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Southern Tier Balloon Tours

Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY 14850
+1 607-222-7620
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Thank you Dar and crew

It was my boyfriend's 50th birthday and I wanted to give him a gift he'll never forget. Dar, the... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
SKopp64
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Liverpool, New York
Balloon Tour! Ithaca

Great experience! Although we are both affraid of heights the experience was amazing! Pilot made us... read more

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Reviewed 5 days ago
mdwoollen
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Somerdale, New Jersey
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Offering daily hot air balloon rides in the Ithaca, NY region of Tompkins county, Southern Tier Balloon Tours is the perfect way to see the entire finger lakes region of Ithaca, NY from the air. Flights are 45-70 minutes in duration with the whole experience being around 3 hrs from start to finish and conclude with a celebratory Champagne toast for all guests.
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Stewart Park, Ithaca, NY 14850
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+1 607-222-7620
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was my boyfriend's 50th birthday and I wanted to give him a gift he'll never forget. Dar, the ground crew, the other people that flew with us and Butterball the Hot Air Balloon - was just that. We were amazed and in awe of...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great experience! Although we are both affraid of heights the experience was amazing! Pilot made us feel safe and comfortable the entire time! Dar is the best! Matt and Danielle from NJ!!

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STBalloon, Manager at Southern Tier Balloon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks Matt and Danielle! Ballooning is great because even if you have a fear of heights you dont get that sensation in a balloon. Looking forward to flying everyone again, let us know if you're at NJ Balloon Fest!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful experience! Dar and Chaz were very friendly and knowledgeable and helpful. We felt safe the whole time. They knew what they were doing. It was our first experience with hot air ballooning. It was great fun and the view was fabulous....More

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STBalloon, Manager at Southern Tier Balloon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Safety is always our top priority! Thank you for the review, we're looking forward to flying everyone again.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Flew with Dar last night out of Ithaca. Launched from above Ithaca College, flew over downtown Ithaca, along Cayuga Lake and landed near the airport. The views are fantastic. Dar is an exceptional pilot and a fun person to fly with. He points out various...More

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STBalloon, Manager at Southern Tier Balloon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

It was a pleasure to have you on board Dave! The views over the Ithaca region certainly are beautiful and we're very forturnate to have such a great flying area near Cayuga Lake. Looking forward to flying you again!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I surprised my wife with a hot air balloon ride. It was awesome the crew and captain were great and I would highly recommend it.

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STBalloon, Manager at Southern Tier Balloon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Our crew certainly kicks butt! They make the pilots job look easy. Thanks for flying with us!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As I already wrote on TheHappyTalent, I've been going to Ithaca, NY (and Upstate New York in general) at least once a year my whole life, and this has been my favorite family experience by far -- though it would have also made a great...More

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STBalloon, Manager at Southern Tier Balloon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the great review! You summed up the ballooning experience perfectly! Looking forward to you joining us again.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed an evening flight with my daughter in mid-June (delayed Mother’s Day gift). I enjoyed the opportunity to assist in preparing the balloon for flight (along with another individual, held it open in order for it to fill with air from high powered fan). The...More

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STBalloon, Manager at Southern Tier Balloon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Touching the tops of trees or "tree topping" is some of favorite flying! We're so glad we could share it with you. Looking forward to the next adventure!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What impressed my husband and I the most (considering this was our first venture in a hot air balloon) was the tranquility of ballooning versus flying in a small plane. What was also impressive was how well "Dar" (the owner), fully explained ahead of time...More

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STBalloon, Manager at Southern Tier Balloon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for flying with us! Ballooning is certainly a very tranquil experience, Its extremely peacefully and relaxing from start to finish.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Awesome pilot, staff & ride! My family camped at the Taughannock Falls State Park & ended our vacation trip with the fantastic flight with Southern Tier Balloon Tours! Would definitely ride again!

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STBalloon, Manager at Southern Tier Balloon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for the great review Rodney! Your family was a joy to fly!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I got my husband this balloon trip for Christmas, knowing that I was afraid of heights but wanting to have an experience to help me overcome that. It was terrific! I was definitely terrified for the first 5 minutes but then the pilot helped ease...More

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STBalloon, Manager at Southern Tier Balloon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We always say that your sensation of height is voided out in a balloon since there is no sense of motion. So glad you could join us and looking forward to flying you and your husband again!

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JIANGBO Z
June 26, 2018|
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Response from heathermartin69 | Reviewed this property |
You will get info prior to your flight of exactly what time and where to meet the crew.
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JIE G
September 20, 2016|
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Response from STBalloon | Property representative |
Earlier the better as foliage is the busiest flying season.
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Brockcv
September 6, 2016|
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Response from STBalloon | Property representative |
We fly year round as long as the weather is good and rates are $230/person for a shared flight.
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