Looking for a tent that provides enough space for the whole family for the best family camping experience?
Well, you’re in luck. Here you have our list of the best extra large family tents for camping. All family tents in this review include features that are ideal for large-family camping trips, whatever the season.
Please note that while there are many big family tents, not all of them are up to scratch. This review is designed to highlight the top largest family camping tents.
Without further ado, let’s dive in!
The Best Extra Large Family Camping Tents
- Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Outdoor Tent
- Bushnell Shield Series 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent 18 x 11
- Wenzel 8 Person Klondike TentVango Odyssey 800 Tent
- Ozark Trail 12-Person Base Camp Tent with Light
Our first tent is the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, a large tent with enough interior space for up to three queen air beds or 10 sleeping bags. It also has a tall 6’8″ center height for plenty of headroom, even for taller campers.
Coleman’s WeatherTec system is a core feature of this tent. It includes a polyethylene bathtub-style welded floor and water-resistant inverted seams so the tent has the durability to stand up to harsh weather conditions.
Another great feature is the removable room divider that allows you to separate the inside of the tent into two separate rooms. You can use it to make two separate sleeping areas when you have a crowd or to designate separate sleeping and living areas when you have a smaller group.
An e-port allows for electrical cord access while the Variflo adjustable ventilation system provides ample air flow. The tent allows for easy setup in just 20 minutes and comes with a 1-year warranty.
For more info, check out our review of the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent. The Coleman WeatherMaster is also available as a 6 person tent.
2. Bushnell Shield Series 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent
The Bushnell Shield Series 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent is a cabin style tent with a mesh roof, 8 large mesh windows, and a vestibule over the front door that provides a bit of additional storage space for gear.
This Bushnell Shield Series is an extra large 12-person tent. Measuring 18 x 11, this is the largest tent from the Bushnell Shield Series. This family cabin tent covers a total area of 198 square feet, meaning this tent more than deserves its place in this review. Nearly vertical walls make the most of the floor space.
The tent features 3 rooms with a solid steel frame. As an instant family tent, the Shield can be erected in just one minute – making it perfect for those who hate setting up and packing away. The poles are pre-attached to the tent, so just pull it out of the expandable carry bag, then pop up the legs for virtually instant setup. Take down is just as fast.
The two A/C ground vents are great for those using camping air conditioners, but they help with air flow even without one. The large windows provide additional ventilation, even with the rainfly on the tent.
This tent is also available in 6-person and 9-person versions. For more tents that are quick to assemble, be sure to view our top instant tents and top inflatable tents for additional recommendations.
3. Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent
The Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent is a two-room tent with a front screen room.
It fits up to five people in the main room of the tent. However, the screen room has zip up walls to provide privacy so it can be used as an additional sleeping area. Wenzel says you can fit up to three additional people in the screen room, but we’d probably stick to just one or two. Each room can fit a single queen size air mattress.
When you have smaller groups, you can use it as a living space or for gear storage. Doors can be secured open for easy access in and out. Using with the rainfly provides a covered roof for both the main room and screen room, so the screen room acts like an awning.
This 8-person tent has roof and floor vents for high and low air circulation. Large windows provide additional airflow. The polyester fabric has a weather resistant polyurethane coating and the rainfly has sealed seams, so the interior stays nice and dry.
4. Ozark Trail 12-Person Base Camp Tent with Light
Last up is the Ozark Trail 12-Person Base Camp Tent with Light.
This freestanding dome tent is able to fit three queen size air mattresses or 12 sleeping bags, so it’s great for large groups. The built-in light system easily illuminates the interior of the tent, while the removable gear loft with storage pockets and various mesh pockets on the wall provide convenient storage for small items.
With a total area of 201 square feet, this is one of the largest family tents in the review. But that’s not all: this Ozark Trail is also one of the tallest with a 92 inch peak height.
Unlike some other tents, this tent has a single layer design with poles fitted on the outside of the material. These 10 fiberglass poles are structured in a way that allows for increased sturdiness.
The large 12-person tent has 2 doors and 8 windows – all of which have mesh and zippered panels.
The Ozark Trail 20′ x 10′ Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent is another 12 person tent from Ozark Trail that you could also consider. It’s especially great for families with young kids or just those who don’t want to be woken early. It features Dark Rest Technology, which blocks out sunlight and heat to keep the interior of the tent dark and comparatively cool, even on hot, sunny days.
Final Thoughts on the Best Extra Large Family Camping Tents
There you have it, our picks for the best tents for family camping.
Obviously at these sizes, none of these are backpacking tents, but they’re great for car camping. They’re also all three season tents.
For winter camping, check out the Best Cold Weather Tents for some great cold weather options, like the TETON Sports Sierra 16 Person Camping Tent and the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe, a great 8-person family tent made of cotton canvas.
It’s also worth remembering that the number of people given by the manufacturer are usually higher than the number of people you’d actually want in the tent. Their estimates are for the number of people that could be fit in the tent without gear or space to walk while everyone’s laying down, and assuming everyone’s comfortable sleeping almost on top of one another.
For 6 to 8 person tents, subtract two for a more reasonable capacity. For 10+ person tents, subtract at least three. In other words, an eight person tent is really best for about 6 people at most, while a 12 person is probably going to be comfortable for 9 people tops.