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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  • Unfortunately we hit it too early. You can also take excursions and fishing boats. Nice walking village. Take a drive into it, you will be surprised how pretty some areas are. 
    Unfortunately we hit it too early. You can also take excursions and fishing boats. Nice walking village. Take a drive into it, you will be surprised how pretty some areas are.  more »
  • Quaint little town, a lot of nice shops, MANY sponges to choose from. Before you park at the main parking lot, drive down on the main road and by Anibells, you can park for $4 . Many choices of... 
    Quaint little town, a lot of nice shops, MANY sponges to choose from. Before you park at the main parking lot, drive down on the main road and by Anibells, you can park for $4 . Many choices of...  more »
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  • So much fun seeing the sponges hanging on the boats, having just been harvested from the ocean. A Greek community where they’ve been diving for sponges since the 1890’s. Great Greek restaurants and bakeries. Lots of cool shops to investigate. If you’re in the area, don’t miss out on a fun day. Enjoy!!!
  • Great place to walk if you don't mind paying for parking or the trolley. It's a very Greek district and they're proud of it, with plenty of Greek restaurants. Sponges around here because, well, it's the sponge docks. Restaurants are great but gift shops sell more or less the same stuff, which is great if you love handmade goat milk soap, Tarpon Springs shirts, and reversible plush octopuses. We didn't go on the dolphin tours but considering how many there are, you'll not be at a loss for choice here.

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