Ballooning

 

Ballooning 

A “Bucket List” Item

Hot Air Ballooning is one of the most popular adventures that an individual should try at least one in their lifetime. Hot air flights are on many peoples “bucket lists”. It doesn’t matter the age of the individual as long as that person can abide by the rules and regulations for safety (basically they need to be able to stand unaided for around 1 hour). Other than that, hot air ballooning will definitely give you a birds eye view of the world that you may never have seen before. Hot Air Ballooning is the very definition of “Panoramic Viewing.”

So how does it work?  Basically it’s really just a big bag (envelope) that is filled with hot air. This envelope attaches to a basket in which passengers are being held. This basket is where specially designed gas burners are present and when the bag fills with hot air, it rises.  It’s proof that hot air really does rise!

Upstate New York is one of the best places for ballooning because expert expeditions are available from the Hudson Valley, to the Adirondacks, through Central New York and the Finger Lakes, and on to Western New York and the Canadian border.

             Ballooning the Adirondacks

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to float quietly and view the world from above? You can experience this if you fly in Upstate NY, including Saratoga, Lake George, Glens Falls and the Adirondacks! Fly over historic villages and gently rolling farm country between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and Green Mountains of Vermont.  Balloon Rides last approximately one hour depending on wind conditions and available landing sites.

              Hudson Valley Viewing

Ballooning offers great views the Hudson Valley. Our Hudson Valley balloon flights originate in Poughkeepsie, an easy train ride or drive from New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey.  You can take spectacular champagne balloon flights and tether rides in the Mid Hudson Valley.  Taking a flight in a Hot Air balloon is a very exciting way to fly and view the beautiful Hudson Valley. A sightseeing flight in the fall is the best way to see the autumn leaves.

  

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Ballooning  Basics

Hot air ballooning is the activity of flying in hot air balloons. Attractive aspects of ballooning include the exceptional quiet (except when the propane burners are firing), the lack of a feeling of movement, and the bird’s-eye view. Since the balloon moves with the direction of the winds, the passengers feel absolutely no wind, except for brief periods during the flight when the balloon climbs or descends into air currents of different direction or speed.

There are many regular gatherings of balloons and balloonists around the United States. Most of these events are held on an annual basis. The festivities provide both a place for balloonists to interact as well as a venue for entertaining spectators. Events range in size from a few balloons and no spectators to hundreds of balloons with hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Adirondack Balloon Festival is New York’s largest hot air Balloon Festival.  This four-day event takes place in Glens Falls.  It is the oldest and largest balloon event on the East Coast and set against the backdrop of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.