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Small town charm with a history.

Tarpon Springs is one of our favorite small towns in Florida. The sponge docks are what put Tarpon... read more

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Lake Wales, Florida
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Great for an afternoon walk

We enjoyed walking thru the sponge docks. It is very touristy and can be crowded but well worth the... read more

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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.
Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
+1 727-938-6898
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Tarpon Springs is one of our favorite small towns in Florida. The sponge docks are what put Tarpon Springs on the map founded by Greek sponge diver immigrants. Town is easily accessible and clean. Shops offers variety of items, our favorite is the sponge shop....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed walking thru the sponge docks. It is very touristy and can be crowded but well worth the visit. We stopped in a few of the restaurants and had a quick bite along the way

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Greg H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Cute Greek town but very busy & touristy and pushy sales people trying to get you in their restaurant or to take a boat ride ...so much so I probably wouldn’t go back there

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Rattlesnaketravels
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This area was really neat. There are numerous stores, bakeries and eateries. They also have access to water activities. We went on a shelling and dolphin cruise and saw alot of dolphins. Very pretty and kept area. Great place to go if you are looking...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Diana F
Reviewed 5 days ago

Small town atmosphere with great shopping and you are able to soak up lots of history. People are very friendly.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Cindylee W
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks are a local charming dock with a variety of boats available for you to go on an adventure and watch swimmers dive for sponges. Or you can stroll through the neighborhood and visit the local, interesting shops or eat seafood...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I have lived in Florida my whole life and still find the sponge docks so much fun! Yes it is definitely a tourist spot but it’s always a great time! Lots of little shops with cool stuff, lots of places to eat and drink on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Couldn't walk down the street without being harassed by someone trying to take us on some tour. All the shops were exactly the same and the same crap you get anywhere. There are so many authentic places to visit in the area, I'd stay away.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 986karenr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I visited the Sponge Docks for the first time today. We’re new to arrive and actually just became aware of the Sponge Docks a short while ago. We we’re surprised that there was an area in Tarpon Spring with such a concentrated...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank MichaelNC-FL
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun experience, crowded with many tourists. Many shops carried same merchandise, but that is to be expected in a tourist location like this. We went on a weekday afternoon during Christmas week and it was overcrowded, so if you would prefer a less busy time,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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January 6, 2019|
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Response from TSSpongeDocks | Property representative |
No, but expect to pay for parking. Usually around $5 for the day.
Tanya S
October 21, 2018|
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Response from Sue C | Reviewed this property |
9am Hellas Greek bakery....yummy items
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Response from midiala l | Reviewed this property |
Hello, Yes everything is wheelchair friendly.
Travel Forum Posts
Favorite restaurant in Tarpon Springs? (6 Replies)
We are visiting Tarpon Springs for one afternoon. Planning to walk around the Sponge Docks and also want to eat at a good Greek restaurant. So many choices.. What are your favorites? Will have a car, so location is flexible. Thanks!
February 12, 2017|
Response fromJoanJ2204|
The choice of locals is Mykonos on Dodecanese Blvd. Owner Andreas is almost always there to keep an eye on things. This is where I take my friends from Greece who always say the food is authentic and great. Avgolemono soup (hearty chicken soup with orzo and lemon) is outstanding as is the grilled seafood platter. Looks like a Greek taverna; serves wine and beer. Other harder to find gem is Limanos on the Anclote River tucked away behind a souvenir shop near Odyssey river cruise. Great gyros...More
Christina C
Night time activities with kids? (4 Replies)
We will be there for 1 week. We have a 4 year old, 11 year old and 19 year old. What is fun to do at night? We were thinking maybe the movie at the Pier and Putt Putt. Anything else? During the day we are doing Lettuce Lake Park, Clearwater Beach, Captain Memo Cruise, Fort Desoto Park, 1/2 day fishing w/Hubbards Marina (not the 4 year old), Little Toot and maybe the manatee swim or Homosassa Springs, Sponge Docks and John's Pass. Are we missing any must dos? Thanks!
June 06, 2013|
Response fromILUVTRAVEL123|
A few other suggestions: 1.) The Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores during the daytime. It is free but of course take donations. 2.) A day into evening trip to Siesta Key for their beach and dinner in Siesta Key Village. 3.) A day into evening trip to Lido Key beach and shopping and dinner in St. Armand's Circle. 4.) Ellenton Outlet Mall or International Mall in Tampa.
All in 1 day? (4 Replies)
We're staying in St. Pete Beach for 3 nights, and we have a late flight out of TPA on a Tuesday. We're planning on spending 1 day at Epcot, and the day we leave, we're planning on hanging around the St. Pete area. We're planning on walking through the shops and hitting a few bar's along the way in certain spots. The question is, do you think we could hit the Sponge Docks, Dunedin, Clearwater and Johns Pass all in 1 day, or would we have to move so fast that we wouldn't enjoy it? We're busy...More
December 01, 2009|
Response fromMarkBee|
I think that is too much for one day. I don't think you'd be able to enjoy it all. John's Pass is not far from St. Pete Beach, so, you could do that one afternoon earlier(or late morning shopping & lunch). Fun place for shopping, and drinks and lunch or dinner. Or, John's Pass and Clearwater could be done in one day. They are closer together, and I don't think you'd be too rushed. If you do see Johns Pass before this last day, you could do Clearwater Beach and the Sponge Docks in...More