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Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Dodecanese blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Dining, Shopping
Owner description: The Sponge Industry helped build a Greek Community that is now famous not only for the worlds finest sponges, but for some of the finest Greek... more » Owner description: The Sponge Industry helped build a Greek Community that is now famous not only for the worlds finest sponges, but for some of the finest Greek Restaurants, Markets, and Bakeries in the Country. « less
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Baldwinsville, New York, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were directed to Tarpon Springs by the front desk of our hotel. We had no idea that sponging as such a big commodity in this area. We also noted a very strong Greek presence and the smells emanating from the restaurants and bakeries along the dock were enticing. We went toward the end of the night so most of... More

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Homosassa, Florida, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The Sponge Docks are a fun place to visit. There are many good restaurant choices and Hella's, one of the best bakeries I every been in. There are many places to buy real sponges. I have them in every bathroom now - no more of those fake net or sponge-like things. Shops with the expected tourist souvenirs and clothing. There... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Hella's highly recommend.The bakery is stunning eye candy a must have.parking3-5 $ Boat tour, fun !!

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Gainesville, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Being a transplant Chicago girl now living in Florida I miss the ethnic atmosphere of the Chicago area but most especially the Greek areas where I still have many friends. The Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida were manned by Greek immigrants drawn to the area by the local sponge trade which kept the area growing for many years. Unfortunately,... More

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Paintsville, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Loved this natural sponge retrieval docks, as that is what ships do and bring back in to sell at local shops. It is a Greek inspired township.

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Knox, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

We spent the day at the docks had a good time. Seen two elderly gentlemen get into a tif. Lol... screaming at each in their language over one stealing the other tourist. Any way lots of shops , cruises. Hippie festival was charming.

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Lakeland, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
38 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Kitschy place in Tarpon Springs. Lots of authentic Greek restaurants. Boat tours of the Tarpon Springs area. An authentic sponge diver here and there. If you want an authentic sponge, olive oil soap, or olive oil and Baklava, this is your place. On Epiphany they have a dive for a cross. Pretty special! This is where you can develop an... More

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Hobe Sound
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60 reviews 60 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I was first here in 1960 and still remember sponges on the dock. Today this is a tourist attraction. There are many good greek restaurants and the chamber of commerce building which was the old train depot is a wonderful place to visit for history, no charge but we gave a donation. We walked around some but were a little... More

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england
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Lovely town. Good for shopping all those touristy knick-knacks; shells etc. Excellent for a boat trip over to Anclote Island. Plenty of boat companies to chose from. We went with Spongorama. The captain spent an extra half hour searching for dolphins. We were treated to a delightful experience of Mummy & Baby Dolphin swimming right by our boat.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Many great and delicious restaurants here where you can take a break from browsing the numerous shopping venues. The perfect place to pick up souvenirs (besides sponges!) Highly recommended! - Delicious Greek food options!

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