Balloon Rides

UNTETHERED RIDES (SOLD OUT)

Untethered rides are currently sold out! There is possible ride availability the night before the festival (Friday, October 22, 2021). You can email our balloon meister to request a ride: aboveallballoonrides@gmail.com

 

Hot Air Balloon Rides

So you want to ride in a hot air balloon? You came to the right place! Both tethered and untethered rides will be offered at the festival.

Tethered rides will be reserved in advance via our Balloon Meister’s website. Payment will be due on-site at the festival. Additional rides will be sold on a first come, first serve, basis on the day of the festival, down on the balloon field. Bring $20 CASH and try and get in line early – the rides will sell out!

(SOLD OUT) Untethered rides are 40-60 minutes and are reserved in advance only. Prices are $250/person. You will pay a $25 deposit upon booking, and $225 cash the day of your flight. If you would like to ride in an untethered balloon, you will schedule your flight directly with our balloon meister. You will pay for your ride on-site before you take off. You may be placed on a waiting list for last minute cancellations if rides sell out.

Tethered Balloon Ride Reservation

Tethered rides are sold at the the festival for $20 CASH. A limited number of reservations can be made ahead of time by fill out the reservation form. Payment for reserved tethered rides will be due the day of the festival in cash.

2) Select “Contact” from top of homepage.
3) Fill out Contact Form completely with the subject LOTS TETHER RIDE.
4) For the body of the email, copy and paste, then fill in the blanks:
 
Full Name: ______
Phone #: ________
Party Size: ________ (if greater than 5, please note you will be split up)
Evening: Saturday/Sunday

Hot Air Balloon Ride FAQ

What is the difference between an untethered and tethered ride?

Tethered rides are “tethered” to the ground using ropes. They will fly 30-50 feet above the ground and rides last around 5 minutes. 

Untethered rides are not tethered and fly 1,000 – 3,000 feet in the air, depending on wind and weather. The flights will last between 40-60 minutes. 

How many people can ride in a balloon?

There are weight restriction on each basket. Typically between 3-4 adults can fit in a basket. Sometimes less, sometimes more. When you reserve your ride, parties over 5 people may be split into separate baskets. 

How much does it cost to ride?

Tethered flights are $20/person and are purchased on site.

Untethered rides are $250/person and are purchased in advance. We strongly recommend reserving rides soon, as they will sell out quickly. 

 

What are the age/height restrictions?

There is no minimum age limit, however children who cannot see over the basket (typically 42″) cannot ride. Children cannot be lifted or held in the basket by adults. 

 

How does the weather affect hot air balloon flights?
“All Flights are weather permitting! Weather needed for hot air balloon operations. “Calm winds are generally less that 7-10 mph, and “clear skies” are free of rain or other precipitation within 50 miles. Balloons generally operate at sunrise or 1-2 hours before sunset, this is when the winds are usually calm and most predictable.
Can I choose what time of day I fly?
Unfortunately, no. The timeframe is not negotiable. Sunrise and sunset are at specific times each day, and we must fly within the window of daylight.
 
Tethered Balloon Rides:
Saturday, October 23rd evening – 4 PM (earlier start if weather allows and demand is high)
Sunday, October 24th evening – 4 PM (earlier start if weather allows and demand is high)
 
Untethered Balloon Ride Options:
Friday, October 22nd evening  – 4:30 PM
Saturday, October 23rd morning –  7:30 AM
Saturday, October 23rd evening – 4:30 PM
Sunday, October 24th morning – 7:30 AM

Sunday, October 24th evening – 4:30 PM

Flight times are approximate and could changed based on weather, you will be notified accordingly.

Meeting times for passenger check in will be given once your ride is booked.

What should I wear?
Wear comfortable shoes. We prefer that you wear sneakers or hiking boots. Sandals will not protect your feet. We take off and land in open pastures and areas of un-kept land. This is an outdoor event.
Can I ride if I have underlying health conditions?

This is a rigorous activity and you will enter and exit the balloon basket by climbing over the edge. We are unable to fly passengers who are pregnant or have knee or hip issues that drastically limit mobility. Please let your pilot know of any other serious medical conditions that may affect the flight.

Can I choose which balloon I fly in?

Unfortunately, no. A lot of factors go into planning for a balloon flight. You will be assigned to a balloon based on weight, size in party, and physical limitations. For planning purposes, we need to know the passenger weight if you are over 250 lbs.