Here are the perfect family tents for your outdoor adventures.
Planning a camping trip for a family and picking an appropriate tent is a much different endeavor than picking up a backcountry tent for one person. This is especially true for families with small children.
If you have a large family, you're likely looking for something with room dividers or otherwise separated sleeping areas. It also doesn't hurt to have a little storage for camping gear and extra headroom to get dressed.
That's why we've compiled this list of some of the best family tents on the market right now. These camping tents will help you make a lot of memories in the outdoors this season and for years to come!
Ozark Trail 9-Person Weatherbuster Dome Tent
This tent has a spacious 18x10 foot floorplan that Ozark Trail says can sleep up to nine people. Having personally seen the inside of this tent before, that may be stretching it a bit. I can tell you it will likely hold a family of four or five with no problems. The floorplan of this tent is nice and open. It's built to hold three queen size air mattresses. The poles and sleeves of this tent are also color-coded so there's no way you can get the wrong ones in the wrong place during setup.
One nice feature of this tent if you're going to be frequenting established campgrounds is the port to feed through an electrical cord. This way you can charge your devices and run a fan or small fridge without tripping over the cord hanging out of the tent's door. It's 76 inches inside at the center, so even taller campers should be able to walk in and get dressed without being hunched over. This tent also features plenty of pockets, a gear loft and a mud mat to help keep things neat and tidy inside. That's a helpful feature for when the kids are getting dirty playing outdoors.
Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch
If you've never set up a fast pitch tent before, you're missing out. Fast pitch-designed tents have fiberglass poles already attached to the tent. No fumbling around trying to get the right pole in the correct sleeve. Another benefit is no parts to lose. Two people can set up a tent like this quickly and efficiently in just minutes. Which is good because this is a large, 8-person tent.
The walls and rainfly of this large tent are made of a 185T polyester taffeta. An 800mm polyurethane coating helps shed water during bad weather. This tent also has an "E-port" for your electrical cord and multiple gear pockets for all your little camping odds and ends. This model also features a 2x2 foot closet complete with a hanger bar. Coleman says this model will hold up to two queen size air mattresses, making it the perfect size for a family of four or five.
Browning Big Horn 8-Person Tent
This tent features a spacious 10x15 foot floor plan with a center height of 7 feet, 3 inches. Perfect for a taller family because getting dressed in a tent where you can't stand up is always a challenge. This tent features a wall divider and dual entrances so you can have two rooms and a clear separation between the space for the kids and the space for mom and dad.
The poles are fiberglass and steel, the floor is a durable 150-denier oxford polyester and the rain fly features 185T polyester. The whole tent is factory-sealed on the rainfly and floor to help keep the tent as water resistant as possible. Browning is a solid name for any type of outdoor gear the online reviews seem to back that up for this family tent.
Wenzel Pinyon 10-Person Tent
This tent's divider curtain allows you to create two separate rooms in this large tent. It's advertised as being able to sleep 10, but we would say it's probably most comfortable for families of four to six sleeping on multiple airbeds. If you're looking for storage as one of your main selling points, this one features 12 different internal pockets and a gear loft. This tent features a small awning and mud mat right at the front door. No more tracking mud and dirt all over the interior. There are also plenty of mesh windows to help provide ventilation on warmer trips.
The rainfly on this cabin tent is already seam sealed to help keep out the elements. The frame is comprised of fiberglass poles that are shock-corded for easy assembly. Like most of the tents on this list, this one features an E-port to run an electrical cord in for charging small devices, or powering fans or lights. The Wenzel Pinyon brand offer plenty of features and a nice price point. You can often get quite a deal on this one if you catch a sale at the right time.
Ozark Trail 14-Person Camping Tent
If you've got a large family and you need your personal space, go big or go home. That's what this Ozark Trail tent offers. It has a huge, 18x18 foot footprint offering a whopping 203 square feet of space. That's larger than some tiny homes! Ozark Trail says this tent will fit up to three queen-sized air mattresses. It fits more people if they're on the ground in sleeping bags. The 78-inch center height means even the tallest members of the family can walk around without slouching. Most online reviews say the tent was much larger than they were expecting.
