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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. Using our international travel planner, Tarpon Springs attractions like Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Back in Florida for the winter, and per tradition visited the sponge docks at Tarpon Springs. No matter how many times I come here, I always enjoy it. Truly amazing to see all the different type of sp...  more »
  • Reading the other reviews then going here, the reviews were very accurate. This is a fun small little touristy town that survives on selling great Greek food and selling sponges they harvest right out...  more »
  • With the many shops on the main street or tucked away on the side streets and mini mall you're sure to find a special gift or keepsake. Lots of history to explore. Shop owners are friendly and helpful...  more »