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Galena On The Fly

Galena, IL, USA
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About Galena On The Fly
Prepare to lift off in one of the most massive hot air balloons in the country. Drift above the rolling landscapes of Jo Daviess County and the historic Galena countryside while taking in views of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin from your 3,000-foot-high perch. Most passengers don't realize how peaceful and majestic a hot air balloon flight can be. Because the balloon travels with the wind, gliding through the air at various elevations, the only time you feel the breeze is when changing altitude or wind speeds. ​ At times, you may skirt through the trees, soar to several thousand feet, and even skim the gondola in Lake Galena. All of these are common occurrences and part of the full ballooning experience.
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Michael Da Pisa wrote a review Jul 2022
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Amazing view from a hot air balloon! Our pilot Andy and his crew were friendly, informative and true professionals. ,
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Annette P wrote a review Aug 2021
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Amazing experience . Andy and his crew are professional and very personable. It exceeded my expectations! We will do it again !
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Kim M wrote a review Jul 2021
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I just had my first hot air balloon ride experience with Galena On The Fly and it was simply amazing and breathtaking!! A hot air balloon ride was something that interested me, although apprehensive, after hearing family and friends sharing how wonderful of an experience it is, I decided to book a flight for my husband and I’s 20th wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, but understandably, the flight was cancelled by the company due to dangerous weather conditions. I appreciate that safety was a priority for them. Andy was very accommodating in helping us reschedule. The preflight and preparations grew anticipation for the flight. Boarding the basket was easy and take off was seamless. It was an exhilarating experience as we gained altitude and looked out over beautiful Galena and far out in the distance at surrounding communities and places. Andy was an excellent pilot and felt comfortable in his care as he navigated the balloon between different altitudes and shared points of interest and answered our questions. It was so peaceful taking in all that the experience had to offer and loved every minute of it! Our landing was perfect in every way. Andy shared with us the plan for landing as he scoped it out and communicated to his chase crew. You could tell Andy was a very experienced pilot as he carefully navigated over a power line and settled the basket gently and precisely in a patch of the field between a creek and a fence. We were amazed at how smooth the landing was as it glided to the ground to the desired spot. It was an amazing experience that I’m so happy we did it and I can’t wait to do it again!! Thank you Galena On The Fly!!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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william m wrote a review Jul 2021
Pecatonica, Illinois1159 contributions301 helpful votes
We had given our granddaughter, daughter, and my husband and I the gift of a hot air balloon on our birthday last year during COVID. When summer rolled around this year, we booked with Andy, and the four of us drove to Galena for the evening balloon ride. We got there early to see the balloon being prepared, and enjoyed the anticipation. Weather was perfect----four mile an hour wind. We dipped down to the lake and flew up to a mile high. This experience was made even better by Andy, from Galena on the Fly. He willingly answered our questions about the flight, and gave excellent commentary when asked. We were delighted with the whole experience, and happy that we got to do something we had been dreaming about for a year. By the way, our landing was practiced, and was extremely smooth. Kudos to Galena on the Fly all the way around. Yes, it's pricey, but when you think of the balloon itself, the vans to chase the balloon, and the extra help, I do not feel that it is unreasonable.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Sara F wrote a review Jul 2021
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Galena On The Fly has been on my bucket list and I finally was able to do it. It was an awesome experience with beautiful views. I would highly recommend this experience to everyone! Our pilot, Andy, was great and everything was well organized. It was smooth going up and our landing was just as smooth. This is an experience that I will definitely do again with family and friends.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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