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“Great ride wish it would have lasted longer”

Santa Fe Balloon Company
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Roanoke, Virginia, United States
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182 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great ride wish it would have lasted longer”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

We flew in the balloon over the New Mexico countryside. It was a very calm day and although we had a fairly long ride it could have gone on much longer as far as I was concerned. It was beautiful and serene. The calm of the early morning was only broke by the rush of gas into the burner heating the air in the balloon. It is a great experience, never scary. Johnny is such a gracious host and a real pleasure to spend time with. The time on the ground was almost as good as the time in the air while visiting with Johnny and the crew. Early morning flight got us back by mid morning so that we could go to Santa Fe and a national park that day. I highly recommend this company and this pilot. You only live once and this should be on your bucket list.

Visited September 2012
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New York City, New York
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33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

Wonderful experience! A must do in Santa Fe, great service and A-MA-ZING views! Johnny and his crew takes very good care of you, starting with hotel pickup to the site. Very safe and gentle, not scary at all!

Visited August 2012
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New York City, New York
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“SUPER fun”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Johnny, Jeanne, Robert and the rest of the crew were just fabulous. Super friendly. With Johnny's 40+ yrs of flying experience, I had no worries with my life in his hands. I would recommend EVERYONE to go. The views were just breath-taking, especially one who's from the concrete jungle of NYC. Forget Albuquerque and go find Johnny and his crew!

Visited August 2012
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Naperville
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great morning!”
Reviewed August 22, 2012 via mobile

Johnny, Jeanne, and Robert were wonderful as pilot and crew! Picked us up at 445am and drove out to our ballooning site. The drive there was filled with stories about Johnny, past flights, and people. The winds were quiet and we went up about 1200 feet and saw beautiful views. My daughter even piloted for a bit. We got some attention from the people on the highway below (waves and honks) before our smooth landing. Enjoyed champagne and snacks afterward including "Texas sushi". A great time!

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

My husband had never wanted to go up in a balloon. I had flirted with the idea, but wasn't sure. But when we realized there was a chance for a balloon trip on our Santa Fe vacation, we decided we needed to do it. And wow, are we glad we did. All of the reviews are accurate: Johnny, Jeanne, and crew are warm, entertaining, highly competent. The flight was exciting, and not scary at all. Flying in a balloon is a most serene, beautiful experience. I highly recommend it.

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