Florida Hospital North Pinellas prides itself on providing excellent care to our community in a friendly, patient-centered atmosphere. Our central location in beautiful Tarpon Springs, however, affords our guests myriad nearby restaurants and attractions, as well as comfortable, convenient accommodations.
While its earliest inhabitants settled here more than 500 years ago, Tarpon Springs first arrived, so to speak, in 1887, when railroad service began. Northerners descended en masse, building gorgeous Victorian mansions, establishing churches, schools and hotels, and starting businesses. The waters around Tarpon Springs were teeming with sponges, which lured divers from Greece and fostered a booming sponge industry. These Greeks ended up founding restaurants and pastry shops, and to this day Tarpon Springs is well known for its Mediterranean culture.
Owing to its Greek-influenced heritage, Tarpon Springs is home to some of the finest Mediterranean and Greek restaurants in the state of Florida. Take a stroll through the world-famous waterfront Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, where you can sample gyros and souvlaki and some of the tastiest lamb chops anywhere, as well as numerous excellent seafood and vegetarian selections.
Some of your options here include:
- Mama’s Greek Cuisine, at 735 Dodecanese Blvd., No. 40, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; (727) 944-2888
- Rusty Bellies, at 937 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; (727) 934-4047
- Café Greko, at 35 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; (727) 942-1444
- Costas Restaurant, at 521 Athens Street, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; (727) 938-6890.
- Riverside Grillehouse and Veranda, at 10 W. Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; (727) 937-2000
You don’t have to go to the Sponge Docks to find great meals, however. Throughout Tarpon Springs you can find world-class cuisine. Here are just a few examples of local favorites, which range from fine dining to more casual fare:
- Currents Restaurant, at 200 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; (727) 940-5377
- Davidson’s Dockside (in the Port Tarpon Marina), at 527 Anclote Road, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; (727) 487-0100
- The Original Mama Maria’s Greek Cuisine, at 503 N. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; (727) 934-5678
- Cody’s Original Roadhouse, at 39870 U.S. 19 North, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689; (727) 937-1022
There’s a lot more to do in Tarpon Springs than eat. We have many attractions in the area. They include:
- Heritage Museum: 100 Beekman Lane (in Craig Park); open Tuesday and Friday, from noon to 4 p.m.; (727) 937-0686; admission $3, children and members free.
- Historic Train Depot Museum: 160 E. Tarpon Ave.; open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.; (727) 943-4624; free admission, archives by appointment only.
- Performing Arts Center: 324 Pine St. (inside City Hall); (727) 942-5605; theater box office opens one hour before show time.
- Leepa-Rattner Museum Of Art: 600 Klosterman Road; open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; (727) 712-5762.
- Sponge Docks Fishing Village: Dodecanese Boulevard; this world-famous attraction features not only some of the finest shops restaurants and cafes around, but also premier attractions and activities, including deep-sea fishing; visit http://www.spongedocks.net/ for more information.
- Tarpon Springs Aquarium: 850 Dodecanese Blvd.; (727) 938-5378; www.tarponspringsaquarium.com.
There are a number of hotels within just a few miles of the hospital, should you or your family need lodging. Here are just some of the accommodations in our vicinity:
Hampton Inn & Suites (2 miles)
39284 U.S. Highway 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa (1.5 miles)
36750 U.S. Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Quality Inn & Suites (2 miles)
38724 U.S. Highway 19 North
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689