Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
One of our cool neighborhoods to visit is Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks. Greek immigrants migrated to Tarpon Springs in the early 1900's to harvest sponges from the ocean. They opened restaurants and shops which is now what we know of as the BEST FREAKING PLACE TO GET A GYRO AND BAKLAVA outside of Athens, Greece.
While you're there take a walk down Hope Street to St Michael's Shrine. Built in the backyard of a family after the miraculous healing of their child, it is home to a 300 year old icon and a place you will experience a peaceful energy. This is the place of the weeping painting. To read more click here "Weeping Icon". Locals go to light candles and say prayers and to feel the healing energy the quaint chapel emits.
The Docks are also home to many festivals. Aside from the Epiphany, Day of the Cross on January 6th Tarpon hosts many other festivities. Here are a list of some of the most popular ones:
Night in the Islands - Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Food, fun and dancing!Tarpon Springs Hippie Fest! It's the 60's all over again!
Arts and Craft Festivals!
Seafood Festival Nov 11th-13, 2016
Plan on spending a good part of the day. Take a Sponge boat tour and learn how sponges are harvested as well as get a boat ride on the gulf for a reasonable price.
So grab a glass of Retsina and order a plate of saganaki and yell OOPA because your in for a good time!