TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — The sponge docks of Tarpon Springs are known for their namesake — sponges. But they're also a top shelling destination, and fall is the perfect time to go!

What You Need To Know

  • Odyssey Cruises depart on shelling expeditions out of Tarpon Springs

  • Multiple tours depart daily and take passengers to a private sandbar

  • During the trip, captains share history of the area, too

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“Just prepping, getting ready to ice down that cold beer,” Captain Rick said as he shoveled buckets of ice for the voyage ahead. 

It's Captain Rick's same routine daily to prep the Odyssey for its daily outings, getting the critical supplies on board so the real adventure can begin. 

As the Odyssey drifts away from shore, Captain Rick and his crew dazzle and delight with stories of the area's history. 

“During the Civil War, on this river was like a highway for soldiers going to the Gulf of Mexico, to the trading stations in town,” he said. 

It's a journey from the history that put Tarpon Springs on the map to the treasures that can be found when Odyssey docks on a private sandbar. 

Captain Rick will help with the hunt for the multitude of shells that can be found around the Tarpon Springs waterways. 

At this time of year, it can be shocking just how many kinds of shells can be found and how big they are.

The day is spent with a seasoned captain learning the ropes of one of Tarpon Springs' best vessels. 

Tours by Odyssey Cruises can be booked by calling ahead at 727-934-0547, or you can just show up. They have multiple tours per day.

Details are available on Odyssey Cruises' website.