The Leading Hot Air Balloon Ride Provider in the Nation
Have you ever dreamed of floating in the sky, waving to flocks of birds and passing through fluffy white clouds? Do you ever wonder what it feels like to live in the moment, completely carefree while marveling at the beauty of nature? Have you ever been driving down the road and noticed a huge balloon, floating directly above you, and thought…I wonder what that is like? If you answered any of those questions with a ‘yes’, Soaring Sports has the perfect getaway for you and your loved ones!
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Riding in a hot air balloon is an adventure incomparable to anything else. You experience flying without the stomach-churning stress of getting into an airplane. Nothing separates you from the freedom of the sky, no layers of metal, no heavy equipment. The wind doesn’t tear into your face, robbing you of your breath, but takes you gently on its back and floats you away for a scenic journey above tranquil hills and valleys. A hot air balloon ride is something that everybody needs to experience at least once in a lifetime. Climbing into the basket of a hot air balloon is akin to stepping back in time. Once in the air, everything seems to slow down. Without a schedule to maintain or a flight itinerary to keep, passengers are able to truly relax. From high above, there is not a worry in the world.
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We at Soaring Sports understand that each of our customers is different and desires a unique experience. Our sole goal is to give you the time of your life, which is why we have developed various packages for you to choose from. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway with friends, a company event, a romantic holiday, your special wedding or any other kind of celebration, or you want to participate in a ballooning festival, we’ve got you covered!
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The wonders of a professional hot air balloon ride in the sky actually begins on the ground. Many people maintain that the setup of the balloon itself is just as much of a spectacle than when it actually gets into the air. The hot air balloon, better known as an envelope, needs to be inflated on the ground well before the trip can begin. The lengthy process begins as the fabric of the envelope is laid out onto the grass. Stretched out and covering a massive area, a fan will be placed at the opening of the hot air balloon in order to begin the inflation process. As the fan begins to work, the envelope will begin to resemble what you imagine floating across the blue sky. It cannot do the entire job, however, as about halfway through the inflation process a burner is lit to speed things along. This is the ‘hot’ in hot air balloon. The hot air will rise into the skies and the balloon will become fully inflated and ready for flight. The entire operation is a lengthy process, taking about thirty minutes in total. That being said, it is definitely part of the hot air balloon ride experience and highly recommended part of the process of flight!
Soon after the balloon is fully upright, the time for flight will be upon the crew and passengers. After the pilot and crew are able to make the remaining safety checks and the necessary adjustments, the entire party will be able to climb inside the basket. The burner will bellow out hot air as the hot air balloon ascends upwards into the sky. The experience of rising into the air is difficult to describe to anyone who has not yet had the opportunity to fly. While it is akin to the flight of a helicopter or airplane, there is no doubt that it is still entirely different. There is a certain weightlessness that will come to the passengers as the hot air balloon continues to rise. Motorized aircraft tend to be a bit jerky throughout the ride, this is not the case when air is at the helm. The term ‘floating in the air’ will take on an entirely new meaning once you are able to experience a hot air balloon ride.
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As the burner takes full effect it really takes next to no time at all for the hot air balloon to reach cruising altitude. On average, a hot air balloon will reach right around 2,000 feet. Of course, this is all dependent on the air conditions of the day. With mother nature as a pilot, there is no telling where the hot air balloon will decide to go, to a certain extent, of course. While the wind is definitely in charge of the path and speed of the flight of a balloon, the pilot of a hot air balloon is able to maintain full control throughout the ride. There is undoubtedly a certain unease about the lack of control at first, but after a while most passengers will describe the experience as wholly relaxing. A hot air balloon ride may be one of the only places where a person is able to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. With an open schedule and no destination in mind, a passenger is able to enjoy the company and the views. There is nothing quite as uniquely relaxing as a hot air balloon ride.
Like all great experiences in life, this hot air balloon ride must come to an end at some point. On average a flight will last anywhere from 45 minutes to about an hour. When it comes time to land, the pilot will take control of the height of the craft by adjusting the blower and the balloon will begin a slow descent. The landing itself will naturally get a bit bumpy. The pilot must have a lot of skill in order to perform this landing, as the basket must be at a near 45 degree angle upon approaching the ground. This is done in order for the basket to come to an efficient stop without outright tipping over. After a skid or two across the ground the basket will have landed! We can assure you that this unusual landing style is performed with safety in mind and every basket is equipped with handles and grips on the walls for support.
After climbing safely out of the craft, the journey will officially be over. The bumpy landing provides a sad reminder that a passenger has returned to the modern life on the ground. Though we cannot say that it will ever be the same. An hour in the carriage of a hot air balloon provides a person with a certain new outlook upon life. There is a freedom to knowing that life can be that worry free, provided that you are in the right place. Emotional gravitas aside, a hot air balloon ride is a unique experience that has a way of bringing people closer together. Save for that, the air is fresh and the views are incredible!
Our Featured Hot Air Ballooning Options
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The cheapest and most popular option to experience a hot air balloon ride is with a shared ride. Typical basket sizes range from 4 to 12 people.
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A more exclusive option for a hot air balloon ride is to reserve the entire basket to yourself. Private hot air balloon rides spice up the flight just a bit more!
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Our call center is open seven days a week, until midnight EST. Our experienced colleagues are looking forward to working with you to fulfill all of your ballooning requests. Give us a call today and let our associates help you with all of your questions and arrange every single detail of your wonderful balloon ride.
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Our agents are available seven days a week until midnight, Eastern Standard Time, and will promptly return your call to discuss the particulars of your booking. We have a firm commitment to customer satisfaction that is apparent from the moment you speak with a customer service agent through the end of your adventure.
Checkout Feedback from our customers
“My boyfriend gave me a hot air balloon ride for my birthday and he managed to keep it secret until we arrived on site. The second I realized what was about to happen, I felt tears welling up in my eyes. Drifting with the wind above Richmond was the most romantic experience ever. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a different date night! Thank you so much for this woderful memory!”Kelsey - Richmond, VA
It was a wonderful way to celebrate my 6 year wedding anniversary.Clarisa - Asheville, NC
It was really awesome and the pilot made it once in a lifetime journey. We had a toast at the end of the ride as most of us were doing it for the first time. Agrab - Las Vegas, NV
Great time, private balloon was awesome…..can’t wait to do it again!Verna - Temecula, CA
Amazing. The hot air balloon team in Miami was incredible.Dwight - Miami, FL