Visiting Tarpon Springs on Florida’s Gulf Coast? Read our epic guide of best things to do in Tarpon Springs. Explore the Tarpon Springs sponge docks, have a Greek meal on Dodecanese Blvd, take a sponge boat cruise, buy olive oil, and learn all about the sponge industry in this Greek city in Florida.

A pretty coastal town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tarpon Springs is unapologetically, exotically Greek. Here, sea divers dive for sponges and Greek eateries line up the streets. The smell of gyros and baklava wafts down the streets. Clear blue water laps at the boats surrounding the dock. You can be forgiven for mistaking it for the Aegean Sea. You can even hear Greek being spoken by the locals. Welcome to Tarpon Springs, Florida – the Sponge Capital of the World!

I love small American towns that have interesting stories, decidedly European character, and lots of charm. These are not your typical immigrant enclaves in major cities; the people in these towns have created unique identities for the cities by conforming to their European culture and traditions. We have visited many such towns: Eureka Springs is reminiscent of Bath and other Victorian towns. Helen in Georgia actually has no links to Bavarian Germany but looks like its replica. But Tarpon Springs is different from these, it’s somehow more authentic than other European towns in the country. As an immigrant myself, I certainly appreciate the efforts taken by this small town to keep it’s Greek Heritage alive.

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We visited Tarpon Springs during our epic Miami Key West road trip. We originally intended to see Miami and then catch our flight back to Houston from Tampa. But the Hurricane chased us out of the Keys and from Miami-Dade County to the Gulf Coast. So we went with the flow, changed our plans, spent a couple of days on Sanibel Island and then visited Tarpon Springs attractions. Serendipity, you know!

Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

History of Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs is named, most uninspiredly, after tarpon fish which were common in these waters. I mean, I can imagine someone saying ‘Gee, look. Tarpons. Let’s call the place, Tarpon Springs.’ However, the true story of Tarpon Springs starts at the Sponge Docks.

Sponges grew abundantly in the Gulf waters surrounding Florida’s central coast. The sponge industry took off and grew at a tremendous rate along with jobs for sponge divers. Greek immigrants from the Dodecanese islands, who dived for sponges in the Aegean Sea, settled in Tarpon Springs and thrived. They brought along their culture, language, cuisine, and traditions.

With time, the sponge industry declined but the Greek Heritage was there to stay. The next generation of immigrants founded Greek restaurants and eateries and Tarpon Springs became the next tourist destination in Florida. The Sponge Docks still exist today and are the town’s major tourist attractions.

…Which brings us back to our weekend in Tarpon Springs!

We fell unabashedly in love with this charming little town. It has more than a few surprise attractions and is the perfect little getaway from Tampa. Plan the best trip to the city with our Tarpon Springs Travel Guide.

Tarpon Springs – Sponge Capitol of the world!

Where to stay in Tarpon Springs

There are many amazing places to stay in and near Tarpon Springs, Florida. We stayed in the Hampton Inn & Suites in Tarpon Springs and loved the family-friendly environment and the relaxing hotel pool. The rooms are also big and clean and we had a good stay. Other popular chains in Tarpon Springs include Fairfield Inn & Suites as well as the Best Western or Holiday Inn located in Dunedin.

Tarpon Springs also has some really pretty bread and breakfasts including Ashley’s Victorian Haven and the 1910 Inn. These bed and breakfast are a really great option for couples who want to have a romantic stay, close to the Sponge Docks and enjoy the local flavor of Tarpon Springs.

Best things to do in Tarpon Springs, Florida

Tarpon Springs attractions, whether big or small, all center around the two main streets of Dodecanese Blvd and Tarpon Avenue. The Downtown is cobblestoned and pretty. Here is our list of 13 delightful things to do in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Explore the Historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Undoubtedly, the #1 attraction in the area! The town of Tarpon Springs thrives around the Sponge Docks. Tarpon Springs is known as the ‘Sponge Capital of the world’. It is here that Tarpon Springs began and it is here that Tarpon Springs continues to grow.

History of the Sponge Docks (Photo – Pixabay)

The sponge industry developed in the area towards the end of the 19th century.  It grew vastly and in its heydey was valued at 3 million dollars a year. The sponge boats harvested sponges from Key West to the Florida panhandle. It contributed significantly to the growth of Tarpon Springs and the economic boom in Florida. The Greek technique of diving for sponges was implemented in the area and led to larger harvests. This, in turn, attracted the community of Greek immigrants who established the now largest Greek population inside the US. You can experience this history for yourself at the Sponge Docks.

