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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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This area has been a wonderful downtown treasure for the past 18 years since its revitalization. It has lost a good deal of the crowds since City Place opened several years ago... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I live downtown, Clematis is where locals go to eat and play. there is a large selection of restaurants and bars. they always have something going on!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I've never had more fun than walking around Clemantis. There is always a new restaurant to try, food to eat, or cinema to attend. I also love people watching and you definitely get that here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Not kid friendly at night,but at the holidays it can be a fun place especially at the end by the waterfront

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This area has been a wonderful downtown treasure for the past 18 years since its revitalization. It has lost a good deal of the crowds since City Place opened several years ago, but as a regular, I almost prefer it as it was getting too crowded and parking was a nightmare. From here it is a quick 2 minute walk... More 

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Whitehall, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Nice place to go out to eat. I love to take the kids to Sloan's Ice Cream Shop! I also recommend Rocco's Tacos or Duffy's for the sports fan. In July you won't have a hard time finding parking. Click on TripAdvisor's Map and choose restaurants so you can see what is around the area and read the reviews to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This place is full of excitement, shops, and restaurants. This is also a great place to party at during the late night. There something there for everyone. Pubs, restaurants, shops, or if you just want to go walking. This is a really fun, diverse place with a plethora of things to see and do

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Grayslake, Illinois
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

There were alot of choices to party and hang out. Best to do would be bar hop and munch around. Not alot of shops to go into though. Be careful where you park and be sure to read the signs

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Go for Thursday night free live music/food trucks. There are many restaurants and serve delicious food at prices that fit all budgets. The fountains are a great place for kids to play during the day and evening hours. It's location is right on the Intracoastal Waterway and has a dock to walk out on. Public restrooms are normally clean.

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We took a free trolley from City Place to Clematis as the Embassy Suites West Palm indicated we should check out Clematis by Night. This I believe is every Thursday night. WOW am I glad we did. Great jazz/blues band playing old and new music. This was an outdoor concert you could bring the entire family too. There were lots... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Clematis street is great anytime of the year... On both sides of the street you have abundance of restaurants Plus a few night clubs to go along with that. The waiters of the restaurants are very friendly and they allow children in all locations. At the end of clematis street facing the east side you'll find a water fountain which... 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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