Tarpon Springs is widely known for the Greek Orthodox Epiphany events. Every January the faithful and the curious flock to the city to watch young men dive for the cross or attend Epiphany services. There’s nothing quite like this event anywhere else in the United States. Tourist who have no interest in this event or aren’t visiting in January might want to consider one of the year round reasons to visit Tarpon Springs.
Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock
Whether looking for a great Greek Restaurant, shopping, or taking one of the adventure tours offered along the waterfront, Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks are a must visit for every tourist.
Fred Howard Park Beach
Fred Howard Park is 155 acres of woodlands fronting the Gulf of Mexico. There is a mile long causeway connecting the mainland to Howard Park Beach. Locals fish, run, bike, and walk the causeway for recreation.More recreation equipment can be found at the beach shack, which offers paddle boat, bicycle, and other sports equipment for hourly rental. Those less adventurous can always soak up some rays or enjoy the water.
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
The original cathedral was chartered in 1908 and seated 250. Construction of the existing Cathedral began in 1941. It was designed as a replica of St. Sophia of Constantinople. The Cathedral was consecrated during the Epiphany festivities of 1943. It is called one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches in the world. St. Nicholas is home to the largest Epiphany celebration in the United States and the “weeping” icon of St. Nicholas
Sunset Beach City Park
The City of Tarpon Springs has built a lovely little park which hosts beach concerts and has plenty of benches where locals gather to watch the sun go down. In fact, the beach is very popular with the local residents as it offers ample area for group picnics, swimming, and boating. Also, it has amenities like barbeque grills and shelters with picnic tables, parking lots for cars and bicycles and clean public washrooms.
Tarpon Springs Aquarium
Located on the Sponge Dock, this small aquarium is a huge attraction for children. Fish, live coral, sharks, and sponges fill the tanks. Visitors also have the opportunity to feed the sharks and to watch divers feed the larger sea life.
The Pinellis Trail
Walking and biking along the Pinellis Trail is a popular year round activity in all cities in the county. The trail runs from Tarpon Springs to Saint Petersburg with stops along some of the most scenic areas of the Gulf Coast.
Brooker Creek Preserve
Brooker Creek Preserve is Pinellas County’s largest natural area at nearly 8,500 acres. Boardwalks and trails (hiking and equestrian) are currently available for public use. Opens every day at 7:00 am and closes 30 minutes before sunset.