Foolish Pleasure Hot Air Balloon Rides

Foolish Pleasure Hot Air Balloon Rides

Foolish Pleasure Hot Air Balloon Rides
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Exciting and comfortable hot air balloon rides for 2-6 people featuring picturesque views of the Tucson Mountains and Saguaro National Park, west. Flights include a complimentary deluxe continental brunch with and digital photos of your flight. Foolish Pleasure prides itself as a family owned and operated business. Dan Ewer, certified FAA hot air balloon pilot, is 100% accident free. Lorrie Ewer, an ordained minister, is available per request for marriage ceremonies.
Tucson, Arizona

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2023

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Savannah
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
MUST DO in Tucson! My fiancé and I came into town to visit my sister and her husband for a long weekend, and we needed something new to do. The staff was so friendly and so knowledgeable about their craft. We loved hearing Dans stories during and after the ride. Dan informed us of all of the extra security detail he had added to his balloon to insure safety and comfort to his passengers, something you may not find in other companies. We also love that it was a more personal experience, as other companies have up to ten people in a basket, and we were just with my sister and brother in law. We had amazing views during the ride and Dan was always able to explain what specific things we were flying over. You also need to have Dan tell you about Balloon Competitions at Fiesta in Albuquerque! We were surprised with a brunch afterwards, complete with mimosas and a souvenir cup. The whole crew recited the “Balloonists Blessing” during the brunch, and you could just tell the passion they all have for what they do. The whole crew was so easy to talk to and hang out with, like they were old friends. Not long after we got home, we had an email from Lorrie with a ton of photos from our ride, which we weren’t expecting at all! 100% recommend!
Written February 12, 2021
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Tyler P
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Dan, Lorrie, Julia, Zach, and the rest of the Foolish Pleasure Hot Air Balloon Team made the entire experience one to remember. Very professional, all while being very warm and welcoming. By the end of the experience, we were giving goodbye hugs as if we all have known each other for years. I would definitely recommend this attraction to anyone interested in hot air balloons, or even those wanting to experience Arizona in a different way.

