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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  • Great Greek food choices and trendy shops to experience as you stroll along the waterfront. Take a boat tour and watch the divers extract sponges found throughout the area shops.  more »
  • We went here with an uncle and it made for an interesting visit. There is basically a Main Street with shops selling sea sponges and Greek restaurants. The waterside has a few boats with sponges and t...  more »
  • After eating lunch at Dimitri's on the Water we walked down the boat docks with the children. Beautiful day, we stopped and listened to one of the sponge fishermen talk to tourist explaining about the...  more »

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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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