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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  • What remains are 2-3 still active sponge trawlers out of a once mighty fleet of several hundred sponge boats. What you will find are a lot of "souvenir" shops selling very pricey sponges of all shapes...  more »
  • Took family from Virginia to the docks and on the Odyssey Cruise line. Perfect day, great Captain Jim and Rick! Dolphins, shells, the Greek Air Force along the posts! LOL Great day to say "Opa"  more »
  • small village with grieschischem flair, sponge divers and some bars with Greek. Food, overall very loose, take care when parking, $10 are too much, rather around the corner parking, boat trips are cheap, which is pretty nice, a captain said people: If you've been in 10 souvenir shops, you've seen too much eight...
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Hotels and motels reflect the 1950s fashion of two-story complexes with long balconies. Almost every hotel offers a gated pool area to help beat the Florida heat. A handful of early 20th-century homes have been converted to bed and breakfasts that embody the character of the town.
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