– Better than the average date night Tarpon Springs is rich with culture and will make you feel like you are walking the streets of Greece! The “sponge capital of the world” is home to the biggest Greek community in the US! In the early 1900s Greek immigrants came here to harvest the sponges and brought along much of the culture that has been here to stay!
Located along the Gulf of Mexico, Tarpon Springs is only about a 45 minute drive North of St. Petersburg and about a 30 minute drive West of Tampa. Tarpon got its name from the abundant fish that inhabit its waters. Tarpon has an array of different aquatic experiences for you and your lover that make this place not only unique – but very romantic. Such activities include, stingray petting at the aquarium, taking a dolphin tour boat ride, visiting the Safford Musuem and participating in feeding live Tarpon from the docks!
Tarpon Spring is known for holding annual events such as the Greek Festival (March 22nd) and the Greek Epiphany (January 6th). The Greek festival is a lively event where you can experience Greek music and dance while watching the parade and enjoy sharing authentic homemade Greek delicacies! Such a unique and unforgettable experience that you will be talking about for years!
The Epiphany is a religious ceremony held by the Greek Orthodox Church in the remembrance of Jesus Christ’s baptism. People from all over gather to watch selected members of the church dive for the sacred cross! An event that has been held since 1903 and Tarpon Springs is the only place in America where this event is identical to the one performed in Greece! It is no wonder that this quaint and charming town is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places!
The perfect date night would consist of walking hand in hand through the brick paved streets while appreciating the ocean view. Enjoy watching the boats dock and leaving the marina, all of them which are displaying their sponge catches for the day. Greek music can be heard throughout the streets and the aroma of Greek food is so enticing just pick a restaurant and be prepared to have the best Greek meal you ever experienced. Visit the aquarium and see the aquatic animals that make up Florida’s Gulf coast and pet a sting ray! End the night with some homemade fudge at the fudge factory and check out the antique stores that line up Dodocanese St. – Handmade gifts are the best!
♥ Just a tip – Try Hellas bakery while you are here! They have the most amazing selection of homemade Greek pastries. We personally gravitate toward the baklava and the Greek wedding cookies. So delicious.
The romantic night shouldn’t end here – just a five minute drive from the streets of Tarpon lies the
beautiful Fred Howard beach. Sit down and watch the sunset. Nothing really better than that. There is something here for everyone – Tarpon Springs is little Greece!