Hidden treasures of Tarpon Springs, from an outsider’s point of view

Hidden treasures of Tarpon Springs, from an outsiders point of view

Lily Tipton

Unique shops, fun restaurants, and outdoor visits. Tarpon Springs is full of surprises. 

There are many big places to go, but there are few hidden gems in this cove. Such as a quaint antique shop called The Court Of Two Sisters. 

“Best of all – most of the stuff is very reasonably priced. The store has a nice feel to it (it has a flow … ok it’s not a dump run by an old codger is what I’m trying to say) the people who run it are extremely nice and take the time to get to know you as a customer. Don’t take my word for it, go and check it out. It’s two stories of antiques- each one with a story waiting to be told or embellished,”  Joe P. a reviewer on Yelp said.

Furniture and more this shop is ever changing. 

“One of my favorite shops, PERIOD. Whether you’re looking for vintage jewelry or a gorgeous piece of furniture, they have it, and it’s reasonably priced. The owners are two of the nicest, most helpful, people you’ll meet. And their “greeter” is amazing too!” A reviewer on google maps said.

Next up on the list is Conworlds Emporium. 

“This is a fun, family-owned place! We tried the small escape room in the back (spooky themed in October – we just missed the Harry Potter theme the previous month), and it was challenging but enjoyable. We also bought some unique items in the store, and it seems like a great local place to stock up on presents. There was an entire wall of board games and a seating area to play them. Seems like a great hang-out spot!” quotes another yelp reviewer. 

They not only have great escape rooms but also amazing gifts. 

“From The Golden Girls to Wizards, from Dragons to Stranger Things… Come find out why Conworlds Emporium has something for everyone!” said Scott Morris. 

Looking for a bite to eat? 

“Wow! Super surprised how delicious this was! We ordered the crab Rangoon appetizer, veggie and rice plate and steak bento box! So, filling and all yummy. Everything was on pony and service was great,” Christina S. a yelp reviewer said.

A Taste of Japan is a great place to enjoy some teriyaki beef, or even ramen. 

“Good food nice portions and staff super friendly” said a google maps reviewer. 

Looking for something a little quirkier? 

“Fun place to sit and enjoy a great meal, great coffee, and desserts. Very pleasant indoor and outdoor seating! Host/owner is absolutely delightful. Give it a try when in Tarpon,” writes a google maps reviewer. 

At Quirky Fork all are welcome for a fun fresh way of dining. 

“Quirky Fork in Tarpon Springs does things a little bit differently. And it’s a lot of fun,” a writer for Tampa Bay said.

More outdoorsy?
“The City of Tarpon Springs through the Public Art Committee (PAC) installed a jolly bronze pelican statue by local artist Mike Elwell, complete with a Tarpon Springs baseball cap, flip flops, pink flamingo Hawaiian shirt and comfortably seated on a bench with welcoming wings wide open. The whimsical statue looks as if it is begging someone to sit beside him. And the PAC hopes people will do just that. It is destined to become a favorite spot for making photo memories of a visit to the Tarpon Springs historic Sponge Docks,” a writer for Explore Tarpon Springs said.

How about events? 

“Of course, you have to visit the Sponge Docks while in Tarpon Springs. All aspects of the sponge industry are available to view in Tarpon Springs, from the harvesting to the sale of the sponges. In addition to seeing the history of sponge harvesting, visitors can experience the Greek influence. Greek restaurants and shops are scattered throughout the area. Seafood, Greek salads, and pastries are particularly popular,” MY USA TRAVELS said.

Now the OG spot in Tarpon is Craig Park. 

“The Tarpon Springs Heritage is located on Craig Park. Craig Park offers a boat ramp, picnic area, playground, tennis court, and recreation center. The recreation center is only open during various programs and events. The park also features a band shell for concerts,”  a writer for St. Pete Clearwater said.

Seafood and more by the bay. 

“True Floridians know there’s no better way to bounce back from a tropical storm than a three-day seafood festival,” a writer for CL Tampa said.