Catskill Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy a Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight Over the Catskills

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participants Price for 1 Participant
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Catskill Hot Air Balloon Rides (optional):

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$264

Catskill Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy a Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight Over the Catskills

5 stars rating 3 Reviews
participants Price for 1 Participant

Take in bird’s eye views of the beautiful Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley during this picturesque Upstate New York Hot Air Balloon Ride.

The fun begins at sunrise or just a few hours before sunset in either Ghent or Oneonta, NY where you will meet your friendly Pilot and Crew. Here you will help with the inflation of the balloon. Once the balloon's preparation is complete, you and other participants will climb into the basket as the Pilot continues to heat the air inside the balloon until it becomes "lighter than air". As the balloon rises, the balloon will gradually drift along with the wind, over 1,000 feet in the air affording you breath-taking views of the Upstate New York countryside.

Whether you are looking for a unique gift, the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion or have simply always wanted to ride in a balloon, this once in a lifetime experience gift is sure to create lasting memories.

Who Who
The Catskill Hot Air Balloon Ride Xperience Certificate® is for one participant. There will be approximately five additional participants on the flight.

Guests Guests
This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.

LocationLocation
New York, Ghent
New York, Oneonta

When When
The Catskill Balloon Rides are offered seven days a week May thru September, subject to availability. Flights take place at daily at Sunrise and Sunset, times will vary upon the time of year the flight is scheduled.

duration Duration
The Catskill Balloon Rides have a flight time of 45 to 60 minutes and a total duration of approximately 2½ to 3 hours.

Weather Weather
The Catskill Balloon Flights may be rescheduled by the Pilot due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.

What to wear What to wear
Dress comfortably, flat rubber-soled shoes and layers are recommended for this open air adventure.

Additional Information Additional Information
Participation in the Hot Air Balloon Experience is limited to individuals weighing less than 220lbs and less than 6'5" tall. Participants must be able to stand for a minimum of 90 minutes, should be at least 8 years of age and also a minimum of 4' tall.

Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to flight.

Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  XD-506-001

Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy
All changes to reservations for the Catskill Hot Air Balloon Ride Experience require seven (7) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

Price Price: $264


Who Who:
The Catskill Hot Air Balloon Ride Xperience Certificate® is for one participant. There will be approximately five additional participants on the flight.


Guests Guests:
This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.


When When:
The Catskill Balloon Rides are offered seven days a week May thru September, subject to availability. Flights take place at daily at Sunrise and Sunset, times will vary upon the time of year the flight is scheduled.


duration Duration:
The Catskill Balloon Rides have a flight time of 45 to 60 minutes and a total duration of approximately 2½ to 3 hours.


Weather Weather:
The Catskill Balloon Flights may be rescheduled by the Pilot due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.


What to wear What to wear:
Dress comfortably, flat rubber-soled shoes and layers are recommended for this open air adventure.


Additional Information Additional Information:

Participation in the Hot Air Balloon Experience is limited to individuals weighing less than 220lbs and less than 6'5" tall. Participants must be able to stand for a minimum of 90 minutes, should be at least 8 years of age and also a minimum of 4' tall.

Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form prior to flight.


Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  XD-506-001


Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy:

All changes to reservations for the Catskill Hot Air Balloon Ride Experience require seven (7) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


Hot Air Ballon Ride 

5 stars

 I enjoyed helping the piolet set up the ballon and getting it to the upright position. The flight took place in an area that I was familiar with, so it was interesting to get an aerial prospective of it. 

- - Oneonta, NY

Hot Air Ballooning 

5 stars

 I am an experienced writer and can hardly find the words to describe my recent balloon experience. The day was perfect, as were the other participants and pilot. I am acccustomed to taking foliage photographs from ground level. What I saw from the air was more like a piece of modern art with the various colors, shapes, and shadows combining to make a truly magnificent picture. The entire experience from helping to inflate the balloon to the landing on someones front lawn and the excitement that caused to the final champagne toast, this was a perfect experience. I could not thank my daughter and son-in-law enough for this special gift. Keep up the great work. 

- - Catskills

Catskills Hot Air Experience 

5 stars

 The Hot Air Ballooning for Two was SUPERB! The best gift I could have given my Husband. 

- - New York

Question: I was thinking of purchasing a Hot Air Balloon ride for my brother who uses a wheelchair. Is the balloon handicapped accessible?

Answer: Unfortunately you must be able to climb into and out of a 4 foot basket on your own and this experience is not recommended for anyone with physical conditions which are considered unsafe. There is not a lot of room in the basket and you must be able to stand for 60 minutes. You also do not know where you'll land and may need to jump out quickly on hilly or rocky terrain.

Question: I've always wondered how a balloon pilot steers the balloon.

Answer: Actually, very little steering is involved. Pilots use the wind to steer. The wind speed and direction varies at different altitudes, so moving laterally in different directions requires ascending or descending into different wind directions. It's not an exact science, and not even the pilot always knows where you'll end up after an hour in the air. Hot air ballooning isn't about where you end up, it's about the journey you take to get there.

Question: I live in upstate New York and bought 2 certificates for my girlfriend to ride in the Hot Air Balloon in the Catskills. I'd like to use the opportunity to propose to her. Will I be able to speak to the pilot before the flight and ask him to fly over a "Will You Marry Me?" sign?

Answer: Unfortunately the pilot cannot pick his route before the flight because he basically has to go where the wind takes him. The pilot will not no where he is going to land until after you are in the air. This is why the pilot will has multiple landing locations and is followed by a chase van that he communicates with via radio to let them know where to pick you up to bring you back to your launch site.

Question: I'm am booked for a sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride in March. I tend to get cold pretty easily. What temperatures should I expect? What should I wear and can I bring a backpack with extra clothes during the ride?

Answer: Actually the temperatures do not fluctuate that much and if you're comfortable on the ground when you launch you'll be comfortable in the air. So just dress in layers as you would for an outside activity in March. The balloon is pushed by the wind, which is usually pretty light in the morning, so there is almost no wind chill. Because of space restrictions you are not allowed to bring a backpack, but as the day warms up you are more likely to shed layers than are to need more.

Question: I noticed that sunrise and sunset flights are the only time available for the Hot Air Balloon Rides in Upstate New York. Do they ever offer midday flights?

Answer: Unfortunately no. Dusk and dawn are really the only times the weather is conducive for flying a balloon. Hot Air Balloons completely rely on wind for lateral movement. The heat of the daytime causes unstable thermal winds that can be unsafe so sunrise and sunset are the only times offered.