We went on a perfect day to ride, it took us 400 ft in the air! The views were amazing, the staff was friendly, we loved it!!!
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Our family took the balloon ride up above the city which provided some stunning views! The operator was even nice enough to let my oldest press the "big red button" to begin our descent back down to the ground! Unforgettable experience! Well worth the price of admission!
The weather was perfect for us just a small breeze. So it really offered us an amazing view. My daughter loved it. The price was average for things to do in the area but if you like being high or photography then you should give it a go.
Our balloon operator was very friendly and was able to give us a lot of details on the balloon. As well as a planned new cable going in for a ride that will be over 1 hour ride and going up to a 1000 feet.
I would certainly do again and I plan on it this fall.
My only gripe on my ride was a woman so scared of heights she just sat down blocking people from being able to walk around. So if your scared of heights do others a favor and don't get on.
Flying in a hot air balloon was on our bucket list. Unfortunately, those trips are expensive and there is a slight risk. So we opted for the safer flight. This is one of three balloons this size, the largest in the world. The others are in Paris, France and Orlando, Florida. We took this flight early in the morning before we went to WonderWorks because it is located right behind WonderWorks. There was a discounted price for going before noon, only $12 per person. During the ascent and descent of 400 feet, the balloonist told us about how the balloon and cables operate and all about the safety systems in place. It is not hot air but helium so it is very safe. The view from 400 feet up was great. I don't like heights but felt safe in the "cage" that we were in. This is a circular standing area that circles the base of the balloon.
I would do this one again, just for the view.
The Hubby is terrified of heights and I am extremely claustrophobic, so I wasn't surprised when he said, "NO" to the balloon ride. To HIS surprise I went anyway! We had been in the Eiffel Tower last year on the second level, only 300 feet, but it sure seemed higher than the balloon. Maybe because it was at night.
There was only a family of four with me plus the operator, who was great. We were up a little longer because we received a big gust of wind right when we started down. But I didn't mind, it is tethered and the cable he said could hold even if it was sawed almost completely in two. Yikes!
You can read my blog post about the ride with my new little friend, Wyatt here --> http://www.hopeinthehealing.com/2014/05/04/things-i-learned-from-wyatt-at-400-ft/
They had to shut it down after my ride because of the win so I made it just in time!
Thank you for your 5-star review! We love your blog as well! What lovely pictures from such a beautiful day! We hope you can come back and see your mountains again with us soon! Maybe your sweetheart will join you now that you have tried it out first!