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Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Address: Dodecanese blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Dining, Shopping
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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.
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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

They've harvested all of the local sponge, so now they go miles to find more. Add 50 tourist trap stores and you've got Tarpon Springs. This is so dated, and not in a good way.

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kansas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

But we liked Tarpon Springs anyway! The boats were fun to see and the gift shops included lots of Greek goodies. We purchased sponges, soap and a wonderful cookbook.

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Tewksbury, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Cute little area. Shopping, restaurants and fishing. We went on a chilly day so there were not a lot of people which made it easier to get around. Everyone was nice. Parking is either $2 or $3 for the day- bargain! Fishing is available at decent prices on the docks.

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Shropshire
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The sponge docks are primarily Greek orientated, with lots of interesting shops and boats. The historic town, just a mile from the docks, is full of interesting little speciality shops and a great place to spend a day, being only 40 minutes from Clearwater beach, up the Alt 19.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Nostalgic History of Greek Heritage. Greek Bakeries a must. Breath taking views from back porch restaurants and blocks of fun shopping. The sunshine only added to the pleasure of my visit.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Overall, the Sponge Docks are nice. Cute stores (though many of them have the same merchandise as their neighbors) and several Green restaurants. The best part of the Docks, in my opinion, was the boat tour out of the Sponge Museum. We were taken around the area, saw some large birds and large houses, and then spent some time on... More

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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We've been here several times and have fun with it each time. Plenty of OPA ! enthusiasm and good food. Some good junk and some otherwise junk in the shops.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This was a good place to stroll through antique shops, local tourist shops and several different types of Greek foods to choose from. Parking for the day is about $3 per car depending on where within the sponge dock area.

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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The sponge docks at Tarpon Springs are a representation of how the Greek people have survived at sponging and fishing for decades. You can watch them unload the boats, buy some fish right off the boat and they are always friendly. We've never seen anyone rude and have been going from time to time for decades. The shops that line... More

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connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I love this place. I make it a point to go at least one day of my vacation. I love the shops, the food.. everything

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