Introduction to Tarpon Springs, Florida
Tarpon Springs, Florida, in Pinellas county, is 4 miles N of Palm Harbor, Florida (center to center) and 22 miles NW of Tampa, Florida. The city is part of the Tampa-Saint Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Tarpon Springs History
The earliest settlers at Tarpon Springs came in around 1880s and consisted mostly of Greek immigrants. The seabed in this area has huge colonies of sponges which attracted the Greeks, for whom sponge diving was a traditional occupation. The coast is also abundant with the Tarpon fish, hence the name of the city. The sponge industry flourished so much that Tarpon Springs went on to be known as the "Sponge Capital of the World." But the industry declined when contamination due to certain bacteria destroyed the sponge beds. The industry was revived again in the 1980s and continues to flourish.
Tarpon Springs and Nearby Attractions
- Fred Howard Park.
- A.L. Anderson Park.
- Highland Nature Park.
- Old Tarpon Springs City Hall.
- Tarpon Springs Historic District.
Things To Do In Tarpon Springs
Tarpon Springs is blessed with enchanting bayous and parks. People enjoy fishing in fresh water, as well as in the deep sea. The beach is frequented by residents for swimming, beach games, picnic and boat launching. One can also visit the art galleries and antique shops at Tarpon Avenue. Many Greek festivals are held around the year, the most interesting being the Orthodox Epiphany Celebration, held in January.
Tarpon Springs Transportation
Air transportation is available at St Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport.
Tarpon Springs Higher Education
The Pasco-Hernando Community College serves the area.