The 7 Best Baby Beach Tents of 2020

Stash gear and avoid the sun

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Pacific Breeze Easy Set Up Tent at Amazon

"For anyone who has struggled with tent stakes, poles, and wind on a beach day, this tent will make setup a breeze."

Best for Babies: Aiernuo Large Baby Beach Tent at Amazon

"Best for smaller babies who are not mobile, this tent provides much-needed safety away from the sun, sand, and bugs."

Best for Toddlers: Schylling UV Play Shade at Amazon

"With SPF 50+ sun protection, this tent is a beach essential for families with small kids on the move."

Best for Windy Day: Sport Brella Vented Umbrella at Amazon

"This rugged and durable canopy umbrella is perfect for shade protection and durable enough to shield from wind."

Best for the Whole Family: E-Z UP Sierra II at Amazon

"If you are heading to the beach with a big crew, this 10' x 10' canopy is your best bet."

Best Lightweight Canopy: Neso Tents Beach Tent at Amazon

"This tent is super portable and packable, and can easily fit right into your suitcase."

Best Play Tent: Monobeach Baby Beach Tent at Amazon

"The bottom of the tent is a mini pool, so your baby can splash the day away without the stress of playing in the ocean."

A day at the beach with kids is sure to be hot, sweaty, fun, and a little stressful. If you plan to stay for more than five minutes, want to protect your crew from the sun, and create a home base for your stuff, a beach tent is a smart buy for any family heading to the shore. 

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Pacific Breeze Easy Set Up Tent

For anyone who has struggled with tent stakes, poles, and wind on a beach day, this tent will make all those problems a distant memory. Once it’s out of the bag, the tent literally pops open on its own. You’ll spark some serious tent envy when other beach-goers see just how easy it is to use and set up. 

When not open, the tent only weighs 4.5 pounds, so you’re not adding a heavy load to your beach gear. It opens to a spacious 87 x 47 x 49 inches and includes a carrying bag, stakes, sand pockets, and internal pockets to stash gear, sunscreen, snacks, or anything else.

The fabric is UPF 50+, so it truly helps keep your baby protected from the sun. The tent does not have flaps that fully close, so if you’re looking for more privacy, this might not be the tent for you. 

Best for Babies: Aiernuo Large Baby Beach Tent

Bringing a baby along to the beach requires gear you never knew you needed. Add this baby beach tent to your must-haves to enjoy a less stressful day on the shore. Best for smaller babies who are not mobile, this tent provides much-needed safety away from the sun, sand, and bugs. The netting allows the cool shore breezes to blow while preventing your kid from getting bug bites.

This little tent weighs less than one pound, comes with its own storage bag and two tent stakes, and pops right up. Fully opened, the tent measures 41.34 x 25.59 x 19.69 inches. It doesn’t have any padding, so you may want an extra beach blanket or changing pad to cushion the bottom. 

Best for Toddlers: Schylling UV Play Shade

A toddler at the beach is a whirlwind of activity. This popup tent can provide a much-needed space for your toddler (or two) to play in the shade. It’s big enough to fit a few small kiddos and their toys or provide space for a tired tyke to lay down and rest. If you’re lucky enough to get a tired toddler, the flaps fully close and vents allow for a cross-breeze and airflow so your baby can get a cool nap.

Busy parents rejoice: the tent can be opened one-handed! With SPF 50+ sun protection, this 31 x 51 x 39 inches tent is a beach essential for families with small kids on the move. 

Best for Windy Day: Sport Brella Vented SPF 50+ Sun and Rain Canopy Umbrella

This rugged and durable canopy umbrella provides the best of both worlds. The shade cover and SPF 50+ fabric protect from the sun’s rays, while the tent construction is extremely durable for extra windy days. The steel-reinforced frame is super strong and the umbrella comes with two anchor cords, heavy-duty ground stakes, and pockets to fill with sand or heavy objects, which all help to provide a safe structure in the wind. 

The 7-foot canopy is pretty big, so it’s roomy enough for adults and kids to sit under at lunchtime. At 9 pounds, this tent is heavier than other options. After beach season, the canopy umbrella also works well for camping trips with toddlers, backyard use, a school field day, or wherever you need some shade. Choose from three bright colors: blue, red, or turquoise. 

Best for the Whole Family: E-Z UP Sierra II

You can fit a crowd under this 10 x 10 feet canopy—it provides 64 square feet of shade, but it does weigh 33 pounds and thankfully comes with a roller bag. While it may not be the best bet for a small family, if you are heading to the beach with a big crew or have an easy walk down to the sand, it could prove quite useful.

There are two height options, with the highest clearance up to 6 feet and 3 inches. When summer comes to an end, it’ll double as a useful shade structure at any tailgate, school event, backyard party, or camping trip. It’s so big, even a picnic table will fit under it. 

Best Lightweight Canopy: Neso Tents Beach Tent

Neso Tents canopies are made for an on-the-go family. This 80 x 80 inches canopy provides shade for a family of four. At only 4 pounds, they are super portable and packable, which is a big appeal for a family lugging lots of beach gear. It’s also a great option for when you're traveling with the kids since the tent bag fits right into your suitcase. The setup does take a little getting used to since the tent is anchored with natural elements, not stakes.

While the learning curve may deter some people from trying it, this portable beach tent provides a lot of flexibility. It’s probably best for those with older kids since the setup is a two-person job. Once it’s up, you’ll likely get lots of compliments from other beachgoers—the canopy has stand-out style and comes in 16 different colors.

Best Play Tent: Monobeach Baby Beach Tent

For the right kid, this tent could be a godsend at the beach. Not only does it provide sun protection, but the bottom of the tent is a mini pool. Fill it with a bit of water and your baby can splash the day away without the stress of playing in the ocean, just be sure to always keep an eye on your children by the water. If your tot is fearful of the water, just add some toys and a bit of sand and they’ve got a shady play place for their shovels and buckets.

This tent is recommended for kids 3 and under. It only weighs 1.8 pounds and opens to 31.5 x 47.5 x 27.5 inches. If your tot is likely to stay still and play, this could be the perfect beach tent for your family.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's a mom of a 9-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. She used to live for beach days with her husband, and a good book. Now, anything that buys her and her family more time on the beach is key. A tent is a true lifesaver, providing a space where she can breastfeed, nap, serve lunch, changed diapers, and hide from aggressive seagulls. 

Dwyer Frame is Verywell Family's senior editorial director and has owned our best overall winner for over four years and uses it every summer weekend with her two small children. She has found that it both sets up and folds down easily and has provided ample shelter for her family on hot summer days.

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