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Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

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Address: Dodecanese blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
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Activities: Dining, Shopping
Description: The Sponge Industry helped build a Greek Community that is now famous not...
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.
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Little too much hype

We felt as if we were being hustled a bit, but the seafood was excellent. We did come back just before we left for a few gifts and of course found a nice fruit stand.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Winchester, Tennessee
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Cheektowaga, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

If you want to feel that small town fishing village vibe - don't miss this! It has restaurants, shops, and a whole lot of greek restaurants - nothing fancy, just plain and simple but wow! all the shells and sea sponges you can purchase at very, very reasonable prices. Some are huge and heavy so if going and want to... More 

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Spencer, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

It is such an experience to see this many sponges and if you like you can go on the little excursion and watch the diver dive down to get them. There is always something to love about going on Dolcanese Avenue in Tarpon.

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Winchester, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We felt as if we were being hustled a bit, but the seafood was excellent. We did come back just before we left for a few gifts and of course found a nice fruit stand.

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Middletown, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

a strip of little stores with nick knack dust collecters like shot glasses and t shirts and sea shell wind chimes etc... grrek resteraunts with gyros and very over priced for small portions. The sponges were the only cool part abpout it . 2 hours if that and you have seen it all

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Phenix City, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

This was a wonderful experience for my whole family. We enjoyed great Greek music, food and shopping. Definitely an enjoyable experience!

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New Hyde Park, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Took a walk around town saw fresh sponges just harvested, had a lot of different type of store for sponges,wine, ice cream and of course good Greek food. Would say nice short visit place. They do offer lots of boat trips too. We did not do any wife not fan of water. ( motion sickness)

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Sponge Docks are where you will find out everything you want to know about this historical Greek community of sponge divers. You will see sponges of all sizes and looks. You can view some free diving demos and museums. There are many stores and restaurants and even a small aquarium to visit. The whole area is about a mile... More 

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TrinityFlorida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Shopping and eating in this Greek community is a special treat. The restaurants are not expensive, and the food is good. You can get bargains in the shops, too. Learn about the sponge diving industry, too, on a boat trip on the Anclote River.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

When your hungry go to the docks. There is excellent food from appetizers, crab, dessert, coffee's and seafood. The best choices are here. Sightseeing shopping and enjoying the marina. Greek music on the streets and night club with belly dancers to entertain.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We live about 10 miles from the Sponge Docks and have frequented many of the restaurants and shops over the past 25 years. The shops are the consummate tourist attraction with souvenirs, low end clothing (tshirts...), postcards etc. and the "memorable" sponges!!! The latter are obviously brought in as we haven't had a sponge industry in years. The restaurants offer... More 

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