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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.

Harbor / Marina
“Highly Recommended. About an hour drive, North on US 19. The Sponge Docks are always a great time, especially if you have family or friends visiting from out of the area, they will have a great time! There's a myriad of retailers and restaurants! If you aren't hungry, thirsty, or in the mood to walk or shop, you can still take in the beautiful and charming locale! Great way to kill a few hours, especially in the autumn and winter months!”
  • 47 locals recommend
“Fred Howard Park is a popular beach and nature preserve located on the north end of Tampa Bay's barrier islands. The Park is connected by a mile-long causeway to the charming town of Tarpon Springs home to the area's famous sponge docks. In addition to allowing visitors access to white sand expanses, the Park offers protection to endangered Florida habitat and wildlife. Visitors are likely to catch glimpses of local wildlife, including nesting ospreys and eagles as well as dolphins and manatees. Amenities include picnic areas and playgrounds.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Located in Tarpon Springs, this is a favorite of locals and visitors. Arrive early as wait times are usually long. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
“You can eat traditional Greek food and then walk right through to the bakery to have dessert and coffee or take it home with you. The dessert is out of this world! ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Unique Greek community with historic sponge divers, feels like old Florida with the best pricing on tourist shop gifts, great Greek bakeries and restaurants. Often hosts arts and craft fairs as well as other events!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“True to its name, this is a spectacular place to view sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico. A free monthly concert series takes place on the beach and is typically scheduled on Thursdays closest to the full moon. The park/beach has grills, sheltered picnic tables, bicycle stands and public restrooms a nautical themed play area, and a boat launch (by permit only).”
  • 17 locals recommend
“Howard Park is beautiful palace for a morning walk, bike ride, or to simply relax and enjoy the day.”
  • 10 locals recommend
“Wonderful, outdoor only, place to eat, have a few drinks, and be merry and at the proper time of the evening a gorgeous sunset is bound to be included. You may have to wait for somewhere to sit. It is first come, first serve seating.”
  • 13 locals recommend
“Great food, nightly specials, entertainment on the weekends. Within walking distance. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Tarpon Springs was named for the fish found in abundance in nearby waters, but it is better known as the "sponge capital of the world," and for its 51 miles of waterfront allure. Tarpon Springs' charming downtown center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors to the Historic District can stroll along brick streets while browsing in art galleries, antiques stores, and specialty shops housed in buildings dating from the late 1800s. There is a vibrant Greek community in Tarpon Springs that foodies flock to for authentic Greek cuisine. For the culturally-minded, the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts and Cultural Centers offer theater, art and historical exhibits, concerts, and other quality programs.”
  • 89 locals recommend
“Amazing nature trails and walk-abouts , where seeing alligators in their natural habitat is quite frequent . ”
  • 10 locals recommend
“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
Shopping Mall
“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
Arts & Crafts Store
“There are many restaurants serving traditional Greek cuisine and fresh seafood that dot the street as well as quaint boutiques that sell everything from real sponges to imported goods.”
  • 8 locals recommend
“Beautiful, active waterfront view. Friendly and fun environment for lunch or dinner.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“Truly authentic greek cuisine. Go by car or by boat. One of our favourites.”
  • 9 locals recommend