CityPlace, West Palm Beach
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CityPlace is an outdoor shopping and entertainment district in West Palm Beach. Its sumptuous architecture and extravagance stands out amongst the poor suburbs of West Palm Beach. Colors and delicious European architecture surround you as you walk the pedestrian-only promenade and arcades. A gorgeous Spanish clock tower rises high above it all. Although CityPlace is only a few years old, the Himmel Theater and clocktower at its center were built in 1926. You can hardly tell because it has been so perfectly restored. As you walk past the sidewalk cafes, enjoy the archways, palms, tropical flowers, and fountains. At night, strings of lights wrapped around palms add to the ambience. The movie theater, Muvico Parisian, stands at the top of an impressive flight of European-inspired stairs. From mid-Nov to the end of Dec, there is snow that falls on the plaza. This is actually not ice as you'd expect but some kind of bubbly chemical foam that smells like laundry starch- kind of gross getting it in your nose, eyes (contact lenses), hair, and on your skin. The snow falls Mon-Wed 6pm and 7pm, and Thurs-Sun 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.
Nearby, check out Clematis Street, with its French cafe, photography museum, and happening sidewalk cafes. There is a trolley that takes you from CityPlace to Clematis Street.
While in Palm Beach, don't miss out on Flagler Mansion and Museum, which sits in a magical spot on the intracoastal waterway. My daughter still talks about the railcar pavilion there.
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CityPlace is located on Hibiscus St between S. Rosemary Ave and S. Quadrille Blvd. You can park in the parking structure on S. Sapodilla Ave, just after the metered parking on your right as you head north from Okeechobee Blvd. The first hour of parking is free. There is a historical trolley bus that takes you from CityPlace to the shops and restaurants on Clematis St.
From Highway 95, exit at Okeechobee Blvd and head toward the ocean. You will cross over a long bridge over the blue waters of the intercoastal waterway. Turn left on S. Sapodilla Ave and right on Hibiscus St.
Muvico Parisian Cinemas, 545 Hibiscus Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, call (561) 833-0400.
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, 600 S. Rosemary Ave. #162 West Palm Beach, FL, 33401.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.