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Tarpon Springs has history and waterfront allure

Named for the fish found in nearby waters, it is also known as the "sponge capital of the world."
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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (WTHR) — Tarpon Springs is located less than an hour from St. Petersburg, Florida. Named for the fish found in nearby waters, it is also known as the "sponge capital of the world." If you'd rather spend your time on the beach, Tarpon Springs has 51 miles of waterfront. In addition, Tarpon Springs' has a charming downtown that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There you can take a stroll along brick streets while checking out shops and galleries in buildings dating back to the late 1800s.

Nickname: Sponge Capital of the World

Population: 25,331 (2017)

Avg. Temp by season: Winter - 72; Spring - 81; Summer - 91; Fall - 84

Travel Tips:

  • The closest airport is Tampa International Airport.
  • Major carriers that fly from Indianapolis to Tampa are Southwest, Delta, American and United.

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