City of Tarpon Springs
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Visit Greece Without Leaving Florida

Welcome to Tarpon Springs

The historic waterfront town of Tarpon Springs - just 20 minutes north of

Clearwater - has a way of transporting you thousands of miles away to a coastal

village in Greece.

After   the   discovery   of   natural   sponge   beds   in   the   early   1900s,   Greek   sponge   divers   arrived   in   Tarpon Springs,   a   community   at   the   northern   end   of   the   St   Petersburg/Clearwater   area.   The   main   attraction   of Tarpon   Springs   then   became   its   famous   Sponge   Docks,   which   are   set   along   the   Anclote   River.   The   Greek heritage   is   still   strong   here   -   if   you’re   even   remotely   of   Hellas   heritage,   you’ll   probably   discover   a   cousin or two in this town. Dodecanese   Boulevard,   which   follows   the   riverfront,   is   lined   with   gift   shops   that   carry   everything   from souvenirs   to   home   goods,   natural   sponges   to   olive   oil   soap.   Wander   a   few   blocks   south   and   you’ll   find several   antique   shops   on   downtown’s   Tarpon   Avenue.   Authentic   Greek   restaurants   -   including   Mama’s Greek   Cuisine,   Hellas   and   Mykonos   -   smell   too   good   to   resist.   Stop   in   for   a   honey-infused   pastry   and   strong coffee or a hearty dinner. At   the   Tarpon   Springs   Aquarium,   pet   the   baby   sharks   and   stingrays   and   learn   about   the   sea   life   of   the nearby   Gulf   of   Mexico,   and   make   sure   to   visit   St   Nicholas   Greek   Orthodox   Cathedral,   an   ornate,   historic building off Pinellas Ave. Events City Contact Information Visitor Guide Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce Tarpon Springs Merchants’ Association Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater (Pinellas County Visitors’ Bureau) Jolley Trolley Information Jolley Trolley North County Route Map Walking Tour Tarpon Springs Historical Newspaper Excerpts and City Archives Tarpon Springs Historical Society Tour the Tarpon Springs Municipal Golf Course

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Dodecanese   Boulevard,   also   known   as the      sponge      Docks,      follows      the riverfront    and    is    lined    with    a    wide variety    of    restaurants    and    eclectic shops      offering      everything      from souvenirs,          home     goods,     natural sponges,   clothing,   jewelry   and   olive oil soap.
City of Tarpon Springs
Copyright © 2015 City of Tarpon Springs. All rights registered

Welcome to Tarpon

Springs

The historic waterfront town

of Tarpon Springs - just 20

minutes north of Clearwater -

has a way of transporting you

thousands of miles away to a

coastal village in Greece.

After    the    discovery    of    natural    sponge beds   in   the   early   1900s,   Greek   sponge divers     arrived     in     Tarpon     Springs,     a community   at   the   northern   end   of   the   St Petersburg/Clearwater    area.    The    main attraction      of      Tarpon      Springs      then became   its   famous   Sponge   Docks,   which are    set    along    the    Anclote    River.    The Greek   heritage   is   still   strong   here   -   if you’re   even   remotely   of   Hellas   heritage, you’ll probably discover a cousin or two in this town. Dodecanese   Boulevard,   which   follows   the   riverfront,   is   lined   with   gift   shops that   carry   everything   from   souvenirs   to   home   goods,   natural   sponges   to   olive oil   soap.   Wander   a   few   blocks   south   and   you’ll   find   several   antique   shops   on downtown’s   Tarpon   Avenue.   Authentic   Greek   restaurants   -   including   Mama’s Greek   Cuisine,   Hellas   and   Mykonos   -   smell   too   good   to   resist.   Stop   in   for   a honey-infused pastry and strong coffee or a hearty dinner. At   the   Tarpon   Springs   Aquarium,   pet   the   baby   sharks   and   stingrays   and   learn about   the   sea   life   of   the   nearby   Gulf   of   Mexico,   and   make   sure   to   visit   St Nicholas   Greek   Orthodox   Cathedral,   an   ornate,   historic   building   off   Pinellas Ave. Events City Contact Information Visitor Guide Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce Tarpon Springs Merchants’ Association Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater (Pinellas County Visitors’ Bureau) Jolley Trolley Information Jolley Trolley North County Route Map Walking Tour Tarpon Springs Historical Newspaper Excerpts and City Archives Tarpon Springs Historical Society Tour the Tarpon Springs Municipal Golf Course
Visit Greece Without Leaving Florida