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Walking Club: Trying out the Great Tarpon Springs Reindeer Hunt

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Posted at 5:19 AM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 09:34:45-05

Many of us are looking for ways to be active while also staying a safe distance away from others. That's why Sarah Phinney started a ‘Walking Club’ to highlight some hidden, and some not so hidden, trails across the Tampa Bay area that are great places for you and your family to check out.

There’s another great reason to visit the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks: Reindeer! The Great Tarpon Springs Reindeer Hunt just kicked off this week. The goal is to find laminated reindeer hidden around the area. It runs from now until December 21.

How does it work?

First, download this clue sheetfrom the Tarpon Springs Recreation Division website. Solve the clues and then head to the sponge docks!

“Some of the clues are very challenging, but some of them are very easy,” said Ashley Harter, Special Event and Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Tarpon Springs.

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There are 34 laminated reindeer hidden inside and outside businesses. When you spot one, write down the number next to the corresponding clue.

Harter says the reindeer can all be found within walking distance, but some are down side streets.

What if I don’t solve all of the clues?

Good news, you don’t need to solve every single clue to turn in your sheet and be entered into a drawing!

“Please turn your sheet in, even if you don’t solve them all, so we know you participated,” said Harter.

You can drop your sheet off at the Tarpon Springs Community Center located at 400 S. Walton Ave, Tarpon Springs, Fl 34689.

If you're not comfortable dropping it off in-person, you can email your sheet to

Does this sound familiar?

This is the first year of The Great Tarpon Springs Reindeer Hunt. It follows the first Great Tarpon Springs Pumpkin Hunt, which was featured in an October #WalkingClub story!

“We had great success with the pumpkin hunt in downtown Tarpon Springs so we thought why not try the sponge docks and bring the hunt for the reindeer down here!” said Harter.

Get involved in Walking Club!

Post photos of your adventures, ask questions and learn about upcoming #WalkingClub stories in Sarah’s Walking Club group on Facebook!

You can also keep up with Sarah on Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter.