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Address: Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone Number: +1 561-404-9787
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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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Clematis Street is West Palm's "happening" place. But it's also accessible early in the week. Parking and dining are at a premium from Thursday on... but Monday nights are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Clematis Street in West Palm Beach is the place to be during the weekends. Thursday evenings are best for children, since the city put on Thursday evenings music entertainment for the citizens and friends of the city from 5:00pm to about 9:00pm, and the young children always have a great time playing in the specially designed water sport area. Clematis... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Clematis Street is great because it offers so much variety in dining. There are so many restaurants that you could visit every day for a week and never repeat. Not to mention, the beautiful views and architecture that surrounds the city.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very relaxing to go and eat at a restaurant, walk to the water and just sit back and enjoy. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Clematis Street is West Palm's "happening" place. But it's also accessible early in the week. Parking and dining are at a premium from Thursday on... but Monday nights are relatively quiet. There's some great food here - and a good local theater. If you're in the area, Clematis Street is worth a visit.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Nice street full of restaurants and bars. Just visit to drink and eat , don't expect more. You can use free historical trolley bus to reach there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Clematis Street is very unique with shops, restaurants, a waterpark leading to the intercoastal at the end of it, Dramaworks a Theatre that has great palys and more throughout the year, etc.

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Goodyear, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Strolled through on Monday evening and it was great activity. Walked to open park plaza, corn hole play, hula hoops, water feature. Strolled across the street to check out the beautiful yachts.

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Lake Worth, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

For a relatively small area, so much to see and do; Plenty of food and bar choices. Most importantly, a well lit place that you can feel comfortable walking around in.

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Gainesville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Free trolley rides took you just about anywhere you wanted to go. There were lots of restaurants and shops and even a grocery store.

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Hobe Sound, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Enjoy Clematis, all sorts of little restaurants, shops and clubs. Only downside is parking. Had all kinds of trouble finding a street space or lot parking on a Friday night. It worked out, but it was an aggravation and ten bucks for two hours parking. Don't let this stop you, though, expecially if you like Mexican and want to try... More 

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Address: Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone Number: +1 561-404-9787
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  West Palm Beach

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