Along the Sponge Docks, you will see sponge boats still in action. We loved strolling along the Dodecanese Blvd and imagining ourselves in Greece. We saw the sponge boats come in with fresh loads of harvested natural sponges. We also saw men in diving suits separating, cleaning, and unloading the sponges.

Take the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks boat rides

The Sponge Docks is from where a variety of cruises and boat tours depart. The tours start from the Historic Sponge Docks and continue down the Anclote River into the Gulf Waters. Here are the main types of tarpon springs boat rides and the companies offering each type of tour:

Sponge Diving Tours in Tarpon Springs

You can take a Sponge Docks boat ride and see the sponge divers dive for sponges. These Tarpon Springs sponge boat tours are usually about 45 minutes long and the sponge boats take visitors into the river. Here you can see a sponge diver move across the river bed, cut a live sponge and return to the boat. It is fun to watch the divers at work. The cruises include information about Sponge Docks history and hands-on with various types of natural sponges. Sponge diving excursions are offered by St. Nicholas Boat Lines.

Sponge diving boat tour, fishing tours and wildife tours are available for visitors

Tarpon Springs Dolphin Tour

Tarpon Springs dolphin tours are also a great option for those interested in dolphin and marine life watching. The water has lots of other wildlife viewing opportunities including manatees, tarpons, eagles, seagulls, ospreys, sea turtles etc. Odyssey cruises which depart from the front of Hellas Restaurant and Bakery are most popular. They have guided hour to hour and a half long tours which narrate history of Tarpon Springs, information about area’s wildlife by an onboard naturalist, and dolphin watching. Spongeorama Cruise lines also offer dolphin watching tours along with Tarpon Springs sightseeing cruises.

Tarpon Springs shelling cruises and boat rides

The special shelling only tours pick up passengers and drop them off at the Anclote Key Preserve State Park. The state park has many beaches which are perfect for year-round shelling. The gulf side of Florida coast has exceptional shelling and visitors can easily find sand dollars, shells, driftwood, and other treasures. Odyssey Cruises and Spongeorama Cruiselines both have shelling cruise which stops at the Historic Anclote Key Lighthouse on Anclote State Preserve.

Sunset Cruises

The sunset cruises are the best for couples. Filled with romance and plenty of drinks on board, you can spend quality time with each other as you learn Tarpon Springs history, see wildlife, and experience a beautiful sunset. Sunset cruises are offered by both Odyssey Cruises and Spongeorama Cruise lines.

For special events, you can also book private charters. Apart from the cruises, you can also rent a pontoon boat for the day at Tarpon Springs. Private charters are offered by Sponeorama Cruiselines, Day Dream Charters, and Palm Harbor Charters.

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Eat Greek food on Dodecanese Blvd and sip on a Baklava Martini

Tarpon Springs still has a large Greek population and there are many Greek shops, restaurants, and bakeries located in the town. Many are around Dodecanese Blvd while there are others near the Downtown and other main streets.

Interior of the ever popular Hellas

One of the most popular restaurants around town is Hellas. We were recommended here by the parking lot attendant and it was the best recommendation ever! Hellas is a big, slightly garishly decorated restaurant with a bakery next to eat. (actually not even slightly – it is quite garish, loud, and flashy. You can tell I’m not a fan of the decor and still, I would come here again and again, for the food) We had lunch in the restaurant but if you want savory Greek pastries and baklavas, then the bakery is a perfect option.

If you visit, try the baklava cheesecake – delicious! Our lunch menus had lots of yummy options and I opted for the Shrimp ala Hellas, their exclusive entree while C had Greek style scallops. However, the real star of the show was our drinks menu. It contained a variety of specialties including Baklava Martini, Tiramisu Martini, and other unique things. I opted for the Tiramisu Martini while C got the Baklava Coffee. Both were delicious! We also saw a lot of people ordering flaming saganaki to loud cheers of Opa! Here’s a little tip if you are going to Hellas: dine here and you can park for free!

