In the early 1900's spongers from Greece began settling this area due to the plentiful supply of sponges off the coast of Florida. Experience the rich history and amazing Greek food with a day at the sponge docks.
Tarpon Springs Florida
The Sponge Capital of the World
Fresh Seafood and Rusty Bellies
One of our favorite fresh seafood markets and restaurant at the end of the sponge docks. Due to their popularity expect a wait for dinner, but don't mind it is well worth it. Tell them Florida Sun sent you!
Tarpon Springs Aquarium
This hidden gem near the end of the sponge docks houses many species of fish from the area. The live interactive feeding is a favorite among the youngsters.
Two Georges Deep Sea Fishing
Hop aboard for a day of deep sea fishing. Very affordable and I hear the catches are pretty good. They will filet the catch and local restaurants will even cook it for you.
This world famous Tarpon Springs icon has delicous food and pastries to die for.
Pastries and Cakes
Piles and piles of calories await inside of Hellas Bakery. Go ahead splurge a little. Your on vacation!
The sponge industry is alive and well in Tarpon Springs
Typical Sponge Boat
Many boats still line the old Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and await there next foray out to sea.
The Sponge Factory
This shop has a great film that runs all day long and explains the rich history of the rise of the sponge trade and the tecniques for harvesting sponges from the deep.
At the entrance to the sponge docks and near the huge parking lot. Tarpon Springs welcomes you.
Early sponge boat
Here is a preserved example of the early sponge boats, used by the navy during World War II and decomissioned as a sponge boat in the sixties.
Many shops line the streets where you can buy sponges, goats milk soaps, shells and other nifty gift ideas.
The bikes of the sponge docks are the work of an anonymous artist. See how many you can count on Dodacanese Blvd.
The best goats milk soap on earth exists here.
This monument displays the typical suits used by divers for sponging these waters.
The mother load
These two men spent more than three weeks at sea harvesting.
These sponges are awaiting bidders and eventual sale.
Considered the founder of the sponge industry in Tarpon Springs.
This was a great day for the spongers as many of the boats had good harvests.
Authentic Greek Restaurants
Authentic Greek restaurants, too many to count, await you, including Mykonos.