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Best Family Tents | Family Camping Tent Guide

Updated on October 6, 2014

Large Tents for Camping

Going outdoors and camping in a American National park is the perfect vacation for the family to enjoy. You can pitch most these by yourself, even though they are often pretty big.

There are so many sizes and styles (such as domes, a-frame, etc) that there is no shortage of selection and there should be something available with a price tag to fit your requirements.

I am highlighting the best family tents that are suitable for easy outdoor activities and camping with the family where space and comfort is the main thing to look for.

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These family tents are either best sellers or have a proven track record with user ratings to show for it.

Coleman tents that are easy to raise

Easy setup tent
Easy setup tent

Another best seller by Coleman this time a 10 x 9 foot 6 person boxtype structure

This is a spacious but lightweight tent which weighs just under 24 pounds!

Single room configuration and six foot inner height make this one perfect for events. While it takes 6 sleepers, 3 - 4 people will have enough space for storing gear.

Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent (14'x10')
Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent (14'x10')

14 x 10 feet family tent which is extremely easy to raise.

150D fabric, 2 doors, 7 windows and 2 room layout. Coleman has made this a durable tent with waterproof walls and welded floor.

 

Coleman 8-9 Person Tents - Top rated family vacation choices

if you are looking for a portable cabin, these Coleman tents offer a boxy shape that provides a lot of space and ample indoor headroom. While these are rated for almost 10 people, that is the available ground sleeping area and I suggest they offer a good level of live-in comfort for a family of 4 - 5 on shorter trips, and 3 - 4 for longer base camp use.

The Instant versions have the poles pre-attached to the structure and raising the tent from start to finish is a matter of minutes. The Coleman Instant tent has a huge amount of positive consumer reviews.

Campground tents with ample room

Eureka Cooper Canyon versions
Eureka Cooper Canyon versions

Eureka has a good variety of shelters for basecamp or active use, but I like the Cooper Canyon series because of its traditional campground shape. I find it easier to furnish and organize the interiors of a large tent with straight angles like these.

Click to view Amazon's listing of all Eureka tents.

Good design makes these tents look smaller than they are but the easily fit 5 - 12 people with great specs like 7-foot headroom, 35 pound weight and triple entry doors. Shown here are the 6 and the 12 person versions. My favorite is the Eureka Canyon 5 person tent with screen sunroom which is perfect for a family of 3-4 with young kids.

If you are 4 or more, with older kids I strongly suggest looking at tents with a rated capacity of double your family membership.

The current bestsellers on amazon feature quite a few tents with lots space at good prices. Coleman has a long history of topping list of most popular tents that offer a good balance between price, usability and quality..

Big Horn cabin tent by Browning


Big Horn by browning - for hunting and leisure

If you want to up the scale a bit Eureka has several nice offers, as does Wenzel and Tahoe gear.

One tent that has risen to attention is the Browning Big Horn seen here which is a big cabin style tent, but manages to weigh in at a modest 30 pounds. The three pole design makes it easy to raise and it offers a good 7 foot 3 inches max height.

Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent - 10 Person
Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent - 10 Person

Not the most sturdy tent but it comes at a very affordable price - perfect if you only make occasional trips to camp sites.

 

Affordable Medium-Sized Tent for Family Camping - A very popular choice!

The Grand Pass is highly rated and offers everything you need for a successful family outdoors trip.

This is a 18 x 10ft tent which the manufacturer has rated for 6-7 people but as with all such indications, this specifies how many you can fit lying down on the floor. Personally, for comfort, I suggest this is a 4 person tent.

The center height is 76 inches which is pretty good for a tent of this size and type. This is a current bestseller.

Wenzel Klondike 8 Person Cabin - Top selling tent with very good reviews

Bringing the family along on a camping trip you will soon learn that you can never get enough room and the bigger the tent the better. This especially applies to storage of gear during nights and rainy days and for that you want a tent with a big awning. The Klondike is a 16 x 11 tent for family camping that is rated for 8 people.

What I like most is that this cabin tent is divided into 2 sections where the first serves as a huge awning for storing gear and lounging.

My recommendation when planning what kind of tents to buy is to divide the rated capacity by half because when a spec says 6, 8 or 10 person it is always how many persons laying down side by side that one can accommodate.

With that in mind, the Wenzel Klondike 8 Person Cabin Dome is a perfect cabin tent for a family of 4. My choice!

My Size Tip

The specs on a tent always says how many it sleeps maximum where all floor space is occupied. This is ok for short camping trips.

For longer duration outings with family or friends, calculate about half the capacity for comfort.

So a 6 person tent would be good for long stays of 3-4 persons.

Wenzel Kodiak Tent - 9 Person
Wenzel Kodiak Tent - 9 Person

14 x 14 footprint and +7 foot inner height

 

Kodiak Double Room

This one is almost like a cabin! The Wenzel Kodiak is a two room dome which sleeps a maximum of 9 people!

If you are 4-5 this cabin has ample space for longer stays in total comfort.

