We're going after the snow birds have left and before school lets out for the season so hopefully it won't be too crowded in town that day. Our activites can include one or more of the following:
Let's start at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 36 N Pinellas Avenue (Alt US 19). (Meet there at 10:00ish. Church is open to the public every day unless there is a special event or funeral service. Good Trip Advisor Reviews . www.epiphanycity.org/TourChurch.htm
It's only a 3 block walk from the church or we can drive to the parking lot adjacent to the house. We then have a reservation at 11:00 for a docent-led tour of the historic Safford House, a victorian mansion on the US Register of Historic Places. Cost $3. Address is 23 Parkin Street, off Grand Blvd. . Other mansions in the area. http://tarponarts.org/tarpon-springs-information/our-venues/safford-house-museum/
A drive around the block to Spring Street is Spring Bayou and this is where young Greek males dive for the cross on January 6th of each year.
Eat? Yabetcha. Plenty of Greek Restaurants along Dodsecanese Street - which is the center of the sponge docks. Many gift shops along the street too. (Sorry - but if you go into one all of the others will be a repeat!) HOWEVER - the bakeries are WONDERFUL.
Then drive North on US Alt 19 and then left on Docanese Blvd (Sponge Docks). Lunch on your own at any of the many restaurants. Parking might be a challenge at some unless you go up to the end of the street and eat at one of the restaurants up there
Or you can drive to 18 Docanese Blvd (Sponge Docks). Park in the 1st parking lot on the right (Sunline Cruises) and then walk to restaurant of choice. Remember though that we need to be back at Sunline Cruises by 12:45.
Then all aboard for 2 hour narrated boat tour including a 30 minute stop at Anclote Key for shelling or walking on the beach. Group rate will be less than $18 + tax (free ticket for group leader and, as usual, I'll divide that "discount" to all attending.) Will have to give final head count 3 days in advance and will have to pay for that many tickets whether or not everyone attends. Check out the details:
The main business district is filled with antique shops, art galleries etc. Very walkable. Also, in a gift shop behind Yanni's Restaurant there is a free movie that explains about the sponge industry. The movie is old and faded but very educational.
Sounds like a full day so let's head north fairly early with the carpool leaving Muvico at 9:00. As usual, each carload determines what time they head back to Tampa. Time shown it the time we meet at St. Nicholas