Other places to try Greek food include Mykonos, Dimitri’s on the Water, Mr Souvlaki, Yiannis, or Mama’s Greek cuisine. If you are craving seafood, then Rusty Bellies Grill located next to the water is a great option. On our next day here, we tried Rusty Belly’s but the wait was too long, over an hour. Along with Rusty Bellies Grill, Mystic Fish Grill or Tarpon Turtle Grill both have delicious fresh seafood. Most Greek, seafood and other restaurants in Tarpon Springs serve excellent food but can have long waiting lines on weekends, so plan accordingly.

Baklava Coffee and Tiramisu Martini!

Buy the famous Tarpon Springs sponges

Around the Tarpon Springs sponge docks, you will find many shops selling the famous sponges. These sponges are supposed to be the finest in the world.

Before you try to buy one, here’s some Natural Sponge 101. Sea sponges were used for bathing by the Romans in ancient times and continue to be a popular bath accessory even today. Natural sea sponges are actually living creatures that grow in the shallow waters along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The sea sponges are harvested (cut) by hand by sponge divers. The sponge then simply grows back and is thus, renewable… that is not to say, sponge harvesting doesn’t deplete them. However, the Florida sponge industry regulations control the harvesting and ensure that the sponges have enough time to regenerate. So you can safely go ahead and buy one!

The shops around the Sponge Docks sell a variety of sponges in various types, shapes, and sizes. Since these sponges are locally harvested and of high quality, they are extremely durable and can easily last up to 4 or 5 years! Plus you would be helping the local sponge industry and Tarpon Springs! While there are many shops, we first visited Spongeorama, which is a sponge/souvenir shop cum museum. They have lots and lots of sponges – but we didn’t buy them here, IMHO felt expensive – and also a free sponge documentary in a small theater. The documentary is quite interesting though dated, it’s fun to see it.

We bought our sponges at the Tarpon Sponge Exchange and I’m completely satisfied with them. The girl at the counter shared lots of interesting information about wool sponges, loofah sponges, and their best uses. Other great places to buy sponges include Lori’s Sponges and Soaps and the Sponge Factory.

Shop for sponges!

Buy a ton of artisan products including olive oil, handmade soaps, and spices

Tarpon Springs has many delightful little shops selling everything from handmade soaps, seashells, kitschy decor to oils, authentic Greek food, beachy dresses, and more. Here are a few of the must-visit shops that we discovered during our visit.

Lori’s Sponges and Soaps has amazing handmade soaps which make perfect gifts for Christmas, birthdays, anniversary’s and other occasions. They have a great selection of face and body soaps in interesting scents and fragrances. I bought a small lemongrass soap and sponge set as a souvenir and loved it! For more variety, visit GetAGuru for handmade soaps, incenses, fabrics, and paintings. They have everything uniquely arranged in a Middle-Eastern type of setting.

The Spiceman’s Kitchen is a fun stop to look at all the bottles of spices, unique foods, sauces, rubs, and seasonings. They have lots of specialty hot sauces, wings sauces, BBQ sauces etc plus they have free samples! The Spice and Tea Exchange is also worth a visit. They have lots of different spices including various types of peppers and paprikas, many kinds of sugars, and unique blends of teas. If you are craving sweets, visit Miss Merrie’s Sweets and Treats shop. They had yummy chocolates and candies but what really caught my eye was their impressive collection of saltwater taffies.

All sorts of fun things to buy!

I loved stepping inside the Tarpon Springs Olive Oil Company and checking out their over 10-12 types of olive oils including ul garlic and herb infused one. For Greek-inspired jewelry and clothing, visit Antonia’s Boutique and Gifts. And of course, I can’t leave a town without searching for local bookshops – which is Back in the Day Books in Tarpon Springs. The bookstore had lots of eclectic and unusual books but I was short on time and didn’t find anything immediately for my taste.

Admire the beautifully decorated bikes around the town

Update: The Bikes are no longer there and I’m just glad I saw them when we visited, however, I will ask you to read the unique story behind them and admire the pictures!

When we visited Tarpon Springs, there were many charmingly decorated bikes placed all over the town. Some were decorated with vibrant flowers while some others were in unique materials including CDs in front of an electronic shop and so on. And of course, there was a sponge bike in front of a sponge shop! We admired the bikes and took a lot of pictures, thinking they were public art… and that might have been the end of the story – but for the power of social media! When I originally wrote this post, it was shared by the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks tourism site and one reader led me to Warren Gregory, the man behind the bikes! We connected and I even got an opportunity to talk to him about the cool bikes!

