a tourist area. Most places you h...  more »
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  • Super cool place, the parking is 2-5 dollars depending on where you park, and they have many attractions including sponge shops, handmade soap, Greek pastries and desserts, delicious Greek food, clothing, candy shops, boutiques, and some good priced leather bag shops. There are also places like beef jerky shops, and ice cream places. There are many people handing out boat tours that are relatively cheap. Overall cool place!
  • 🏧💵🚙 Bring cash (~$5) for parking. Sunglasses and/or a hat aren't a bad idea, either. ❤️ The Sponge Docks are always a great time, especially if you have family or friends visiting from out of the area, they will have a great time! There's a myriad of retailers and restaurants! If you aren't hungry, thirsty, or in the mood to walk or shop, you can still take in the beautiful and charming locale! Great way to kill a few hours, especially in the autumn and winter months!

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