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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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  • The area is quite the tourist venue. There are t-shirt shops galore, souvenir shops, leather goods shops, some jewelry, sponge sales, restaurants and boat tours (dolphin, sponge diving, etc). We spent...  more »
  • Lots of shops with lots of sponges, and souveniers to buy. Hand rolled cigars, beer, wine, to enjoy while the wife shops. Working sponge boats line the docks and sea wall. Great place for taking pictu...  more »
  • If you don't drive off the road to the unique downtown you might not even know this place exists ! Its a sleepy little fishing village unlike you've seen before. no fish market here. Just quaint littl...  more »