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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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Brunswick, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

There are a lot of stores/shops & there are a lot of "sponges". I nevergo to Tarpon without a visit to the Fudge Factory at the Sponge Docks.

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FORT MYERS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

If this is your first time to Tarpon Springs this is a nice experience. There is a small museum you can visit and get some history on the area. Also there is boat tours that you can do. And at the end of the street is an Aquarium.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

While this quaint seaside town is quiet during the week (especially late afternoon, early evening), on the weekends, it is affront with more tourists than you can count. Now, if you don't mind crowds, that is fine....great people watching! But if you prefer a more subtle side of life, plan your trip later in the day or evening. We took... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

lots of shops, lots of sponges, right on the water..Lots of good Greek restaurants, and easy parking.

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The Villages, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Lots of shops selling similar items, and tons of sponges. Except for the wonderful bakery where we stopped for a cappuccino and sweet, the sponge dock area was, to me, a typical tourist trap.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the side trip to the sponge docks area in Tarpon Springs. It was a cute little area to walk around and get nicknames and of course sponges. It made me feel like I could have been in a little Greek town with the locals hanging out at the coffee shops and bakeries.

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Myself and 6 other ladies visited the area the first week end in October. We were able to attend their Greek Festival and really enjoyed the great food and music. Lots of dancing and fun! The shops were busy with shoppers and the staff was friendly. We also took the boat excursion out to the island looking for shells. It... More

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Mazarron, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A very disappointing day was spent driving up the coast from St Petes Beach to visit this historical greek sponge diving community. Other than passing through the charming township of "Dunedin" on the way, we discovered a place that seems to have lost it's link to it's historical past. Yes, greeks are in abundance but now merely running tacky souvenir... More

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TSSpongeDocks, Public Relations Manager at Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, responded to this review

"Yes, greeks are in abundance but now merely running tacky souvenir shops, restaurant's and boat trips and not to my liking." While you left out the Greek Sponge Divers and the real live working sponge boats, what you listed is what the sponge docks have always been. We have some of the finest Greek Restaurants in the United States. The... More

Trenton, Fla
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We were not impressed with the shops and things around the docks, most of the stuff was imported and was not in any way made here, and the prices were very high for what it was. The eating places try to make it look and feel Greek and the prices there are high as well. Mostly very cheap stuff and... More

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TSSpongeDocks, Public Relations Manager at Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, responded to this review

"most of the stuff was imported and was not in any way made here, and the prices were very high for what it was." The sponges of course are not imported, they are harvest from the Gulf of Mexico by our local sponge divers. The highly sought after goats milk and oil soaps are made locally. You are correct about... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I used to love this place. Its changed and needs to evolve into more than sponge and soap shops. Sponge and soap making museum was closed. Both shops did not mark the museum closed on the street just to get you into the store. A lot of imported items, just tourist trap vib now.

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TSSpongeDocks, Public Relations Manager at Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, responded to this review

I'm not sure when you visited last but for good or bad the Sponge Docks haven't changed in decades. We still have some of the finest Greek Restaurants in the United States. The shops sell the sponges that are harvested by the Greek Sponge Divers. The goats milk and olive oil soaps are made right here in Tarpon Springs. You... More

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