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Black Hills Balloons

Custer, SD, USA
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About Black Hills Balloons
We're celebrating 35 years of flying! Black Hills Balloons flies the southern Black Hills, Custer Valley and world-renowned Custer State Park. The heart of our flying area is just miles from Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse & Wind Cave National Park. Your flight over mountains, valleys, lakes & prairies, is one of the best ways to view the Black Hills; home to elk, antelope, deer & buffalo. The beautiful Black Hills is the only place in the world where you can witness such historic, wild landscape & abundant wildlife from a hot air balloon. Flights take place daily at sunrise, weather permitting. Guests can expect an hour flight over the historic & beautiful Black Hills. Celebratory champagne, light snacks & a souvenir flight certificate is included. Established in 1984 (that's 35 years!), Black Hills Balloons has received a TripAdvisor Cert of Excellence multiple years in a row. We take pride in creating the best experience for our passengers and sharing the beauty of the Black Hills.
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Easily book this Black Hills hot air balloon ride ahead of time and avoid the stress of trying to get a last-minute, sunrise ride while in South Dakota. Fly above the black hills for stunning 360-degree views from up above. This hot air balloon tour also comes with a glass of Champagne, a souvenir flight certificate, and a postcard.
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lizzyndan wrote a review Sep 19
24 contributions6 helpful votes
Being later in the season we didn't have to meet quite so early (our meet time was 6:30am) but was so worth it. The pilots and crew were very professional and I always felt that safety came first, even if weather dictated we couldn't go as high or as far as I would've liked. Still an amazing experience I would recommend to anyone. The basket was smaller than I imagined so it is a tight squeeze. I thought it might be colder up there but the fire above your head keeps you toasty. I sometimes have issues with heights so I was a little nervous how it would affect me, but there was never a moment of panic. A very peaceful ride!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from KeelyAMahony, Owner at Black Hills Balloons
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for your review! We so appreciate it.
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Mark E wrote a review Aug 2020
Indianapolis, Indiana10 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I had our first balloon ride with this company and had a great time. The ride was great, the scenery was beautiful and the pilot and crew were great. If you are in the Black Hills you have to try to book a ride with these guys. You will not regret it!
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Response from KeelyAMahony, Owner at Black Hills Balloons
Responded Aug 13, 2020
Thank you for your review! We're so pleased you enjoyed it.
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Robert Myott wrote a review Aug 2020
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Booking the flight was easy, communication from the company was as simple as an email to let me know the flight was still on. Once we arrived in the morning we were met with a hello from Damien, and we took off. This flight was a bucket list item, and my wife and daughter absolutely loved the experience. The weather was great, the views were spectacular, and the pilot was great. The crew was hard working, and they were all very friendly and seemed quite happy to be assisting in all facets. After the flight landed, a wonderful toast was had with mimosas, muffins, cheese and crackers. It was great to learn a little history about ballooning, and I would recommend this experience to anyone. At the end of our South Dakota trip, I asked my six year-old daughter what her favorite part of the trip was and it was the hot air balloon ride. I can see why Damien and Keely love what they do. They share that joy and passion with their customers. If I could leave one recommendation for Black Hills Balloons, I would ask them to add to their site that when booking you will most likely be flying with other passengers not in your party. This certainly makes sense to me and it was great to meet new people, but I'm sure others may not be aware. My family will certainly be flying with Black Hills Balloons again and I will recommend them to my other family who frequent the Black Hills annually.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from KeelyAMahony, Owner at Black Hills Balloons
Responded Aug 13, 2020
Ah, you are so kind! Thank you for your thoughtful review. We so appreciate your thoughts and we're so pleased you enjoyed it. We hope to fly you again.
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Janetrn_78 wrote a review Aug 2020
Madison, Nebraska80 contributions16 helpful votes
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I booked this ride for our 40th wedding anniversary as a surprise for my husband. What were blessed with a beautiful morning and didn’t mind the early hour at all for that reason! The owners/pilots were thoughtful of Covid considerations. They explained the process for flying and we enjoyed the humor they interjected into it! I really appreciated their constant monitoring of a cloud passing north to insure our safety. The flight was simply beautiful over the pines, wildlife, fields, and we even caught a glimpse of crazy horse in the distance. The entire staff was simply the best. Landing was smooth and the champagne toast/crackers and cheese/muffins each in our own dishes not passed among us was wonderful in the early morning in a pasture. There is nothing we didn’t like! Thank you Damien, Keeley, and crew!
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Responded Aug 13, 2020
Thank you for your thoughtful review! We're so glad you enjoyed the experience!
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Richele T wrote a review Aug 2020
Columbia, South Carolina8 contributions11 helpful votes
We had the best time. Worth it for the experience. Beautiful scenery. Wonderful. Took our twelve year old and everyone enjoyed. Very safe COVID Precautions.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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