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Clematis Street

Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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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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Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
+1 561-404-9787
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This street is a lovely street to stroll in the early evening or for brunch. Nice cafes and restaurants are mixed among antique shops, clothing stores and galleries. Everything is one of a kind or unique & unusual. The street has an artsy vibe.

Thank DB A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can't go wrong with so many choices, we did Roco's Tacos, you can eat at a different spot every night! Easy parking on the city lots and a great fountain the kids can splash in.

Thank mom978
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Show's, concerts, Street festivals, shopping, bars, clubs, restaurants, vendors and the like. Best to visit mid week, the weekends can become very busy and crowded.

Thank Clifford S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From free concerts weekly, to art shows and festivals, CLEMATIS has it all! Family friendly, well lit, safe....private security company on constant patrol.

Thank Millie D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were there on the Fourth of July, so it might have been busier than normal, but we had a great time.

Thank TD G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me with my men were there for July 4th weekend. The street has many restaurants and bars and looked like it had a decent night life that is what we were looking for. While having dinner at one of the restaurants we realized there was...More

Thank Heema P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was visiting a friend who lives in Palm beach. She took me out for a much needed break. The only place to be is Clematis street which is close to City Place. My favorite bar on Clematis is Dorians Red Hand and you will...More

Thank mands1Pa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really nice tourist area, yet it still seems neighborhood oriented. I think it's great for families; it has lots of things to do and see for kids and adults.

Thank GloriaAndLorraine
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So disappointed:-( it was dirty , smelled like pee. What a disappointment, do not bother . Only restaurants that are not appealing and no shopping at all, actually there is one shop , tourist shop where they sell stuff like souvenirs and the shop smells...More

Thank Alexia C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having moved to West Palm Beach in 1998, I have seen the many cycles of Clematis Street. Do you go there for bars, shopping or restaurants? Not many stores to shop, especially at night. There are quite a few restaurants, but are they good enough...More

Thank Stephen R
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Clematis Street West Palm Beach.
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Response from baldeagle8502 | Reviewed this property |
Yes u hear music at outside seating. Clematis usually pretty busy and interesting. Weather in 70's this time of year.