Vacationers will notice a handful of sailboats at every local Outer Banks port, either saddled up to the docks or breezing across the harbor, en route to the nearest sound for a cruise, or to the continent-spanning Intracoastal Waterway to continue a long coastal voyage. Some vacationers are even in it for the long haul, docking for a summer or a winter season at a number of local marinas that offer all the comforts of home. Clearly, sailing lovers of all varieties have plenty of options, but even newcomers to the sport can experiment with life on the water with a local sailing lesson, rental, or waterfront cruise.
Stop by Nags Head's Ben Franklin at Mile Post 10 on the Bypass where you will find everything you need for the beach! From Clothing, T-shirts and Swimwear to Boards, Chairs, Umbrellas and Tackle. You'll find it allâ¦and of course, we have the best selection of Souvenirs anywhere on the Outer Banks. Enjoy your vacation!
Independently owned by a member of one of the Outer Banksâ oldest families, the Ben Franklin store is stocked with just about everything a visitor would need to go to the beach. Owner Thomas Daniels said he opened the Nags Head location in 1977, but his family has been in the business on the Outer Banks for about 100 years.
Inside, there is 21,000 square feet of space filled with men, women and childrenâs clothing, bathing suits, and foot wear. There are boogie boards, beach umbrellas, beach toys, hermit crabs, and even salt water taffy. Thereâs also fishing gear and every souvenir a tourist could ask for. And of course, thereâs sunscreen, bug spray, and tanning oil. A visitor canât go wrong stopping in this charming store that harkens back to the Outer Banksâ good olâ days.