These beautiful bikes are created by a Warren, a Tarpon Springs resident. When we talked, he owned a houseboat in Tarpon Springs and lived there but was going to Europe for the summer. If you take the sponge diving boat cruise, you can see his boat for yourself. The guides can point it out for you too. Warren got the idea of placing decorated bikes around the city from the time he spent in Amsterdam, where it is common practice to decorate bikes. The first few bikes, he placed stealthily in the middle of the night and their appearance became quite a mystery! You can read all about it here.

The sponge bike!

The bikes are decorated as per Warren’s fancy  When we spoke, he had about 32 decorated bikes all over the town and plans to place a couple more before he went to Europe to… guess what?? Place decorated bikes in different European cities! My best wishes are with Warren for his endeavors; the bikes are beautiful works of art and bring a smile to everyone’s face!

Try delicious craft beer at the local breweries

The Tarpon Springs craft beer scene is continuously evolving and offers excellent quality artisanal beers. I was really intrigued by their locations: from within an old pharmacy to an old fire station, and covering everything in between including a family home! Here are some of the must-try breweries in Tarpon Springs:

Two Frogs Brewing Company is located in an old pharmacy and their interior looks like a Prohibition-era saloon. We sampled quite a few beers here and I loved their chocolatey one. It reminded me of the one I had in Florida Keys Brewing company in Islamorada on our way to Key West.

Saint Somewhere Brewing Company has both an interesting name and interesting location. It is housed inside a house! Go figure! We loved their cozy tasting room which seemed to be inside the original living room as well as the patio seating. The beers were good but they didn’t have anything to eat.

Silverking Brewing Company is located inside the old fire station and is created by local fishermen. It has a fishing themed sports bar style decor and really great beers. Wine lovers will enjoy a trip to the Tarpon Springs Castle Winery.

For more information about the breweries and to create your own craft beer trail spanning Dunedin, Clearwater, and Palm Harbor, visit here.

Another of Warren’s bikes!

Go antiquing in Tarpon Springs Historic District

Tarpon Springs Historic District in Downtown has lots of antique shops. Most of them are located along Tarpon Avenue; many of these specialize in various kinds of antiques. This area is popularly known as the ‘Antiques District’. Antique lovers will love exploring the Court of Two Sisters, a spacious antique shop with one of a kind pieces including jewelry, furniture, and other memorabilia. Other antique shops include Carter’s Antique Asylum, Finders Keepers, Unique Finds, One Amazing Find, Antiques Forever, etc.

View Picasso and other art works at the art museum

Art lovers will enjoy visiting the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs. The museum is located in Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. It has lots of modern and contemporary artwork from the 20th and 21st century and features paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographic work, etc.  We loved the beautiful and introspective permanent exhibits as well as the interesting rotating exhibits and recommend keeping aside an hour or two to see the museum.

Seek solitude and blessings at the St. Michael shrine

For a spiritual experience, you can visit the Shrine of Saint Michael Taxiarchis. It is a serene little shrine and has an interesting story behind its building. The shrine is located a few blocks away from the Sponge Docks and was built to fulfill a little boy’s wish who lay on his deathbed. The boy’s tumor miraculously recovered and since then the shrine has attracted those who seek healing. You can read the complete story behind the shrine here.

Spongeorama (Photo – Wikimedia Commons)

Stroll in the Tarpon Springs parks, swim and relax on the beach, and watch a beautiful sunset

Pinellas County, where Tarpon Springs is located, is home to many beautiful parks with beach access. They also have excellent hiking trails, picnic areas, bird watching, camping, and boat launches. The Pinellas County parks are the gateway to outdoor adventures and the Gulf Coast. Exploring these county parks and preserves is the perfect way to extend your Tarpon Springs day trip into a long weekend getaway. Most of these parks are a short distance away from Tarpon Springs and feel especially serene after the brisk activity on the Sponge Docks.

Fred Howard Park is by far the most popular one. Families, couples, tourists, and locals all like to hang out at this park. The sandy beach is good for playing in the sand, sunning, or swimming. The beach has a chair and umbrella rentals. The water here is still and clear which makes it good to snorkel. The park also has watercraft launch ramps and watersports – paddle boards and kayaks rentals available as well.

The park has a mile long causeway to access the Gulf and this causeway has great fishing spots. The sunset views from the park are also spectacular. Unfortunately, the beach gets quite crowded during peak time on weekends, so to experience the solitude and natural beauty we recommend visiting at sunrise or on weekends. Also, if you kayak/paddleboard far enough you can also spot dolphins.

