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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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I do wish that there were more daytime shops, but Clematis has come SI far from what it was. It's like a little Atlantic Avenue, blossoming forth!!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The only park of WPB that has a vibrant bigger city feel. The 100-200 block of clematis is home to some great restaurants and bars, a waterfront park and a vibrant city center social feel. Best sense of WPB community can be found most evenings or weekends on and around clematis.

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

I do wish that there were more daytime shops, but Clematis has come SI far from what it was. It's like a little Atlantic Avenue, blossoming forth!!!

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

This street has some individual restaurants that give an alternative to the chains. I have tried three and they have all been middle of the road. However, Subculture Coffee is a winner!

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Belize City, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Was interesting to check out all the businesses as we walked Clematis. All the bars and restaurants with the people food and music.

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King, North Carolina, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

[;peasant great place to visit and dine-great for boating and just passing by and enjoying beautiful houses Yachts and other

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I've been to Clematis Street while on vacation to West Palm Beach with my kids (4 and 6), actually we stopped there randomly while we were on the trolley. There were many restaurants, we had an ice cream at Sloan's and the kids played at the Centennial Square and Fountain Park for about 1.5 hour. We really enjoyed our time... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you can't find something to do on Clematis Street, I don't know what to tell you! This is West Palm Beach's answer to New York's Broadway Street. Of course, the volume of people is a lot lower, as are the tops of the buildings, but the food and variety of activities is there! Shopping, restaurants, bars, nightlife, souvenirs, tourist's... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a place were you can start your day off and then finish it with dinner and dancing into the night, I love that there are a lot of choices to eat, drink and dance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT CLEMATIS STREET!!!!! I sampled so many different cuisines and experiences between Clematis Street and City Place that I hardly know where to begin. They have restaurants galore, bars and pubs, beautiful sites, chocolate shops, Segway tours, hookah bars (for those of you that indulge in that), a thriving nightlife and much more!!!!! I was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We enjoyed eating and having a few beers on Clematis street. We eat at Duffys. It was packed and the service was great. The food (chicken pasta) was pretty good. I'm from Miami so its nice to just drive up for a " staycation".

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