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Clematis Street

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
+1 561-404-9787
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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... more » 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. « less
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West Palm Beach, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Sure, it's great on Thursday evenings with a variety of quality entertainment, but life is great on Clematis. Make sure that you get to the western 500 block, where Hullabaloo and Long Board restaurants, among a dozen other attractions, promise a great time for lunch or dinner. Sub Culture Coffee, yes. Great Cuban place and an Irish pub plus art... More

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Newport News, Virginia, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I just expected more from Clematis Street. I was told that there were several places to shop and found myself a little underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong the food places...YES!!!! Tin Fish is a must as well as Roccos Tacos.

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Evergreen Park, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Clematis street gets lots of press and attention as a go to shopping and tourist area in West Palm. They have invested millions into re-branding the area. Unfortunately,somebody forgot to consult the customers. The whole street is loaded with mediocre restaurants with a few gems thrown in; there are few shops and the ones that are there were boring and... More

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Dalton, MA
11 reviews 11 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Clematis Street was easy to access and parking was abundant. We walked the street and visited several of the restaurants, bars and shops that were open. We went back on a Thursday night to enjoy the free concert and took advantage of the free trolley service to visit City Place for higher end shopping and many restaurants.

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Richmond, Virginia
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207 reviews 207 reviews
57 attraction reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

we always make a trip to clematis street every time we come to west palm, the energy is high, usually pretty crowded, There are quite a few good restaurants among them are ."Rocco's tacos" and" Pistache" also "Sloan's" ice cream/yogurt store. Its a good place to Stoll around after your meal maybe sit in the park area in front of... More

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Madrid, Spain
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70 reviews 70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We enjoy Clematis Street, it is a place in downtown West Palm Beach with a huge variety of restaurants, bars and night clubs, it is very nice to walk the street and enjoy the atmosphere, great food and nice outside sitting, it is a place my family and me enjoy.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

So relaxing walking down the street and on the dock, especially at night. There is a great selection of restaurants, bars and music. The outdoor concerts are fantastic! Also great is the farmers green market, lots of sampling and good variety.

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47 attraction reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We have often visited over the last few years. Mainly parking in City Place (ouch! High cost of parking) and then taking the free trolley to Clematis Street. However on our last visit the whole area is looking more and more run down. This is not really worth visiting any more.

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Hollywood, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Free concert in the plaza was a great experience. 3 hours from 6-9. Great restaurants in the area, food trucks, and other vendors. Stay after the concert and enjoy the downtown area. Affordable parking in the garage near the event.

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Massapequa, New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

A fun place to visit, especially if your in the younger crowd. Many good bars and restaurants to hang out in. Nice shops to stroll by and check out. It is a tourist stop and on weekends it gets real crowded. Enjoy!!!

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