The smart interior design with gear loft and hanging pockets maximizes the usable area.

Best Family Tent with Top Ratings

100% duct canvas fabrics.

Compared to the others, this is a special family tent for several reasons. First of all, it is not a regular, flimsy nylon tent that flaps in the wind - the Kodiak is a canvas tent that offers rugged stability and exceptional ventilating fabrics - 100% cotton duck canvas. if you look at most prospecting, disaster-relief and excursion campsites, you will find that the material of choice is canvas because of the excellent properties it offers.

Kodiak Family Camping Tent

The Kodiak Canvas Deluxe 8-Person Tent is one of the highest rated tents for camping which keeps getting excellent reviews from recent buyers. It is made to act as a mini-cabin and the D-shaped doors at front and back, allow you to easily enter the structure. The image above does not do it justice because this is a spacious 10 x 14 foot structure which has 4 meshed windows and additional frame ventilation.

There is also a smaller 6-person Kodiak Flex Bow available which in my opinion would be a perfect tent for a family of 3. Canvas itself breathes and if you are looking for a tent without condensation problems - this is the one!

Lightspeed Outdoors Ample 6-Person Instant Tent, Gray
Lightspeed Outdoors Ample 6-Person Instant Tent, Gray

Currently one of the the highest rated family tents for sale.

Very lightweight and fast to raise without compromising durability.

 

Lightweight Family Tent by Lightspeed - A family tent for backpacking!

This is arguably one of the best lightweight camping tents on the market and it gets my thumbs-up. This is a light yet wind-resistant tent that is suitable for sporty family camping where portability is a priority. A perfect backpacking tent for park excursions and true hiking with the family or fishing crew.

The Lightspeed Ample is a 6 person tent so it is a bit smaller than the others. I suggest this means it is suitable for a family of max 3-4 persons. The boon is that it is unbelievably light at 13 pounds, and very quick to raise.

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being outdoors and experiencing nature first hand is not for everyone (although I think that if more people gave it a try they would be hooked for life).

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Tahoe Gear 3-Season Portable Cabin - 7 foot inner height

One of the most sought after features in a camping shelter which you are going to use for longer stays is generous inner height. Not many tents offer 7 feet of height so this is certainly one of the reasons the Tahoe Glacier is so popular.

The 3-season Tahoe is a huge cabin-tent with a 20' x 12' footprint and is best suited for the larger family, or the hunting crew. Large dimensions and quality materials equals a total weight of 45 pounds, so this is not the kind of gear you stuff into a backpack and hike with.

What's your gear choice for group trips and excursions?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Getting ready to camp this summer two of three times. *blessed by a squid angel* in hopes that you'll keep adding to this great topic.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love camping. Looking forward to summer and the chance to get out. Great selections here.

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      AngelaKane 5 years ago

      I am looking for a good tent to buy. I have visited other sites, but could not decide which one to purchase. Your suggestions are very helpful, thank you.

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      @AngelaKane: Thanks!

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks! Looking forward to summer season.

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I've never been camping, but your tents look tempting.

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      debate76ster 5 years ago

      I simply love my WeatherMaster. The spec on the instant tent look really good - I wonder how they would hold up in a storm.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Great collection of tents. I love camping... Informative lens.

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      Bill Armstrong 4 years ago from Valencia, California

      Awesome tent collection

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Some really nice tents here. We really need a new one.

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      UKGhostwriter 4 years ago

      Tents are getting like canvas hotels!!

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      gradient 4 years ago

      We have never camped in Canada before! We would love to do some camping this summer of 2012 in Banff, Alberta and in Kelowna, B.C. Thanks for sharing!

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      TheJVilleKid 4 years ago

      I would recommend either separate tents or a large one with dividers if you are camping with the whole family. Great lens!!

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      kindoak 4 years ago

      @TheJVilleKid: I agree!

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      marketinguk lm 4 years ago

      Fantastic resource, well done!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They look quite affordable too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good lens, I have just rated you in the quest session for the outdoor games/sports. Camping with family is the fun. Have fun and cheer~~

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      kindoak 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      StewartClan 4 years ago

      I don't have a tent at the moment but it is something I long to do again. I know my kids would just love it to pieces to camp. Something I must look into. Love the lens, btw!

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      gadgetchecker 4 years ago

      Remember to waterproof your tent and/or awning - even if it's new or hardly used - I've just made a lens on the subject, so may be useful?

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      Im Horse Crazy 4 years ago

      Yes we do & I love when we go camping!

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      I love tenting! Your lens looks so good and well organized...I like it! Thanks for stopping by my page!

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      BelindaBlevins 4 years ago

      I never knew that they made tents that looked like small cabins.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Wow ... tents have come a long way since I was a kid. We loved to sleep in my dad's 4-person military-issue tent. My parents put it up in the backyard every summer. Great job!

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      shauna1934 4 years ago

      I really want that two room family tent! Last time we went camping, my then three year old, said (about the small, musty-smelly, tearing at the top and letting in bugs, old tent, with all six of us packed inside) "stupid tent" we couldn't stop laughing.

