S’mores supplies are important, as is not forgetting to pack the bug spray. But it’s the tent that can make or break a family camping trip.
A tent that’s cramped or doesn’t keep out the elements will ruin a vacation in the great outdoors faster than your kid can accumulate mosquito bites (because you forgot to pack the bug spray…again).
Here are the best extra large family camping tents, many of which accommodate eight or more people and all of which will provide you and your family with the space—and in some cases the privacy of separate rooms—required to be together happily while sleeping under the stars.
1. CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent
This extra large family camping tent from Core 9 looks great with its graphite grey and either evocative burnt orange or merlot wine color scheme. It is water-tight thanks to resistant PU coated fabric and taped seams, and comfortably accommodates up to three queen-size air mattresses inside. The maximum height in the center is six feet, meaning most in your family will be able to wander about without acting out a scene from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Other features that make this massive tent a winner include an easily accessible electrical cord port that closes completely when not engaged, lantern hook for easy illumination, and pockets that will hopefully keep your “home, home on the range, Where the deer and the antelope play” at least somewhat organized while camping.
2. Tahoe Gear Ozark 16 Person Family Cabin Tent
Almost more of an entire neighborhood beneath a tent than a regular camping tent, this massive Tahoe Gear cabin provides a 7-foot center height, is easy to assemble, and is the best camping tent for larger families of up to 16 people. Equipped with easy setup poles, stakes, guyline ropes, and a rainfly for unexpected weather, this enormous outdoor living quarters features an airy open screen room and a separate master suite area. There are many windows, floor vents, and an open mesh design helping to deliver much needed air flow day and night. Whether you fill this large camping tent up to the max or live large with just your immediate family, you’ll experience an elevated level of comfort while camping in this extra large tent.
3. NTK Arizona GT Camping Tent
This extra large family camping tent is spacious enough for up to 10 people on a trio of double air beds and two singles, or a total of 10 sleeping bags. A detachable divider allows this tent to become a two-room outdoor palace of sorts with a pair of doors and three windows, ideal for families who love to be together but also need some alone time while traveling, hiking and camping. If a fear of bug bites keeps you and your kids from fully enjoying the great outdoors, you’ll love that this NTK tent has mosquito mesh, a fully breathable Ultra-thin polyester no-see mesh keeping even the smallest insects and mosquitos out. A full coverage rainfly and element barrier bathtub-style tent construction means you won’t experience the dreaded ‘sinking feeling’ in the middle of the night if the skies open up and drench your campsite.
4. Coleman Montana Tent
This extra large one room tent from Coleman is a great choice for casual camping families and scout trips thanks to being easy to transport, assembling in mere minutes without any hassle, and has a 16x7 footprint and 74-inch max height in the center. Reverse angle windows, a port for electrical access, and a clever WeatherTec system that helps keep water out make this extra large Coleman dome camping tent a fine budget option.
5. CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
With a max height in the center of 6.5 feet and its expansive 14×9 dimensions, even your tallest and gangliest tweens and teens will be comfortable in this easy to assemble, cabin style camping tent. You’ll have your two queen-size air mattresses inside in minutes because this wine-colored beauty will be ready to move in in just 60 seconds time, thanks to Core’s Instant Hub Technology. A clever adjustable venting system will make even a heat wave manageable while on your next family camping vacation. Breaking down this CORE tent takes just a minute, too.
6. Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Outdoor Tent
Because it always seems to rain when camping, the WeatherTec system with patented welded floors, angled windows, and inverted seams will keep you dry in this WeatherMaster Tent. It also has a privacy divider so you can create a two-room floor plan for added comfort and privacy. There’s also plenty of storage, with mesh organizing pockets on the walls, and it has a hinged door for easy access. The best part? It’s designed for easy assembly with color coded poles for camping novices!
7. Winterial Teepee Tent
It’s not the largest of extra large camping tents on our list, but this six- to seven-person tent makes an authentic statement on the trail or at the campsite. The classic teepee design is Instagram-ready and trail-ready, too, because it packs into a tight 15-pound sack for easy transportation to the next camp site or music festival. Set up takes a mere five minutes and an included waterproof rain cap for the top of the tent will prevent drips from above while the bottom consists of a waterproof tarp to keep you dry while on the ground sleeping peacefully. The main material is made of 210T Polyester so no moisture will be coming in from the sides during a blustery night beneath the stars.
8. Core 12 Person Extra Large Straight Wall Cabin Tent
This spacious camping tent looks like a normal large tent had an extension built on to it to accommodate an in-law suite! The result is a brilliant waterproof family tent with ground space over 16×10 that is wrapped in mosquito mesh, keeping up to 12 people protected from even the smallest pesky bugs, with mesh on the ceiling for some stellar stargazing from the comfort of your sleeping bag. There’s a clever detachable room divider, a pair of entrances, and a trio of windows. What’s better is this Core Extra Large Tent has full coverage rainfly with CORE H20 Block Technology that keeps everyone dry and a max height inside the dome of 7 feet provides maximum comfort for your tallest family members.
9. Tahoe Gear Prescott 12 Person Family Cabin Tent
This bright and airy, electric-blue camping tent offers a whopping 200 square feet of surface space that sleeps 12 comfortably and has a max peak height of 6-feet, 5-inches. This means even the tallest in the family can walk around this cabin tent at full extension, working out the kinks in their back after another night of camping! The Tahoe Gear Prescott tent is made of durable 190T polyester with 1200mm coating for water and UV-light resistance, keeping your family dry and out of the sun’s harmful rays while relaxing during the day and sleeping peacefully as the campfire flickers on into the night.
10. Dream House Outdoor Waterproof Cotton Canvas Family Camping Tent
If Barbie’s family were to go away for a fab weekend camping adventure, they’d naturally chose this extra large family tent—it is the literal Dream House. The five meter variety of this circus-esque big top tent that can withstand 30 mph winds has a center height of nearly 10 feet and a circumference of 16 feet, making it big enough for a large family (but not quite large enough to perform trapeze tricks or have a gaggle of wild animals inside).
The massive tent has good ventilation, with four vent holes on the top and four rectangle windows, all of which are made of a mesh screen with zipped canvas flaps. The ground floor is a detachable PVC sheet, connected to the upper cover with zippers to keep you dry in your camping dream home. You may get some side-eye from traditionalists at the campsite when you unveil the Dream House, but the doubters will go from horrified to envious faster than an air mattress inflates.
Jeff Bogle lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife, two daughters, and three cats. He is an award-winning photographer and respected travel journalist with bylines on Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, PBS, Esquire and more. Jeff (probably) spends too much time in England watching football and far too many hours plotting his family’s future travel adventures. Find Jeff on his own site, Out With the Kids.
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