What do these three things have in common you ask? Tarpon Springs of course. This is a small town located right on the coastal edge of northern Pinellas county. It was founded in 1876 as a local fishing village popular for Tarpon fishing, hence its name today. But what really put Tarpon Springs on the map was the sponge industry boom starting in 1905. Today the sponge industry still is alive in Tarpon Springs but is now also known for being the largest Greek community in the U.S. Tarpon Springs is a as close as you can get to Greece this side of the Atlantic. The food, music, and atmosphere is incredibly authentic and makes you feel like you could be in the Mediterranean instead of the Tampa Bay. You can find so much to do from visiting the handmade soap shops to sampling local Greek culture, like delicious food and Greek traditional dancing. Also you can take a boat ride to see dolphins and even visit the local museum of sponge diving and Greek culture. You really can spend an entire day with your family in this quaint village and never want to leave. Every time I go to Tarpon Springs (which has been several) I always discover something new in this gem of a town, that is right in our backyard. So what are you waiting for? Load up the car or boat and set sail for Tarpon Springs, your Greek adventure awaits!!!