Fred Howard County Park (Photo – Flicker/Mark)

While the Fred Howard County Park has ~$5 parking if you are looking for a free beach try Sunset Beach. As the name suggests, it’s a great spot to catch the sunset. The beach also has a volleyball area and people watching here is fun. In the summer, the beach host concerts too.

Craig Park is another good park located along the Bayou. It is located within the town and great for strolling along the water’s edge in the evening. We enjoyed walking under the palm trees, spotting the manatees, and people watching.

Some other must-visit Tarpon Springs parks include Brooker Creek Preserve, A. L. Anderson Park, and Whitcomb Bayou.

Brooker Creek Preserve is Pinella County’s largest park and has miles of hiking and horse riding trails. There is an educational nature center which displays a short movie presentation but is open only on weekends. The preserve has great wildlife viewing and you can spot alligators, tortoises, bayou birds, snakes, and lizards.

Victorian houses along the waterfront (Photo – Pixabay)

A. L. Anderson Park is another great natural area to spot wildlife including the famous Florida alligators. It has short as well as long hiking trails over marshy areas. The park is located along Lake Tarpon and has picnic tables, boat launch ramp, biking trails, and fishing spots. It is perfect for spending a day outdoors with the family.

Whitcomb Bayou is Tarpon Springs urban park. From the bayou trails, you can view lots of beautiful mansions, big old trees, and spot manatees in the bayou in winter. The bayou park also holds many local events and is a favorite with residents.

Visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, dance at a festival, and learn about Greek culture

Tarpon Springs has remained true too it’s immigrant roots and offers immersive opportunities to learn about the Greek Culture. For those who like visiting churches and cathedrals, the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral is a must visit. It is located in the heart of Downtown Tarpon Springs and is a very beautiful building inside out. The stained glass windows and painted ceilings are stunning; the silence inside was something to be savored.

The Greek Orthodox Church is at the center of the most sacred festival in Tarpon Springs. The Day of Epiphany is widely celebrated in Tarpon Springs on 6th January every year. This Greek festival has been observed since ancient times and on this day the Greek Orthodox Priest blesses the water and the boats, that bring livelihood to the area. Then the priest throws the Holy Cross into the waters of the Spring Bayou and local boys jump into the water to retrieve it.

Inside the Greek orthodox church in Tarpon Springs (Photo – Flickr / Avinash)

After the Holy Cross has been retrieved and the retriever blessed, the celebrations focus around the Sponge Docks where the Feast of Epiphany is held and music, Greek dancing, and food are abundant throughout the day. The Epiphany celebration is attended by tourists throughout the country and is one of the busiest days in Tarpon Springs.

Tarpon Springs also celebrates Greek Independence Day (March 25) with patriotic parades and bands.  Opa! Palooza Greek festival is held at the Sponge Docks in summer to celebrate Greek culture and heritage. Tarpon Springs also has many other events and festivals. The Seafood Fest which is held in the winter (around Thanksgiving) has delicious and fresh seafood. Christmas at the Sponge Docks is also magical. The entire area and boats are covered in decorations, holiday lights, and trees.

Kid-friendly things to do in Tarpon Springs

While the kids will love Sponge Docks and boat rides, there are many other fun things to do with kids in Tarpon Springs that are geared specifically towards children. These include visiting the Tarpon Springs Aquarium and playing pinball and other arcade games at the Replay Amusement Museum among other attractions.

Attend shark and alligator feeding sessions

The Konger Tarpon Springs Aquarium is a family-owned, small aquarium that is known as the Tarpon Springs Aquarium. Currently, it is located on Dodecanese Blvd but is set to move to a newer, larger location in 2019. The aquarium has tanks of grouper, tarpons, hermit crabs, shrimp, squids, sharks, stingrays, alligators, and turtles. Children can also watch shark and alligator feeding sessions and learn more about these animals. They also have a few touch pools and snake demonstrations for children. Read more about the aquarium feeding times here.

Sponge diver sculpture (Photo – Flickr / Mark)

Play on the world’s biggest pinball machine

The Replay Amusement Museum in Tarpon Springs is home to the worlds biggest pinball machine. This museum dedicated to arcade games and other amusement machines and devices of the 80s and 90s. The museum has dozens of pinball machines and other arcade games like donkey kong, dead pool, bad cats, etc. The best part is that while it is a museum it has free play for adults as well as children with the entry ticket – that means you can technically spend the entire day here playing!

