Best Family Tents for Camping, Hiking, and More
There are tents for all kinds of outings – backpacking, teaching, and winter. You might consider buying a 1 person tent for times you hike or backpack out with friends and prefer to sleep alone. There are tents for sporting events, the beach and your backyard with an open front, an overhead shade, vented windows and walls for privacy. Then again, you might opt for a tent that can fit your entire family when you go camping.
If you buy a tent for camping reasons, make sure to look for weather resistant material with reinforced seams to prevent leaking. I like to make sure that my tents have adequate windows for ventilation and have a fly to go over the top. The ventilation is helpful if you use a lantern or heater in your tent so it can let the fumes out.
Nowadays, tents are made with super-fast setup designs. Most of these come with poles already set up, and inside the tent, so you don’t have to mess with them. The easiest tents come with a bungee that you pull to pop out the tent. There are a few others that require a few connections to be made but can be set up in less than 5 minutes.
We are reviewing tents for every personality type and budget. Take a look below to find your next tent.
Best Tents for Camping Under $50
Best Tent for the Beach
Check out this Lightspeed Quick Cabana tent. This tent is suitable for places with warmer type weather such as your backyard or the beach; I love taking mine to my kid’s soccer games. I love that the poles are built into the tent, so it is super easy to set up. There is a drawstring that simply needs to be pulled to open it up. This tent gives you a three-walled shelter system with a sunshade over the opening. Once folded up and put away, it is very lightweight and easy to carry. We live in a windy area so the sand pockets on the outside are great to keep the tent in place. The “porch” area is roomy enough to accommodate me, my husband and our two kids quite comfortably. There are three windows provided that rolls up as well.
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The Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade is also another favorite of mine. It has two zippered doors for privacy and can be used as a changing room at the beach. The shade floor converts to a wall to give you this privacy. There are 4 hanging pockets inside for small items. This tent has a UV Guard Protection of SPF 50 so while you rest, you can rest assured you won’t get burned. It comes with sandbags for stability, super long stakes, a dry line, a floor mat, and a carry bag for all of it. The center height is a nice 57 inches to give you plenty of room to move around. This tent gets pretty warm, but if you open the back window, the circulation is much better. It does take a couple of people to get set up. Other than set up, I’ve been very impressed with this tent.
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Top Tents Between $50 & $100
Cheap Camping Tent
In this category, I love the Coleman Hooligan 2 Backpacking Tent. This super small tent is perfect for those that like to hike, and camp. It is very easy to carry and super lightweight. It measures 6 x 8 feet and can comfortably hold two people. It features a waterproof floor, protected seams, weather resistant fabric and a strong frame. It is quite easy to set up with just a one pole design in about 10 minutes. It features a mesh inner tent for ventilation and a rainfly to go over the top. There are pockets inside to hold your small necessary items. It weighs no more than 8 pounds to carry. Even though this is perfect for those that like to hike to their camping locations, it is not ideal for backpacking since it takes up a lot of room in a pack.
Best Light Tents for Camping 2017
Best Single Person Camping Tent
Another great tent to consider in this affordable category is the Eureka! Solitaire Tent. As the name describes, this does only sleep one. It is a two hoop bivy style tent with a ventilated mesh roof and full fly for cover. The zippered roof is nice too for star gazing, and easy to get into and out of for that matter. The frame is shock corded for really fast setup. There are three storm guy outs on the fly, two storage pockets for essentials and one flashlight loop. Weighing only 2 pounds 9 ounce, this thing is super light. You should be aware that this tent is non-supporting so your soil must be good to plant the stakes. If you think you will be using this tent in rocky areas, it might not work so well. I used this in a horrible rainstorm that lasted 8 hours; the floor, sides, and top all stayed wonderfully dry.
Best Camping Tents $100 to $200
Large Family Camping Tent
Check out the Coleman 8 Person Instant Tent. My biggest complaint about camping is the time it takes to setup and teardown. You can setup it with in one mint. The pole system comes pre-attached to the tent, requiring you only to extend the poles, click them together and lock them into place. Tents are the worst when it comes to eating into your day. I love how comfortable this instant tent is! It’s a 14 x 10-foot tent that easily sleeps, 8 people. With a center height of 6 feet 5 inches, nearly everyone can stand upright in this tent. It comes with a WeatherTec system that helps keep the tent, and its contents, dry. I love that we can opt to all sleep together in the same room, or use the divider to make a two room tent. This is a great option for families, so mom and dad can have some privacy, or older children don’t have to sleep next to the little ones. Overall, this has been a very durable tent for our family.
Best 3+ Person Camping Tent
Another highly rated tent is the Coleman Red Canyon 8 Person Modified Dome Tent. Measuring 17 by 10 feet, this can sleep 8 people. You have the option to remove the privacy walls or keep them up. If you keep them up, you can separate the tent into three rooms. It is made with weather resistant fabric and protected seems. Setup is quite easy with the shock-corded color code poles. This one does take a few extra minutes compared to some of the others we’ve reviewed, but overall it’s pretty easy to put up versus tents made a couple of decades ago. It has a center height of 72 inches which is more than adequate. I love that it comes with a welcome mat and pockets, so your tent stays clean and clutter free.
Camping Tents $200 & Up
Best Kodiak Camping Tent
My favorite here is the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8 Person Tent. It’s very sturdy and is made with 100% cotton duck canvas that is watertight but breathable. It has two D shaped doors both on the front and back, and has four big windows with no-see-um mesh. It has a very large 6″6″ ceiling height as well. This tent features ventilation and holds the heat inside a lot better. If you want to buy a tent that can last through generations, this is it.
Best Family Camping Tent
Check out the Kelty Parthenon 8 Tent. This is a tent to fit 8 people. It is fairly easy to set up, though takes longer than many others I’ve used. There is a divider inside for privacy and the mesh panels help keep the tent cool in warmer weather. The organizer wall is nice since it has pockets for all kinds of camping essentials like toilet paper and flashlights.
Family Camping Tent Guide
Going outdoors and camping in a American National park is the perfect vacation for the Family to enjoy. A modern family tent is a lot easier to raise than one might think and many of them are pop up tents. You can pitch these family camping tents by yourself, even though they are often pretty big.
There are so many tent sizes and styles (such as bubble tents) that there is no shortage of selection and there should be a family tent with a price tag to fit every family.
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.