Strollin’… Strollin’… Strollin’ on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks



The sky is crystal clear, as blue as can be with no visible clouds. A light breeze has palm fronds whispering all around. The sun is shining so bright, its warmth so enveloping a nice stroll along the World Famous Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks is in order!

The Riverside Venue and rooftop Veranda are preparing to reopen soon. What a lovely location with so much history as the former Pappas Restaurant. The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center is abuzz with tourists seeking more information about the area.

There are several new businesses on the Sponge Docks. Tula has opened Yia Ma’s Martini Bar next to the Sponge Factory, It is beautiful and sophisticated. A new restaurant, Pappas Fish Market, has taken the place of the Blue Fin Café located right across the street from Simone’s Gift Shop.


Claudia and her Mother, Begnner, refer to their shop as “The Happy Store,” and these women are two of the sweetest, kindest people on Earth. The unique gift offerings at Simone’s are suitable for just about anyone on a gift list! For those more macho gift recipients, a trip to Boot Hide Out in the Riverwalk shopping area is perfect. They have thousands of boots, leather jackets, handbags, purses and accessories. Nice!

On the way to Boot Hide Out, there is no possible way to pass up shopping at the many wonderful shops in The Sponge Exchange. Especially Five Fish, a trilogy of shops, featuring Life is Good, Brighton, Vera Bradley, Pandora and so many others.

Yet, it would not be a trip to the Sponge Docks without catching a glimpse of the boats cruising on the Anclote River.  A fishing vessel, Julie Ann , has just returned to her dock at family-owned, Rusty Bellies Restaurant and Pelican Seafood.  The Viking Gulfstar is heading out on a fishing charter with some very happy passengers.

Mmmm… fresh seafood!

Will it be classic Greek at Mykonos, or “A New Greek Experience” at Dimitri’s? It will be Dimitri’s on the Water. The food is phenomenal, with the freshest seafood caught locally from some of Tarpon Springs’ veteran fishermen.  Dimitri buys everything he can find locally. But it’s not just the food, but the mere opportunity to dine on the water that captures the real feeling of living in paradise!

What a perfect day!! Yes… Life is Good!

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