Have fun playing at the Discovery Playground

To keep children busy and burn their energy, visit the Discovery Playground in Tarpon Springs. This mostly wooden play area is located close to downtown and is great for climbing, swings, and other high-energy activities. We liked all the different swings including one tire swing. The area is shaded with lots of trees and so you can visit anytime during the day. There is also a big trail around the play area where kids can run.

Cool down at the Tarpon Springs splash park

The Tarpon Springs splash park is free and great fun on a hot summer day. The water play area is quite big and there are slides, lighthouse and other Tarpon Springs themed statues like sponge diver as well as tarpon, manatee, and pelican replicas. The kids will love getting wet, playing in the water and being sprayed upon! The splash park also has shower and changing stalls as well as shaded tables to rest.

Loving those bikes!

Participate in the history hunt at the Historic Train Depot

For lots of local flavor and history, visit the Historic Train Depot Museum. The museum is housed inside an old train depot that was built more than 100 years ago. The museum has lots of historical exhibits and artifacts dating to WWI, WWII, and the beginning of the sponge industry. The Train Depot Museum is also the Welcome Center and you will find everything you need to know about Tarpon Springs right here. Kids will love the History Hunt in the museum and the train memorabilia in the gift shop. For learning more about the history and culture of the Greek community, visit Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum located near the Spring Bayou.

Things to do near Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs has the perfect location of Florida’s Gulf Coast. With Tampa an hour away and Orlando 2.5 hrs away, you can actually make the town your base for exploring the bigger cities. Here are some of the best day trip destinations from Tarpon Springs:

Visit Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa Bay

Tampa is one of my favorite cities in Florida. Just like Orlando, Tampa is a vibrant and energetic city. It is perfect for families, couples, and friends. Things to do include the Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa, and the Children’s Museum. Adults will enjoy the microbreweries and great nightlife. The city also has a great dining scene, museums, and shopping – it provides the ultimate urban vacation.

Tarpon sponge docks signs

Visit the beautiful white sand beach in Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach has a to-die-for, magical white sand beach and exceptionally clear water. (Again, one of those uninspired names! Look, it’s a Clearwater Beach.. Sigh!) The beach here has consistently ranked among the nation’s best. Top things to do include sunning on the beach, visiting the Clearwater Aquarium, and enjoying the shopping and dining at Cleveland Street District.

Visit the Dali museum in St. Petersburg

While St. Petersburg has many things to do, its most popular attraction by far is the Dali Museum. The museum has over 2000 pieces of surreal and striking artwork by Salvador Dali. The museum is a must for art and architecture lovers. Other things to do in St. Pete include enjoying the copious amounts of sunshine and enjoying life!

Take a ferry to the Anclote Key State Park Lighthouse

The island of Anclote Key is home to the Anclote Key Preserve State Park. It is located just three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs and is accessible via private boat or ferry. The state park has many isolated, romantic beaches with exceptional shelling. The state park is also great for bird watching and over 40 species of birds can be seen. A historic lighthouse built in the late 19th century is also a major attraction. The beaches are open to tent camping and day picnics. You can get more information about the state park here.

The Sponge Docks

Visit Florida’s first microbrewery in Dunedin

Dunedin is surprisingly like Tarpon Springs, except for the Historic Sponge Docks and Greek character. I’m talking about quaint downtowns, weekend open-air market, and lots of microbreweries. Dunedin has about 6 or 7 microbreweries and all of them have one thing in common – unique craft beer and good brews! The iconic Dunedin brewery was the first microbrewery in Florida. If you want to go on a beer trail, then Dunedin is the perfect addition.

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Whatever you do, don’t forget to order a flaming saganaki and shout Opa… ‘Opa’ is a popular Greek cheer word: in Greece, you will hear it often at dances, celebrations, and weddings. You will also hear it or when Saganakis are set aflame or when someone breaks a plate – on purpose or a by mistake – because that’s how ancient Greeks celebrated everything, whether big or small! Opa signifies the Greek zest for life. Most people need to visit Greece to discover Opa; we found it in our very own backyard in Tarpon Springs, Florida.

Sponges!

Did we miss any Tarpon Springs attractions? Let us know and we can add it right back in. And hey, if you know about Warren the decorated bike guy, then we would love to hear more – please drop us a comment!

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