Tarpon Springs, Florida, is a city located about 30 miles to the northwest of Tampa. Known as the "Sponge Capital of the World," Tarpon Springs has always boasted a booming sponge-diving industry. Today, the large Greek population is reflective of this past, as many of the workers hired to dive for sponges were Greek transplants from the Mediterranean. Stay in one of the Tarpon Springs hotels and enjoy miles of beaches, fascinating local culture, and convenient proximity to Tampa and Orlando.
Cruise into Tampa International Airport and Tarpon Springs is just 25 miles away. To get to Tarpon Springs using public transit, take Route 30 on the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit bus to the Northwest Transfer Center. Here, switch to the Oldsmar/Tampa Connector Service and ride it to connect with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority Route 19, which will take you into Tarpon Springs. Alternatively, hire a taxi or rent a car on-site at the airport. You can also rent a car in Tarpon Springs itself.
Drop off your things at one of the hotels in Tarpon Springs and go enjoy recreational opportunities on Lake Tarpon or along the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Explore the sponge docks, swim at Fred Howard Park, or hike the wetlands of the Brooker Creek Preserve. Don`t miss a visit to the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, and be sure to sample the town`s Greek cuisine, which is in no short supply. Keep in mind that Orlando isn`t far. If you want to pair your vacation to the Sponge Capital of the World with a side trip to one of the area`s many theme parks, Travelocity can help you get great prices on hotels near Orlando.
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