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Address: Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone Number: +1 561-404-9787
Activities: Nightlife
Description: The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history...
The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street District or of West Palm Beach cannot be told without mentioning the name of Henry Flagler. Anyone who has been in Florida for even a short amount of time will recognize the name. It's all over Florida roads, bridges and beaches as well as countless other monuments and museums. Flagler's Dream: Palm Beach Henry Flagler co-founded Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller and also built the Florida railroad from Jacksonville to Key West. He came to the West Palm Beach area in 1893. After being impressed with the natural beauty of the area, he sought to create the most famous resort in the world, Palm Beach. The resort would be conveniently accessible by his own railroad. He built two major hotels, The Breakers and the Royal Poinciana Hotel (later destroyed by a hurricane). He also built what is now West Palm Beach directly across Lake Worth for the service people who worked on the island and as a commercial district. Clematis Street Not only is it one of the trendiest places to be today, it also boasts a long and important history. Clematis Street began as the main thoroughfare of West Palm Beach in the early 20th century. It connected the train station on the west with the ferry to Palm Beach Island on the east. Early 20th Century: Storefronts logically multiplied and lined each way, as Clematis became the "Main Street" of West Palm Beach. The commuters of the day would traverse Clematis Street and frequent these shops before and after work, much like we do today. It's many older buildings display a fascinating journey through South Florida history. Automobiles Change Everything Eventually automobiles, bridges and highways replaced the train, ferry and buggies as the main means of transportation. While once the train station was the link to the outside world, visitors could now arrive via various routes. Okeechobee Boulevard would eventually become the main connection from route 95 over to Palm Beach and Clematis Street would lose its steady flow of passers-by. As the area progressed, suburban sprawl contributed to the growth of metropolitan West Palm Beach, yet the downtown business area remained. The Downtown Development Authority In 1967 the Downtown Development Authority was created to impact Downtown's economic conditions, formulate long-range plans for improving the appeal and accessibility of Downtown facilities, promoting their use, providing remedy to any deterioration of Downtown property values, and most importantly, retaining and attracting businesses to Clematis Street. In short, the DDA works to retain and attract business and to protect the investments of its constituents. Largely due to the Downtown Development Authority Clematis Street is still considered the Main Street of West Palm Beach.
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A cool place to visit

An interesting place to take a walk and visit the shops, bars and restaurants. Has a variety of places to hang out. As night comes it can get a bit more crowded with party people... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
North Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I loved the entire feel of it. It has a really cute water sprinkler located at the Center of all the resto, pub lounges. A have zero dislikes

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Lots of restaurants and bars. A great street to walk. It ends at the inland waterway and a park. Lots of activity and the place gets going in the evenings and weekends. Their is frequently entertainment in the park. A fun place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

ok so everyone visiting this is our Club District! we have hookah bars and night clubs a long with restaurants! This is not South Beach by any means but we have decent clubs and on a good night it is jumping! i would reccomend off the Hookah.

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Spring Hill, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Loved visiting downtown clematis street. Fun for all ages day and night. Wonderful Green Market on Saturdays. Sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Fountains for the kids.

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

An interesting place to take a walk and visit the shops, bars and restaurants. Has a variety of places to hang out. As night comes it can get a bit more crowded with party people. If you want to shop you should go during the day. More of a bar scene at night.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Dozens of bars, nightclubs and restaurants on Clematis. Very varied selection, there should be something for everyones tastes. Irish Pub, Gastro Pub, French restaurant, Mexican, Cuban, Burger, sports bar, Italian, etc, etc. The crowd tends to get younger as the night goes on. A little more quiet and easy going on the 500 block of Clematis. Not much shopping to... More 

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Newcastle Upon Tyne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Went here on every day we visited the Sunfest music festival. Good variety of places to eat and drink, some a little too noisy for my older taste, but Duffy's is always my safe bolt-hole

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Hobe Sound, FL
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18 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

very popular gathering place for all the BEAUTIFUL people of Palm Beach and some of the homeless. Somewhat typical pub crawl streets found in most cities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Clematis Street is full of anything you desire…Awesome shops, great dining of all kinds, fun shops, great book store, and at the end you are on Flagler, and the inter coastal …A beautiful site to be seen, and the best pizza,,, Pizza Girls…..

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Sun Lakes, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We took the trolley from City Place and walked around for awhile. It's a nice place to walk around, but you may find better areas for that kind of sightseeing. Lots of food choices and some stores for browsing. Easy to park somewhere along the trolley route.

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