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“A Unique Ballooning Experience”

Lake Tahoe Balloons
Ranked #5 of 28 Tours in South Lake Tahoe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Lake Tahoe Balloons proudly presents one of the most beautiful and unique hot air balloon adventures in the world. Inflate, launch and land on the world's only U.S.C.G. certified aircraft carrier vessel for hot air balloons. We operate seven days a week May through October, weather permitting. All flights occur during the early morning hours when the winds are light and the air is cool and stable. Your flight includes breakfast snacks, boat cruise, approximately a one hour flight and a traditional post-flight champagne toast. Advance reservations are required. Lake Tahoe Balloons is the only balloon ride operation in the world to inflate, launch, land and deflate on a boat. Our staff is expertly trained to assure your safety, comfort and enjoyment. Lake Tahoe Balloons is proud of it's impeccable safety record and customer satisfaction. Our success at Lake Tahoe Balloons is rooted in our commitment to customer service, safety and quality. We love what we do and look forward to sharing this world class ballooning adventure with Lake Tahoe visitors and locals alike.
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Toronto, ON
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A Unique Ballooning Experience”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

This was a wonderful hot air ballooning experience for us. The balloon is launched and lands on a barge in the middle of Lake Tahoe, which is unique in itself. It was facinating to watch the captain and crew inflate and deflate the balloon on the barge. We had so many people that they did two flights so it was great to watch how they coordinated the take-off and landing with the first flight and then to go up and experience it ourselves. The crew provided a great continental breakfast with hot coffee which we enjoyed while awaiting our flight. The flight was expertly done and the pilot handed the balloon professionally and manovered it easily. The scenery of Lake Tahoe was beautiful and worth seeing it from the air. The crew was friendly, courteous and humorously interacted with us. It was a lot of fun and well worth the adventure.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank TimandCarol
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San Diego, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fun Hot air balloon ride in south lake tahoe”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

My husband and I went to lake tahoe in october for our anniversary. We enjoyed a hot air balloon ride. Both of us are not that social, but the experience was wonderful! the crew was very reassuring for those of us who had any worries about the ride. It was exciting and fun, the views were breath taking. The crew and pilot were very fun and exciting. I was very happy with the experience.

Visited October 2012
Thank jbgordon5050
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Napa, California
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beyond Incredible”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

Hot air ballooning over Lake Tahoe was simply the most incredible experience. It's almost too amazing to describe. So, I'll comment on the professionalism of the crew and service. Continental breakfast and hot coffee amongst new friends was a great way to start the (early) morning. The crew kept us all posted on weather conditions and how they would determine our ballooning experience. After setting sail, we got to watch the crew prepare and inflate the balloon. Once we were in the air for about an hour, we touched back down on the barge and handed cameras to the crew so they could take photos of us as we headed back up. They truly thought of everything. I can't recommend this experience enough.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank mikew71772
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Turlock, California, United States
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We loved our balloon ride. The crew were amazing and fun. A hot air balloon ride was my only requirement on our honeymoon. And WOW this was worth it. It waw fun to go out on a boat to get on the balloon. The ship Captian, Harley, had great ideas on where to eat... in fact the whole crew was helpful. My newly wed Hubby thought it was a blast. I can not recommend enough thi enough.....PLEASE GO...I would absolutely go again.

Visited September 2012
Thank Angie M
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Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2012

This is worth every penney! Once in a lifetime experience with a professional, courteous, and friendly crew. This tour gave me such an appreciation for ballooning and the work that is involved in one flight. Thanks for such a great experience that was exhilirating as well as informative!

Visited September 2012
1 Thank Mary P
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