Q. Are the balloons on site all day?A. No. Balloon glows are at sunset and is weather permitting in each city.
Q. Why aren’t the balloons visible all day?A. Hot air balloons are wind and weather dependent. The calm winds necessary for balloons are only found at sunrise and for the next 2 hours and the two to four hours before sunset into the evening. All balloon glows and launches are subject to weather conditions.
Q. Can I ride in a hot air balloon?A. Yes, tethered rides are available at an additional fee each day weather permitting. Rides are on a first-come, first serve basis and can be cancelled without notice and may be curtailed by the pilot for safety reasons at any time. The tethered balloon rises up allowing you to take pictures and then comes back down.
Q. Where are the tethered rides located?A. Tether rides are within the festival grounds in a secured and ticketed area.
Q. How long is a tethered ride?A. 3 to 5 minutes (much like the carnival rides).
Q. How high does the tethered balloon go up?A. Tethered ride can be anywhere between 50-80 ft depending on the winds. The pilot will make that decision at the time of the tether.
Q. How much does a tethered balloon ride cost?A. Rides are $20 per adult, $10 for children. Children 12 years and under need an adult to be with them.
Q. Can I walk onto the balloon field to see a balloon up close and talk to pilots?A. Yes, with conditions. The field may be open to spectators depending on safety factors. Weather and balloon activities can effect the field conditions and the announcer will notify the spectators when the field is open and the cautions as each balloon needs space to inflate safely.
TETHERED BALLOON RIDES
Want to feel the excitement of riding a hot air balloon?
Tethered balloon rides are hot air balloons tied to the ground by high-tensile strength ropes so that they don’t fly away! Tethering permits the pilot to lift off the ground, float up to 30-40 feet in the air for a short ride and return to the same position.
Tethered Balloon Rides can be purchased at the festival for $10 Children $20 Adults.
If you don’t like to wait in line the Fast-Pass ticket allows you priority boarding. Fast-Pass Tickets available to purchase online for $15 Children $25 Adults
Tethered hot air balloon rides have a separate cost from festival’s admission tickets.