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      KandDMarketing 4 years ago

      I've camped with good tents, bad tents, no tents and even a couple of RVs. All in all, I think a good tent provides the best fun, ease of transport and really, the best bang for the buck!

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 4 years ago from Ozun

      omg, so long time since i used to camp, but watching these tents i am almost tempted again...cool lens.

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      espressoman lm 4 years ago

      I love the look of these modern tents. Some of them almost look like little cabins!

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      markkeeler 4 years ago

      I own 2 REI Base Camp tents. The Base Camp 4 and Base Camp 6

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      Infohouse 4 years ago

      Dome tents that have high ceilings are great!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      No, but I want to.

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      markkeeler 4 years ago

      I had to visit this lens again. Your tents are luxurious 5 star suite size tents!

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      DMWaters 4 years ago

      I like your lens and I appreciate your tip about the number of people a tent can really sleep comfortable, especially on long trip.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Coleman rates high with me too. Nice job and good selection of family tents. *blessed

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      These tents will be very useful. Great selection!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      I love camping. Thanks for sharing great advice and product recommendations - very helpful lens!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. We have a tiny tent that's big enough for no more than 2 people. Maybe one day we'll get one of the bigger ones. I really like the spacious tents with 2-3 rooms - they look pretty cool :)

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      I had a tent for 4 people but it's actually cofortable for 2 people - it's so much fun to go out campint and sleep in nature! I just love doing it :)

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      kindoak 4 years ago

      @chi kung: I agree. The specifications on tents these days are based on how many people can sleep on the floor side by side. I also suggest to calculate half the number for any comfort.

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      denman4 4 years ago

      Thank you for visiting and liking my lens entitled "waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage" and for the great info about family tents. I have a Copper Canyon 6-person tent that is very similar to the "Copper Canyon Family Tent" on your lens. I simply love my tent, especially the 7-foot ceiling!

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      Thanks for Squidliking my lens Incredible Edible Flowers Quiz. I really appreciate it.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      There are some very nice selections for families, I need to get one for the daughter and her family, for their visit to our camp in July.

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      orcamom lm 4 years ago

      Good selection here, thanks. Helps to know what is out there these days.

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      LaptopLeader 3 years ago

      A very awesome review of tent selections! Thanks for an informative lens. :)

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      MarthaBuckly 3 years ago

      Really informative article, thanks! I just love sleeping outside during warm summer night :)

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      MoneySaver89 3 years ago

      Great tents for camping! These are much more trendy than the those a few years ago.

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      LUMOSE 3 years ago

      Great lens. I like Outwell tents.

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      SamanthaHaupt 3 years ago

      I like Coleman and Woods tents. They are very high quality! Camping with a group of people is the best, it adds enjoyment to it! Nice lens.

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      kindoak 3 years ago

      @SamanthaHaupt: I agree - nothing beats sharing moments, specially nature experiences.

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      Tarra99 3 years ago

      Were actually in the market for a new family tent. Thanks for the options...

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      I love my family tent. One of the most important things I have found, apart from having a 'living room' for eating when it rains, is the height. I got fed up of our low tent because crawling around is not comfortable especially on long holidays. I'm dreaming of camping across Europe this summer!! Thanks for all the advice. Happy new year.

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      sha-ron 3 years ago

      We used to go tenting and have also been caught without my tent pegs. Although screw drivers help in an emergency, if its not too windy.

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      kindoak 3 years ago

      @Adventuretravels: I totally agree with this - standing height is a must for me too.

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      MissRubyStars 3 years ago

      We used to camp quite often in the past. We have not been in a few years. I think it's time we started again.

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      bugtrap 3 years ago

      Some really good ideas! I'm planning my next trip, not sure if it's time for a new tent, but always good to do some research ;)

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      Leah J. Hileman 2 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I tent camp solo or with a buddy, so the smaller pop-up tents are ideal. Easy to set-up and tear down, even if it's just me doing it.

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      kindoak 2 years ago

      @captainj88: Yep, the Coleman 6 person can be raised by a single person. well, any tent can.. but not without headache :) If you are camping solo and want to travel light, check out my lens about 1-person tents. https://hubpages.com/sports/one-person-tent-2

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      Hal Gall 2 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Been camping twice already this year. It's great to get away from all the electronic pollution in today's modern world.

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      kindoak 2 years ago

      @vineliner57: I agree. Camping does wonders for the body and mind. Urban people take yoga, see shrinks and fret over their looks when spending a couple of days in the wilderness would have provided better way to find inner peace

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      ashleydpenn 2 years ago

      I'm really into camping, but my wife needs some convincing. She's adamant that we have to have a large tent we call all stand up in. I think I will have to share this lens with her. Thanks for the info! :)

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      kindoak 2 years ago

      @ashleydpenn: If it's only you and the wife I would suggest this one: Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent

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      brittabucketlist 2 years ago

      Very nice work! Thank you for sharing this :)

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      brittabucketlist 2 years ago

      Very nice work! Thank you for sharing this :)

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