Clematis Street

#2 in Best Things To Do in West Palm Beach
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Key Info

Clematis Street

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Frequently cited as the historic heart of downtown West Palm, Clematis Street epitomizes the fun-loving atmosphere of the city. Beginning at the street's intersection with Flagler Drive near the Intracoastal Waterway, all sorts of bars, shops and restaurants await visitors. And on Thursday nights, the street's Centennial Square comes alive for Clematis By Night, which offers free live music from 6 to 9 p.m.

Travelers praise Clematis Street's abundance of dining and shopping options, plus its waterfront views near Flagler. The Flagler end of Clematis Street also hosts the seasonal West Palm Beach Green Market, which features more than 70 food and plant vendors on select Saturdays and comes highly recommended by previous visitors.

Despite varying hours for Clematis' shops, bars and restaurants, most of the street's spots are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Bar and live entertainment venues often remain open until 4 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.) Boutiques and eateries charge various fees for their items, but the street itself is free to visit. Though limited, street and garage parking is available for a fee. The West Palm Beach Trolley's free yellow and green lines – which service other area attractions like the Kravis Center and CityPlace – also operate along Clematis, as well as several Palm Tran buses, including bus Nos. 1, 41, 44 and 45.

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Overall, past visitors appreciated McCarthy's mission to rehabilitate injured or abandoned wild animals. Not only are the grounds well-maintained, but the tour guides are also informative, polite and engaging, according to reviewers. Remember, though, to make arrangements for this attraction well in advance since appointments are required. Another note: Children younger than 5 are not permitted.

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