Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

The big draw for the Greek immigrants who came here after 1905 was the traditional trade of sponge diving. Known as the sponge capital of the world, the industry took off in the 1930s. But a decade later, bacteria ruined the sponge beds, as well as the industry. In the 1980s, new sponge beds were discovered and the local economy once again prospered to its present-day status as a leader in the world's natural sponge market.


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Great area for all ages. An authentic Greek village founded by sponge divers from Greece. Enjoy a scenic boatride on the Anclotte River or hand-feed sharks and rays at the Tarpon Aquarium. The food is fantastic, of course, and you get tons of food for very little money. Recommend Plaka's Restaurant where the gyro meat is the only place home made on the premises....fantastic. Plenty of shopping; everything from upscale clothing boutiques to hand-made soaps to imported linens to fabulous fudge. And you can't leave without an authentic, from-the-sea sponge....great for every use. Plan to make it a day. You won't be sorry.

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Dodecanese Blvd.

Tarpon Springs, FL



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