This tent offers eight large windows to help provide ventilation and plenty of pockets for organizing all your small items. This tent has a little versatility to it because one side can be converted into a screened "front porch" area. A good place to store dirty clothing and keep it separate from the rest of the tent. This tent also has an awesome price point. For the family doing some casual camping in your local state park campground, this is a good choice.
Eureka! Jade Canyon 6-Person
I've personally used Eureka products for years now and can tell you they build one of the best camping tents on the market. Be it for backpacking, family or otherwise. Their high-quality products will last you a long time. This one is perfect for a smaller family. This cabin-style tent has a coated rainfly and 75-denier polyester walls to help keep the wind and water out. Eureka's steel and aluminum shock cord poles provide for an easy setup, even with young children. This is a nice option for car camping in state forest campgrounds where facilities are nearby.
This is a very simple and straightforward straight wall design. It also has panels in the ceiling specifically designed to reflect and illuminate the tent interior better with your lantern. An electrical port allows you to bring in a power source without keeping the zippers on the door partially open. We're not surprised to see this tent and a similar four-person model carrying very high reviews on the Cabela's website.
This tent garners up plenty of positive online reviews for its large size and ease of setup. The entire tent is covered with a water-resistant 600mm polyurethane coating to help shed the rains. Additional water repellent has been applied to the zippers, threads and seams. A polyethylene floor will help keep the dampness from seeping in underneath. This tent offers a spacious 98 square feet of floor space thanks to its large 11x16 foot dimensions.
One cool feature of this tent is the screen room that allows you to keep coolers, boots and other gear in the tent inside and not scattered around your campsite. It can also be a great place to relax if the bugs become a little too much. This tent has two doors and six windows to help with ventilation and access. This is a good option for a small family that wants a spacious tent with headroom.
Coleman Weathermaster 6-person
Another tent that should work great for families of four to six people. The Coleman has solid reviews online. The 17x9 foot floorplan features a 6x9 foot room that is screened. The entire tent is made of a 75-denier polyester taffeta and the floor is a beefed-up 1000 denier polyethylene. This tent has many weather-specific features. Handy if you're like me, and it rains every time you go camping.
Specifically, Coleman has taped the rainfly seams. They have also added zipper cuffs and reverse angle windows to allow cool air in, while keeping water out. All the other parts are treated to endure the elements. Once again, this is a great option for taller family members. The interior height is a towering 80 inches!
Kodiak Canvas Deluxe Flex Bow
Maybe you're looking for something a little more durable for your family's camping experience than the usual offerings on the market. You would probably be interested in Kodiak Canvas tents. Their 10x10 foot model uses 100 percent cotton duck canvas. This tent has hundreds of perfect five-star reviews on the Cabela's website for its durability and for how waterproof the setup is. This tent is a little on the heavy side at 68 pounds, but that is to be expected with a heavier and more durable material.
This tent utilizes a galvanized steel tube frame and features a nice awning. It may look old-school, but it has plenty of pockets and a gear loft for storage. Four large windows help provide circulation on warmer days. For opening and closing everything, Kodiak used heavy-duty YKK zippers, the kind you find on hardcore backpacking gear. If you're looking for a multi-season tent that will last, Kodiak makes some of the best tents on the market.
Alps Mountaineering Camp Creek Two-Room Cabin Tent
This tent is constructed of high quality materials that should allow it to last many a season as your family grows. The straight wall design offers a little extra room than other models and the seven-foot center height means no one should be bumping their head. It has two doors and six windows for ventilation. The fly and walls are a 75 denier 185T polyester. The floor is a durable 150-denier polyester-oxford and has a waterproof coating to help keep anything from seeping in overnight.
Alps Mountaineering seam seals the fly and floor seams ahead of time, meaning less prep work before you head into the field. The fiberglass and steel poles help provide durability to stand up in any conditions. For the family with a lot of outdoor gear, the Camp Creek features two storage shelves to keep everything organized.