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Clematis Street

Address: Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone Number: +1 561-404-9787
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: The History of Clematis Street & West Palm Beach Henry Flagler A history of the Clematis Street...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Nightlife
Owner description: 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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Lake Worth, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We always take the trolley after having dinner somewhere on Clematis Street. The driver is friendly and it is no charge. We like to walk down through the park and to the waterway. This is a nice place to be.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

After avoiding going downtown, we decided to take the plunge and find the pearl hidden in the city. I had always thought it was going to be difficult to traverse, finding parking, etc. Not the case of this area with breathtaking water views and touristy venues and restaurants galore. We were able to see some of the sand sculptures, including... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Our kids loved the fountains to play in during the day then Sloan's ice cream store afterwards. Many happy times there.

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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014 via mobile

great street with something for everything. Every type of food. Great farmers market and Saturday and great nightlife if that's what you want. clean and a greT place to walk around

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Clematis Street starts at the Waterfront on Flagler Dr. At that end, there is a Green Market on Saturday mornings most of the year and Thursday nights you can enjoy a live band year round. There is also a Visitor Information Center where you can book just about any watersport (www.wpbvisitorcenter.com). There are public restrooms in this area also. As... More 

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Columbia, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We had a good time spending an evening and then an afternoon around Clematis Street. There are lots of good restaurants, pubs, clubs, and all sorts of shops, and the crowds make for some good people watching. At the end of the street is Flagler Park and the waterway. During December, they had "Sandi Land" on display. Clematis is the... More 

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Boring food, overly expensive everything, don't even think about a parking spot unless you pay $12 for valet parking. Or just go for the view of the yachts of the rich and famous. Exactly.....Yawn!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

You want some inexpensive local fun near the water, clematis is where it's at, food, drinks, music and more.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My fiance and I just moved to WPB and Clematis is one of our favorite places to go to. There are so many restaurants and bars to choose from. Each restaurant offers something different and each has it's very own atmosphere. The park downtown is amazing with a beautiful view of the waterway. It's a great place for lunch, brunch,... More 

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Tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I have friends that live just one block south of Clematis Street and spend lots of time at the many excellent restaurants and stores there! There are many various restaurants from Pizza to Thai all of which are great. During season there is even a "Green Market" Saturday mornings, which is a great place to find all of your "foodie"... More 

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