How Tarpon got its name is quite interesting and very
unique. Back in 1876 visitors saw tarpon
jumping out of the water, so they named the town Tarpon Springs. Why not, that makes perfect sense!
Tarpon Springs Florida is most famous for sponge diving. They started this back in 1905. Some of the first divers for Tarpon came from Greece. Sponge diving became very popular in the state of Florida and Tarpon Springs Florida was leading this industry. They brought in millions of dollars a year sponge diving.
Sponging has deteriorated over the years and is not as
popular; however, there are some still active in this business. Today you can walk on a Tarpon peer and see
the fisherman “sponging” and bringing them in.
Take a notice to all the boats out in the bay too. It is just really neat to see!
Another thing to look for are all the shrimping boats! Obviously being in Florida, all the
restaurants get fresh seafood every day!
If you like seafood, this is a place for you!
Do you remember the heavy diving suites they used for
diving? They had some serious weight to
them and had to be so uncomfortable!
They still amaze me when we head down to the Spongeorama Museum in Tarpon Springs Florida. One word describes them…WOW!
Sponge Diver Courtesy of Wikipedia
Washed up sponge on Ancolte Island
Of course they still use diving suite today to go down
under, but with today’s technology they have certainly upgraded! They are still heavy though, due to the miles
they have to go down under the bay to get sponges.
Diving is a pretty neat thing, but not everyone can do this. It certainly takes a “special” person and for those of us who can’t, thank the divers that can! We would not see the gorgeous items in the oceans, seas, and bays that The Good Lord has provided us! So, to all the divers out there,
A BIG THANK YOU goes out to you and all that you do!
We took a cruise from The Spongeorama on one of the boats one
year out to Ancolte island. It was
really neat! They have a diver that
dresses up in the original suit they used back in 1905 and go through what and
how they sponged. If I remember
correctly, he does go down under and tries to find a sponge. They don’t leave him down long, only for about
five minute’s tops. Sometimes they come up
empty handed, but the experience itself was worth it!
Then they take you out to this island where you can go
shelling for a half hour and you learn so much about this industry. I absolutely loved it! I had never done anything like this before
and it was really truly an experience!
If you have never gone shelling before, I highly suggest this! It was such a blast and I was like a kid in a
candy store! My husband, Scott, loved
Not only that, but the scenery is absolutely gorgeous! The number one reason I love the beach is
because of the scenery, you couldn’t ask for a better Creator than the Master
who created it!
At the end of the trip you are handed a booklet of ten post
cards about the trip itself; each one sharing information about the experience
you just had. Check it out someday if
you ever head to Tarpon Springs Florida.
You’ll put this in your books, just like I have:-)
There are many
things to do and see in Tarpon Springs Florida.
Here are just a few and these are in no particular order.
As far as our experience is considered, we have never stayed in Tarpon
Springs, but there are two great parks to consider. You can always check Good Sam’s website for ratings and reviews. We have family in Florida so we stay closer
to where they live. We have visited the
parks listed below and found these two to be very reputable parks to stay. It’s a matter of opinion and preferences when
it comes to your stay.
neighboring cities as well if you prefer to stay outside the limits. My opinion, this may be better unless one of
these two parks fits for you. There
seems to be more RV parks in the neighboring cities this time than in the
actually city we are pin pointing here.
I hope you enjoyed reading about Tarpon Springs Florida as much as I enjoyed writing this. Honestly, we can't wait to visit again! It is a very beautiful city and well worth the trip!
PS: Happy Shelling!!
Written by: Melissa