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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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Tarpon Springs, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

With all do respect, unless your Greek there is nothing in Tarpon Springs. First "down town" is a joke. There is nothing there but one block of tourist junk. There's no room to walk between the road and store front and no where to park. The Sponge Docks are old and their not historical at all! What stands there now... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

First time to visit Tarpon Springs. If you're looking for a break from the beach this place is nice to see. Lovely quaint shops and good Greek restaurants. We ate lunch at Hellas,really good food and best bakery I've ever visited. Boat tours are plenty as are sponges. Very interesting film on how they get the sponges. I would go... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We accidentally stumbled upon the sponge docks while looking for an antique store. First of all: news to us: tarpon springs is the sponge capital of the world and also has the highest percentage of Greek Americans in the US: 11%. Tons of Greek restaurants! Sponge shops everywhere. There is a local who apparently goes by sponge bob who rides... More

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Baldwinsville, New York, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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
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7 helpful votes 7 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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