About Tarpon Springs, Florida
Tarpon Springs is located in Pinellas County, Florida, on the Gulf Coast just north of Clearwater Beach. Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greek-Americans of any city in the U.S. Walking around the dock area, you are sure to see mote than a couple of Greek flags.
Tarpon Springs first attracted attention in 1876 as a place for winter homes and some of the newly arrived visitors actually named the location Tarpon Springs after spotting Tarpon fish jumping out of the waters.
Beside Tarpon Springs being nown for it's Greek-American heritage it is also the home to some of the world's finest sponges.
After a red tide algae bloom occured in 1947 most sponge boats and divers switched to shrimping and fishing to survive. The city converted most of its sponge-related activities in to attractions. At this time, the docksconsist mostly of shops, restaurants and museums dedicated to the memory of the Tarpon Springs sponge industry.
Tarpon Springs is a perfect place to visit for a day trip - you will be sure to have a good time!