Shopping for a new family camping tent? As a general rule, get a tent that will accommodate at least one more person than will be using it. For best weather protection, look for a tent with a full rain fly, a tub floor, sealed seams and good ventilation. The best way to shop for a tent is to go to a sporting goods store and check them out in person. You'll get a better feel for the tent sizes and features. If you prefer to shop online, choose your family size from the list below, and then read reviews and compare prices for family tents from Coleman, Eureka, Kelty, Paha Que', REI, Sierra Designs and The North Face.
For young families consider a 4-person tent. There will be plenty of room for 2 adults plus 1 child. Tents in this category are typically dome tents that are lightweight and easy to set up. If you plan on a larger family, consider starting out with a larger tent (see below).
You've got 2 kids, and they are growing. Consider a 6-person tent for optimum elbow room. This tent will suffice for many years. At least until the kids want a tent of their own. Again, if you plan on a larger family, consider starting out with a larger tent (see below).
You've got 3 or more kids, and you need a family tent with lots of space. You may want to consider a lodge style tent, which is a large square tent that you can stand up in, or you may need a multi-room tent, which would provide extra space and a little privacy.
Cabela's is a well known outdoor gear retailer that has been around since 1961. Cabela's has a wide selection of tents suitable for family camping.
The Coleman Weathermaster 3-Room Tent is a spacious, easy to set up, economical choice for family camping.
The Eureka Equinox 6 is a 3-season family tent that is sturdy in the wind, easy to set up, and offers lots of head room.
The Kelty Grand Canyon is a 3-season family tent that is easy to set up, keeps you dry in a storm, and offers lots of room.
This tent is for those campers who want a heavy duty tent that they can rely on to keep them dry from the rain and stand up in the wind.
The Paha Que' Pamo Valley is a spacious family tent made of quality materials and ready for foul weather.