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Our Day in Tarpon Springs

We started our day at the Tarpon Springs Aquarium! We checked out a live show, fed some animals, and even made friends with a tortoise named Pebbles!

Next, we took a free tasting tour at the Tarpon Springs Distillery! Our tour guide was so knowledgeable, and we learned so many new things about their distillery and spirits.

Checking out the Sponge Docks was one of our favorite stops of the day! There are so many different unique shops, restaurants, and bars to check out. We ended the day with dinner at Hellas Restaurants & Bakery, and you can’t come here without getting the saganaki! Who says no to flaming cheese?!

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Eat Greek

As an homage to the Greek sponge divers who settled in Tarpon Springs in the early 1900s, enjoy one of the many Greek eateries that line the waterfront Dodecanese Boulevard.

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Have a Beach Day

Pack your suit, sunscreen, and head to Fred Howard Park or Sunset Beach for a relaxing beach day. Maybe even bring a book, because these beaches are quiet and beloved by the locals!

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Stroll the Historic District

The charming Tarpon Springs' downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is lined with antique shops, art galleries, and historic homes dating back to the 1800s.

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Grab a Sponge

Tarpon Springs is the Sponge Capital of the World! So exploring the Sponge Docks to purchase a fresh sponge to take home.

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Go For a Boat Ride

Tarpon Springs offers a variety of different boat tours for sponge-diving, shelling, dolphin-watching, and so much more!

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Known as the "sponge capital of the world," Tarpon Springs is an incredibly beautiful…
Known as the “sponge capital of the world,” Tarpon Springs is an incredibly beautiful city that boasts miles of waterfront views, a rich Greek heritage, and plenty of unique attractions that you won’t find anywhere else! For new and old visitors, the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks is the perfect place to immediately get immersed in the city’s culture and history. There are also tons of others to explore, like Fred Howard Park, the Tarpon Springs Aquarium, the Opa! Palooza festival, and so much more! “Tarpon Springs is truly one of the most unique cities I’ve ever been to! My favorite go-to spot is definitely the sponge docks. Going through all the little local shops, eating at wonderful Greek restaurants, and embracing the lively culture has quickly become one of my favorite things to do in Tampa Bay! ” – Howard
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Getting Around

Driving is your best bet to get around all of Tarpon Springs! If you're looking…
Driving is your best bet to get around all of Tarpon Springs! If you’re looking to stay around the Sponge Docks, there are tons of parking lots and street parking available and it’s very walkable throughout that area.
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FAQs

Our most frequently asked questions about Tarpon Springs.

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Tarpon Springs is the Sponge Capital of the World! The Sponge Industry helped build the Greek community in Tarpon Springs. Head to the famous Sponge Docks to purchase your own fresh sponge and enjoy authentic Greek food!

Yes! Tarpon Springs is known for their Greek Restaurants in the country, some even say it’s like getting a taste of Greece! From Mama’s Greek Cuisine to Mr. Souvlaki Greek Restaurant, try them all!

Tarpon Springs has something for all ages from boat tours to see dolphins, interacting with the animals at the Tarpon Springs Aquarium, or even playing games at the Replay Amusement Museum! 

Not only do they have various farmers’ markets and arts festivals, but they also host huge annual events like the Tarpon Springs Hippiefest, the Sponge Docks Seafood Festival, and the OPA Palooza Greek Festival!

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