The right family tents and camping tents are crucial if you want to have an outdoor adventure with minimal whining. Kids can learn a lot from nature, and theres no shortage of great family activities, from hikingto mountain bikingto climbing, that can only happen in the great outdoors. But if, after a long day outside, you and your family retreat toaresortor cabin, youre missing out on the stargazing and storytelling that make camping great. Of course, youll need one of the best camping tentsto make sure everyone can rest comfortably.
There dozens of solid tents out there. The best camping tents for families fit at least four people and weigh under 30 pounds packed up, making them large but portable. And because its easy to spend a ton of cash on fancy options, we limited our search to tents that go for less than $200 even if theyre not great for extreme weather that, lets face it, you dont want to be out in with your family anyways. And for these prices, youll pay for your new family tent the first night you use it instead of staying in a hotel.
Best Family Tents
This roomy eight-person tent easily fits three queen air mattresses, or eight sleeping bags.
Pros: This tent wont get stuffy, thanks to its five mesh windows. It takes roughly 10 minutes to set up. Its waterproof and windproof. And its spacious inside.
Cons: The zippers could use some improvement, and you need two people to set the tent up.
Heat-sealed seams keep the water out, so rainstorms won't be an issue. And we particularly like the ability to run an extension cord into your tent through the E-port.
Pros: This family tent sleeps nine people and fits three queen air mattresses. And you wont feel crowded in because two additional ridge poles maximize indoor space. Plus, the set up is easy.
Cons: There are consistent complaints about the quality of the poles.
This compact four-person tent has a great price and excellent waterproofing.
Pros: This tent is going for just $50, an excellent price for one that fits four. It has protected seams, zippers, and waterproof floors that will keep water out of your tent and a door awning that will let you and your kids peek out at the storm without getting drenched.
Cons: Sixty-three square feet can technically fit four people, but we wouldnt call it a comfortable fit.
We love this tent because its a breeze to set up; the company says it should take only 30 seconds to complete the three necessary steps. It creates a perfect space for a small family to hang out in during a day of backpacking, or even just a night under the stars in the backyard.
Pros:Its big enough to fit an entire queen-sized mattress or four people in sleeping bags.Built-in storage pockets and a gear loft allows you to store whatever you need without it cluttering your space. A water-repellent polyester, sealed seams, and an included rainfly will keep you dry during a rainstorm, and an electrical access port lets you charge up any devices you werent able to leave at home. Its best feature is the pre-built frame that makes setup simple as can be.
Cons:It only fits four, so if youve got a big family, you might be a little cramped. The 54-inch ceiling also isnt what wed call roomy, so expect to use this tent more for laying down than standing up.
The headlining feature of this tent is the hydraulic mechanism that takes most of the physical labor out of setting it up.
Pros: You can choose between two- and four-person sizes of this tent. Each comes with waterproof fabric, a waterproof tarp, and waterproof tape on the seams. And if its not raining, you can open up the mesh windows or roll up the sides to form a breezy shelter that wont overheat on hot summer days.
Cons:The Night Cat isnt the roomiest tent, and some users said they needed more space to fit four people comfortably.
Big families, take note: this tent fits eight people in its dome area and attached screen room. It's made of polyester coated in polyurethane, so it's weather-resistant for those trips when the weather just won't cooperate.
Pros: This is a solid price for a tent this big, particularly one that includes an enclosed lounge area that keeps you outside but safe from mosquitos. It has a removable airfly, accessory pockets, and mesh openings for ventilation for warm-weather camping.
Cons: It weighs almost 30 pounds, which is a lot to lug, so you might want to save this one for campsites you can drive to.
This cabin-style tent has near vertical walls, which makes its 64 square feet feel way more spacious than a traditional dome tent. There's a window on each side of the tent, so you won't be lacking for airflow or natural views. And at the apex of the seven-foot-tall tent there's an eminently convenient gear hammock that keeps your stuff off the ground but still accessible.
Pros: The cabin construction of this tent means that even tall dads can stand up straight comfortably in it. Theres also a clever zippered flap that lets you run an extension cord into the tent without letting in water, bugs, or worse.
Cons: This tent weighs less than 20 pounds, but part of that may be due to a thin floor material. If you plan on tackling damp or rocky terrain, it may be worth your while to select a tent with a thicker material.
Large, roomy, and actually quite colorful, we love that this tent can comfortably fit five people. Its made from a durable polyester coated in polyurethane thatll last a lifetime (and through any inclement weather). Take it camping, take it hiking, take it to the beach; this big guy can go anywhere.
Pros:Durable fiberglass poles and steel stakes mean this tent wont blow away. The doors and top are mesh, giving you excellent ventilation. On the inside, youve got small pockets to store all your stuff.
Cons:As far as tents go, this ones pretty basic. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, but huge families might miss the extra space and configurations of more elaborate tents. Its also meant more for warmer weather, so if your family is all about fall foliage you might want to consider other tents.
A tent with a dedicated lounge area? Were into it. This behemoth comfortably fits six sleepers or two queen-sized airbeds and it takes about seven minutes to set up. There's a porch area that's a great place to leave dirty shoes. Inside, you'll find a dry and comfy environment, and the sturdy frame means itll never blow away.
Pros:Again, theres a lounge, people. Who wouldnt want a separate screened-in room that allows for stargazing and provides extra sleeping space. Extended window awnings give you more air circulation. It has storage pockets on the inside for all your gear and an e-port lets you run wired power through it in case your family isnt quite ready to give up their tablets for the great outdoors. The color-coded poles make for easy set-up, and inverted seams increase the tents weather resistance.
Cons:While it packs down to a small package, we wouldnt call it light at 20 pounds. The center height is five feet, eight inches, so while your kids can probably stand you might find yourself stooping.
Big family trip? Pack away this ginormous tent which has more of the feel of a fabric cabin. It comfortably fits eight people, or two queen-sized air mattresses, with built-in resistance to windy weather and setup that should only take about nine minutes.
Pros: There are so many awesome features to this monster, starting with a built-in closet, complete with shelves and a hanger bar.You also get a rainfly to protect against inclement weather, a hinged door for easy entry and exit, storage pockets, and waterproof floors thatll keep the inside of your tent dry even if you have to pitch it on damp ground.
Cons:Its not the quickest or most seamless camping solution, and you can expect some serious bulk carrying it around. Whatever technically, its a workout, and you can reward yourself with a smore or three afterward by the campfire once everythings set up.
With enough sleeping room for a gob-smacking 10 folks, this tent is as rugged and useful as it looks. It holds up wonderfully in rain, and it gives you the ability to create separate rooms if you could use some privacy. Its simply huge, and it's easy to set-up and pack down. For a big family trip, its a no-brainer.
Pros:Two removable room dividers can create three separate rooms in the tent, giving you at least a little privacy, plus a center door and two separate side doors create some extra separation should you need it. Six windows provide solid ventilation and panoramic views, and the tents taped fly seams make it water resistant.
Cons:At around 30 pounds, we wouldnt exactly call this tent light. Plus, due to state restrictions, its not available for sale in California. If you live in California, congratulations, you have some of the best wilderness areas in the country but youre out of luck here.
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