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“Too early risers”

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Unfortunatley most of the places open after 10am which we didn't know till we got there at 9 am. But we did reserve our spongeorama boat tour seats and walked around. There are a lot of intresting places to visit on the dock but don't get there too early.

Thank julie s
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Interesting place to spend an hour or two. Restaurants are worth the trip, shops are not. Things might have been a little slow due to summer season.

Thank lynnj73
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TheSpongeDocks, Merchants Association at Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2013

Thanks for recommending the great Greek restaurants at the Sponge Docks. We do have lots of great shops though too. Pandora, Vera Bradley, Wine, Clothing, Skin care, Sponges (or course) the list goes on and on. Maybe you missed those so please check them out when you come back!

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This whole area is great for the whole family! Lots to eat, drink, shop, and explore! Very cool way to spend the day

Thank Tabitha9703
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The spong docks is a area about 7-8 blocks long with boats pulled up adjacent to the street. A ton of gift and curio shops on both sides of the street. Side streets also feature shops. Some are "Florida" themed but all are sea/ocean themed with a very heavy influence on Greek culture who founded the area long ago with sponge harvesting. Cool things to look at and shop. Various street musicians. Very friendly store owners. Restaurants are awesome. Outa this world food. Mainly Greek. Lot of seafood. Great bakeries.

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

The sponge docks is a long street (a whole area actually) of mostly Greek stores and restaurants centered around the sponge trade. Most shops have a short movie about the sponge trade history and they explain the different types of sponges. Barkers stand on the street and try to get you to go on dolphin cruises, to eat at their place, etc...don't be offended - that's just the way it is. If you don't want to do their attraction then politely tell them no and keep walking.

Be aware some of the lotions in some stores aren't authentic Greek. Look on the back to make sure it says 'made in Greece". Otherwise, you're buying a generic lotion that had some ingredient (olive oil, camomile, etc...) added and they call it Greek. Talk to the shop owners - they are a wealth of information about their product and country. Yes they will try to sell you everything - it is a business after all. Eat at one of the restaurants or at least get dessert.

It's somewhere to go once to browse but if in the area again our visit would be very targeted of getting in, getting some sponges, soaps, lotions, etc...and getting out.

Thank Michael C
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