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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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Where to stay in Tarpon Springs

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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  • From the moment you park and start walking you look around and fall in love with this place. Cozy atmosphere and ambiance with very friendly and authentic people. Quaint shops, lots of bars and just t...  more »
  • A great place to visit! Great food, tons of shops, a few antique stores, take a dolphin cruise, and visit the aquarium! A great day!  more »
  • The sponge docks are always a fun place to see. Lots of great Greek restaurants and shops. You can see the boats come in with fresh sponges on them. OPA-Looza is a weekend festival with booths on the ...  more »