It's also worth mentioning that we ended up filling in for some friends of ours who originally booked the ride. We notified the Foolish Pleasure Team less than 24hrs before the scheduled flight, and they promptly and professionally reacted without skipping a beat.
Written November 7, 2021
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Mark W
Edinburgh, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went on a private balloon ride as a present for my wife's birthday and she (and I) had a wonderful time. Dan, Lorrie, and all the crew couldn't have been nicer and Dan's commentary on the features of the landscape was particularly interesting. It was a glorious morning as we soared over farmland and desert in the direction of the mountains. We saw a group of javelinas and also came close to military personnel practicing their hang-gliding techniques! The picnic brunch afterwards rounded the day off perfectly. Highly recommended.
Written February 25, 2020
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Thanks for flying with us! It was a pleasure to meet the both of you. We are glad we were able to make your experience with us a great one!
Written February 26, 2020
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Rich B
Tucson, AZ27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I called Foolish Pleasure to book a flight for four. We set up a date and the communication thereafter was via email. Simple, convenient and accurate. I then called back and asked if I could add my nephew and niece. They agreed so we now had a party of six. It worked out great! We met Dan & Lorrie as directed and they took us to the launch site. Just before sunrise the balloon was inflated and we climbed into the basket with our pilot (Dan.) Lorrie took a photo of our group and off we went. It was so quiet and smooth I hadn't even realized we were airborne until we were fifty feet off the ground. Beautiful scenery with a brilliant sunrise behind us. Dan answered our questions (in between blasts of his burners) and we got lots of photos from up there. The landing went almost as smoothly as the liftoff with the chase crew ready to grab the basket and bring us to a stop. Nice little brunch with a "champagne" toast in a nearby park to round off our morning adventure. And just now I rcvd an email from Lorrie with about forty pictures she took of us from the ground. What a great reminder of our flight!
Written December 23, 2021
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Marlisse P
Queen Creek, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
We were gifted this ride as a wedding gift and I 10000% recommend to anyone who is looking to go on an amazing, safe, wonderful adventure. The entire crew was amazing start to finish, they knew I was so nervous but spoke to me with very calm words and it was as smooth as it could have gone. So thankful and blessed to have been able to experience this!!! No one better for a balloon ride in Tucson!!!
Written March 27, 2022
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Les J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
To celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary, my wife and I decided to vacation in Arizona to visit our daughter and son-in-law and to do something different this year. I took a balloon ride many years ago and thought it would be the perfect thing to do for this adventure. My wife and daughter had never flown in a balloon before, so it was a little intimidating at first. After reading all the reviews for Dan and his team, I decided to book with Foolish Pleasure. We were not disappointed! Dan is a seasoned professional. He has piloted hot air balloons for many years, been hired professionally by major corporations and has competed successfully in numerous balloon competitions.
The flights start out early. This is to maximize favorable weather conditions and to capture the beautiful views of the wonderful Arizona sunrises. Dan and his team joined us at the meeting place and from there took a short ride to the launch site. Dan is a friendly guy, but I noticed, not very talkative before the flight. I soon realized why. Not because it is so early, but because he was focused entirely on the flight. He and his crew were busy pre-flight checking, double checking and triple checking every component, connector and fastener on the balloon. Every square inch of the balloon itself. Dan was completely "zoned in" on making sure our flight was a safe one.
After the flight, Dan and his crew treated us to a wonderful champagne brunch. This is where we experienced Dan's "other side" as he shared with us, some of the colorful stories and wonderful history of ballooning.
We thoroughly enjoyed our flight experience with Dan and his team! Now that we are retired, we hope to do this more often!
Written March 3, 2024
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Amanda G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This balloon ride was a dream come true! We were picked up early AM in a parking lot, and taken to the launch site. We got to watch the whole set up process which was really neat to see. Setting up the balloon took about 30 minutes, and then launch was pretty quick (when the balloon is ready, you have to get in and go!) A total of 6 people fit in the basket (1 captain, 1 crew, and 4 passengers). Floating was great! I was surprised by how much peace and quiet there is in floating in a hot air balloon. It was absolutely gorgeous and an experience I'll never forget. The pictures we took of the sun rising and shining on the mountains over Saguaro National Park were incredible. Dan was very professional and an excellent captain. He has been doing this for years! We felt very safe. The landing was exciting and fun! We were briefed on how to set our bodies in the basket for landing in case the basket tipped a little. The chase crew met us on the ground in a large open field, and the basket never tipped! We were able to climb out without a problem. We got to watch the whole process of taking the balloon down, which I loved! I was impressed at how quick the crew worked to pack up. Pack up might have taken 20 minutes or so. After the ride, we went to a nice park and were served gourmet crackers cheeses meats fruit chocolate covered strawberries and had a funny presentation on the history of ballooning followed by a champagne toast (juice was available if you prefer). The icing on the cake for us was the great captain, Dan, his wife Laura, and the entire crew. They were good folks that we felt like we could be friends with. The chase crew even took amazing photographs of our flight and emailed them to us. What a great trip!
Written November 14, 2021
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Kathie D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a hot air balloon ride March 12, 2022. It was an experience of a lifetime. Our pilot Dan and the ground crew were friendly, helpful, caring, and so very efficient. We felt safe from the very start.
Yes, you have to be up early and dress warm for the cold Tuscon early morning weather but it is so worth it.
If a hot air balloon ride is on your bucket list, be sure to book with Foolish Pleasure you will not be disappointed.
Thank you Dan, Lorie, Julia and the ground crew for a wonderful experience!!
Written March 15, 2022
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Bob L
Upper Saddle River, NJ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Perfect Valentines Day morning! This was a terrific flight with an expert pilot and amazing views as we floated through the Tucson desert. Personally, we liked the 4-6 person sized basket better than some of the larger 10 person ones at other companies.

Dan, Laurie and crew could not have been nicer and we somehow left after only a couple hours feeling like we had new friends. The morning ends with champagne, a hearty snack and the final few stories of the day. Oh and amazing pictures waiting for us by the time we got home. Can’t recommend Foolish Pleasures enough.
Written February 14, 2020
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We really enjoyed our morning with you all too. Hopefully our paths cross again.
Written February 15, 2020
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David V
Central Arizona, AZ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
Perfect way to start your morning. Celebrated wedding anniversary with my wife and this was perfect. I usually have fear or heights, but it launched and landed so easily that I was at ease all the time. Thank you for the perfect experience.
Written March 17, 2021
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