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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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Touristy, as expected, but lots of fun. Good food. Bought a couple of sponges...just because. Found a shop selling some interesting licorice and bought some of that too. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Graham, Washington
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Graham, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Touristy, as expected, but lots of fun. Good food. Bought a couple of sponges...just because. Found a shop selling some interesting licorice and bought some of that too. We also had a fun time driving through town to the beach. Fun to see the houses on the canals.

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Marbella, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A bit touristy but well worth a visit. Clothes for the ladies so cheap you could wear and throw away. Shop owners very polite and welcoming.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is a must see if you haven't been before. The little shops are fun to browse through. Lots of hand made soaps, great restaurants, you have to try Hella's Bakery and always find something I must buy. It's a great place to spend an afternoon or morning.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Yes, this is somewhat of a tourist trap. It is, however, very interesting to learn about the sponge industry. The Sponge Factory (first store on left side of street) has a free informational video. The shops are quaint and there are Greek restaurants all around. It's definitely worth a couple of hours if you are in the area.

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Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went to the sponge docks wanting to see if anything changed since our last visit years ago. We realize this is a tourist area, but have to say we found it offensive to have so many people hawking their boat cruise, store, or restaurant as we walked down the street. The array of sponges is large... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Crammed into a small stretch of Dodecanese are tacky Florida tourist shops (where you can buy the obligatory baby sharks in a glass tube, t-shirts with stupid quotes, trinkets that fall apart, and things made from shells), exhibits, boat tour operators, sponge stores, Greek eateries, and other things you would expect to find in any Florida tourist trap. But, the... More 

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Vaughan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Quaint touristy Greek village, lots of things to see and do. Be sure to check out the sponge diving museum.

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Poinciana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Was looking for something to do in area. Stopped at Sponge dock to see movie on history of sponges. Interesting, but advertised as theater and was picnic benches. DVD poor quality. But was informative. Place was dirty and run down.

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New Port Richey, Florida
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Good location for shopping, eating and site seeing. Many craft festivals and other events. Living locally I go regularly. Greek food galore.

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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Had a wonderful time exploring the area and learned a lot about sponges that I never knew. Yes, there are many "touristy" shops, but every vendor was friendly and helpful. I want to go back to see more!

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Address: Address: Dodecanese blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tarpon Springs

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