Tarpon Springs Florida


An enchanting town that offers lasting memories

Tarpon Springs was incorporated as a city in 1887. The community first settled there in 1882. The city is named for the tarpon, a fish that is found in abundance off the coast.
Many Greek immigrants came here after 1905 to continue their traditional trade of sponge diving. The
Epiphany ceremony, an old Greek Orthodox rite, is a colorful event that is held on January 6th. Tarpon Springs is a part of Pinellas County, which is located in west-central Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico. Dating back to the early 1900's when sponges were discovered in the local waters, Tarpon Springs experienced an influx of immigrants from the Dodecanese Islands of Greece who settled here to work in their native industry of sponge diving. As the industry grew, so did the Greek community, bringing its wonderful ethnic flavor, customs and charm with them.

As one of the world's leading producers of natural sponges, Tarpon Springs is blessed with still one more unique quality. With a current population of just a little over 20,000 people, it is comprised of approximately one third people of Greek descent

A mile south of the Sponge Docks is downtown Tarpon Springs, which is listed in The National Register of Historic Places. A mixture of antique shops, art galleries, specialty shops, and restaurants, this area is the vibrant center of the city.
Also in this area is the Cultural Center, where a variety of exhibits, concerts, and programs are held
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, a replica of St. Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople, is open daily to visitors and worshipers. At the Universalist Church, the paintings of world-renowned landscape artist George Imess, Jr. can be seen from October to May

With approximately 15 restaurants and more than 100 shops, the
Sponge Docks offer something of interest for everyone.
You can take a leisurely sightseeing cruise down the Anclote River, enjoy a lunch or dinner cruise to the Gulf, take a 5 hour casino cruise, or experience a live, sponge diving exhibition You can also visit the 120,000 gallon salt water aquarium, tour the sponge museum, or go deep sea fishing. Historic, picturesque, and unspoiled, Tarpon Springs is composed Of delightful residential areas, clustered around beautiful saltwater bayous and
other waterways. The community is a mixture of new subdivisions and graceful old mansions.
There is plenty to see and do, from the world famous Sponge Docks to deep sea fishing, from antique shops in the historic downtown area to championship golf, from walking around
Spring Bayou to watching the sunset on the Gulf of Mexico.
The community is permanently enriched by the Mediterranean heritage brought at the turn of the century by
Greek sponge divers and their families. The feast of Epiphany on January 6th, the largest such celebration in the U.S., attracts spectators from all over the country.

An abundance of parks contain all types of facilities to fill your leisure hours. There are picnic areas, swimming pools, jogging, hiking and cycling trails, tennis and basketball courts, Horse Back riding, and playgrounds for children. Private, semi-private and public golf courses are everywhere, many of PGA championship caliber. You can explore Tarpon Springs on the Trolley that picks up passengers all around the city.

The area has beautiful
beaches & parks, Howard's beach park & Sunset beach park &.Tarpon lake. And Fred Howard's Park and beach made the Clean Beaches Council Releases Annual List of Clean and Healthy Beaches.

Tarpon is close to: Honeymoon Island, Caladesi Island, Clearwater beach 20 min, All listed as the nations top Beaches. And Busch Gardens 45min, (Tampa Airport is 20 min)

For more information about Tarpon Springs or events calendar Contact Chamber of Commerce at (727 ) 937-6109 www.tarponsprings.com