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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 © 2019 City of Tarpon Springs. Accessibility

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