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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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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

excellent night life on Clematis. great beer at the world of beer and food too. good pubs as well as restaurants.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Restaurants and bars which cater to the younger crowds. Could be more enticing if there was a better age appropriate mix of establishments. People in their 50's on up enjoy a happening place too, but without the blasting of music loud enough to disrupt any possible conversation. A piano bar/restaurant would be a great. During the season, the restaurants and... More

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Riviera Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

its a great night life for the young and good place to go on special nights especially thursdays when you can listen to great music bring your chairs relax and hear new and old bands some future stars as well.Sat.day is the best farmer's mkt. its by the water you can dock your boat and all through the year there... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
22 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The " happening " street but nothing special... overpriced shops and restaurants with the usual .. No parking nearby ..

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Atlanta, GA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

With no explanation, my husband & I were turned away from at least 2 bar/restaurants this Saturday. We think it was because the establishments were only admitting college football fans, but this is a guess. There are many stores empty on this street and really nothing of character, just restaurants and bars. We were expecting something like Duval St on... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I met a friend here for a late nite dinner. Before the meal, we walked a good bit of Clematis street. Very lively area-- restaurants, bars, clubs...tons of walking traffic--women, men, sleek cars cruising by, people wanting to be seen--it's a happening place! I was there Friday nite, and it was jumping! If you are in the area and are... More

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Plant City
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Lot's of eateries, some familiar and some very new to me. This is a fun destination to stay or for just a day trip.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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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
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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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14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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