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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  • August 14, 2017
    We love walking around the shops and this is our go to place any time we need to buy souvenirs for friends or family back home. There is so much Greek cuisine and merchandise that you are sure to find...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The sponge docks are for tourists, which is what we were on this trip. Going there knowing what to expect is key. We made this a stop on a weekend trip from Orlando and had a nice time. The sponge doc...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    i have lived - part time in Tarpon Springs for 10 years - after that the docks do loose some luster. For a new person they are great! Make certain you take the ST. Nicholas boat ride - 40 minutes+- fo...  more »

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