Best Tents for Large Families in 2020

Camping is a fun way to get out of the house and explore. Sleeping in a tent can make an ordinary night extraordinary. If you don’t find the right one, however, the fun can quickly diminish. Not having enough room in your tent is a quick way to ruin the fun, so we searched to find the best tents for large families.

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Need to know info about Tents for large families

First off, when we say “large family tents”, we don’t just mean parents and kids. These tents can also be for you and your dogs, your friends or in-laws you don’t want in your house.


Kind of.

Secondly, a 3-season tent is for general weather conditions. 4-season tents are built for extreme weather conditions and offer additional insulation and stronger materials. Most family tents are 3-season.

Tent Materials

  • Cotton
    • expensive but allows for good ventilation and insulation
    • can leak in not “weathered” (left in the rain a time of two so the materials can swell and nestle together
  • PVC-coated canvas or acrylic
    • heavy
    • strong and weatherproof
  • Polycotton canvas
    • cotton blended with polyester
    • can be treated to become waterproof
  • Polyester
    • does not get baggy when wet
    • can be hard to ventilate in warm climates
  • Nylon
    • needs sunlight protection to maintain long-term durability (can be coated for this protection)
    • extremely lightweight

Tent pieces and parts

Bathtub floor- a type of tent flooring that is flat but extends up the sides of the tent for several inches

Rain fly- layer of waterproof material that is placed over the tent itself

Stakes/Pegs- spike, usually made of metal, that are driven into the ground to keep tent secure

Tent divider- removable “walls” that can be put up to room off your tent

Tent poles- the “skeleton” of the tent, usually made of metal, that provide structure to the tent

Vestibule- covered porch area, can vary in size

If you’re curious about the different types of tents, you can read more about that here.

Best of the Best Large Tents

CORE 9 person extended dome tent


  • Sleeps 9
  • Center height 72 inches
  • Best budget family tent


  • 3-season tent
  • Complaints of faulty seams
CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent Review

8 Person instant hexagon tent with built in lights


  • Large tent with built in LED lights with low, medium and high settings
  • 2 doors for easy access along with 6 windows
  • Easy set-up


  • 3-season tent
  • 30+ lb
Ozark Trail 10 Person Instant Cabin Tent with LED Lights

Tahoe Gear 10-person Tent


  • 84 inch center height
  • UV resistant
  • Easy set-up and take down


Ozark Trail 10 person 3 room cabin tent

Eureka Copper canyon 12 person tent


  • Door at front as well as in rear
  • 7 ft tall, 14ft x 12ft interior floor
  • Comes with room divider


  • 3-season tent
  • Recommended at least 2 people for set up
  • Expensive
Eureka! Copper Canyon LX 8 Product Tour

Ozark Trail 11-person instant tent


  • Large camping tent with option to divide into 3 rooms
  • Has an awning
  • 14 ft x 14 ft


  • 3-season tent
  • 39 lbs
  • Probably will not fit 11 people comfortably
Ozark Trail 10 Person Instant Tent Review

NTK Arizona 9 person tent


  • 2 doors, 2 rooms
  • 6+ ft height
  • 1 person set-up
  • Outstanding ventilation


  • Expensive
  • 26 lbs
NTK Arizona 9/10 Tent

Coleman prairie breeze 9 person tent


  • Built in LED light and fan systems with illuminated wall switch
  • Oversized windows
  • 14 ft x 10 ft interior floor space


  • 36 lbs
  • 30 minute set up with one person, 10 minute set up with 2 people
  • 3 season tent
Coleman Prairie Breeze comprehensive review by a festival camper

mountain trails grand pass 10 person tent


  • 18ft x 10ft floor space
  • 6.3ft height
  • Easy set up


  • Does not come with carrying bag
Mountain Trails Grand Pass 2 Room Family Dome Tent Review

fortunershop 14 Person Camping tent


  • Center height 78 inches
  • Large camping tent with dividers for possible 1, 2, 3 or 4 rooms
  • 4 doors, 12 windows
  • Each room fits a queen air mattress
  • Unique tent design


  • Expensive
  • Weighs approximately 60 lbs
TENT Fortunershop Family Cabin Tent 14 Person Base Camp 4 Rooms Hiking Camping Shelter Outdoor

And there you have it. Some of the best tents of 2020 for big families (or in-laws).

Do you have a big tent that you just love? Let us know about it in the comments!

best tents for families in 2020

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