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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

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. 
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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
Visit Greece Without Leaving Florida