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Things to do in Tarpon Springs

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Harbour / Marina
“The "Sponge Capital of the World" offers ethnic restaurants, Deep Sea Fishing, Dolphin Cruises, and shopping. ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Playground
“The white sandy beach is a popular swim area and also provides a perfect location to view spectacular sunsets.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Seafood in the heart of Tarpon Springs. You can spend time shopping on the Sponge Docks and enjoy fresh seafood.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bakery
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“ Authentic Greek restaurant with favorites such as fried cheese (Opa!), grilled octopus, fried calamari and gyros. There is also an unbelievable assortment of sweets in the bakery section. Just stay away from the cannoli's. They have my name on all of them!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“The Sponge Docks is the sponge capital of the world located on the Anclote River. Rich in Greek history and culture, see the many sponging and fishing boats as you walk along the docks. Ferry boats to Anclote Key, local shops, an aquarium, several fishing charters, and the variety of great eateries can make for one or more activity filled days. Arts & crafts shows, festivals and the like are held at the Sponge Docks making it must see when in Tarpon Springs.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Small, clean and generally not overly crowded. They also have live music on certain Thursdays”
  • 23 locals recommend
Park
“Small quiet beach, picnic areas, boat or kayak launching available. Great sunsets! Walking distance!!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Awesome Tiki bar and restaurant with great water views on the Anclote River. Right across the street. Closed Mondays. Tues - Sun 11am to 9pm.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Great quality food with indoor and outdoor seating (seat outside and watch people walk and bike by). They have wonderful salads and favorites such a wings and burgers. Tarpon Tavern is definitely a local favorite!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Beach
“A short drive is our closest beach/park. Watch the beautiful Florida sunsets as you soak up the relaxation. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“GREAT TRAILS AND BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS OF LAKE TARPON. ALSO A GREAT PLACE TO SEE GATORS”
  • 13 locals recommend
Store
“We had a wonderful experience with kind and generous staff and crew. Very reasonably priced. Enjoyed the sponge factory film - it was very educational. The gentlemen running the boat were friendly and knowledgeable of the area. They did their best to make sure we saw the dolphins. Got us to the island and we were able to get great photos and found sponges and shells! Great day and great activity. Would definitely go again!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Beautiful, active waterfront view. Friendly and fun environment for lunch or dinner.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“Tarpon Springs is a city on central Florida’s Gulf Coast. Greek eateries and unique shops line waterfront Dodecanese Boulevard, a legacy of the Greek sponge divers who settled here in the early 1900s. Along the water, the Historic Sponge Docks are a reminder of the once booming industry. The 1940s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church has stained glass and a Grecian marble altar. Tarpon Springs Aquarium displays Gulf marine life.”
  • 99 locals recommend
Science Museum
“If you love old pinball machines and arcades, you'll love this place! The Replay Museum’s vision is to create a touch, play, and learn environment that is both educational and exciting.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Historic Greek Fishing Village with lots of great food options and tons of quaint shops and photo ops all along Dodecanese Blvd.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Seafood in the heart of Tarpon Springs. You can spend time shopping on the Sponge Docks and enjoy fresh seafood.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Bakery
“ Authentic Greek restaurant with favorites such as fried cheese (Opa!), grilled octopus, fried calamari and gyros. There is also an unbelievable assortment of sweets in the bakery section. Just stay away from the cannoli's. They have my name on all of them!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Harbour / Marina
“The Sponge Docks is the sponge capital of the world located on the Anclote River. Rich in Greek history and culture, see the many sponging and fishing boats as you walk along the docks. Ferry boats to Anclote Key, local shops, an aquarium, several fishing charters, and the variety of great eateries can make for one or more activity filled days. Arts & crafts shows, festivals and the like are held at the Sponge Docks making it must see when in Tarpon Springs.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“Awesome Tiki bar and restaurant with great water views on the Anclote River. Right across the street. Closed Mondays. Tues - Sun 11am to 9pm.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Great quality food with indoor and outdoor seating (seat outside and watch people walk and bike by). They have wonderful salads and favorites such a wings and burgers. Tarpon Tavern is definitely a local favorite!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Beautiful, active waterfront view. Friendly and fun environment for lunch or dinner.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Picturesque lakefront dining with indoor and outdoor bars and seating for dining. Enjoy caribbean inspired dishes with a Key West themed atmosphere. Oh, and if you are are boating on Lake Tarpon for the day and forgot your lunch, this is a perfect place for boaters to dock the boat, take a break from the sun, and grab a bite to eat.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Another good option for Greek. It’s been around a long time, we have never had a bad meal. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

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