An Inside Look at Tarpon Springs History

By Jon Wilson For a time, sponges – retrieved from Gulf of Mexico depths by intrepid divers in full suits – outstripped citrus products as Florida's main export. Now, Tarpon Springs history combined with classic Florida beauty make for an offbeat, cultural getaway. TARPON SPRINGS – Tucked in a…

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Coolest Block in Tarpon Springs: Epicenter of Greek Heritage

By Janet K. Keeler A stroll along Dodecanese Boulevard in Tarpon Springs tells the tale of this Greek village on the Gulf of Mexico. And it’s not all about history, though the town of nearly 25,000 is steeped in it. Nestled between restaurants serving grilled octopus, spanakopita and Greek salads…

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Florida Stories: A Walking Tour of Tarpon Springs

Tom Scherberger Want to explore the cultural, historical, and architectural treasures of Tarpon Springs, Fla.? There’s an app for that. Just go to Florida Stories Walking Tours, and download the app created by the Florida Humanities Council. With this app you can learn, at your own pace and on…

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Greektown Tarpon Springs Named to National Register as Historic Town

By Jodi Mailander Farrell Underneath those sponges, shell shacks and bakeries, Greek culture runs deep in Tarpon Springs, which claims the highest percentage of Americans with Greek heritage of any city in the United States. Now it’s official. The National Park Service recently listed Tarpon…

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Discover the Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs

By VISIT FLORIDA staff When the Greeks are cooking, like they do near the sponge docks of Tarpon Springs, just show up. That is my motto and I'm sticking to it. Sponges are the skeletons of small sea creatures brought up by hand from the ocean bottom. In the late 1800s, spongers working the…

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