April 07, 2015
For your next adventure, consider getting a bird's-eye view of some of your favorite local places.
Hot air balloon rides allow you to soar high above the ground for a view like no other. Enjoy a nice romantic dinner ride or sip some champagne with friends.
Either way, ballooning gives you the chance to see the city and state in a new light. And it makes for some beautiful photos.
Below are just some of the local places that will take you on your next adventure in the skies.
Established in 1990, Air Ventures offers a number of packages for couples and groups, from a one-hour traditional champagne toast flight ($199 per person) to a Sunday brunch flight ($219 per person). Custom packages are available upon request. Air Ventures, located in Paoli, Chester County, is less than an hour drive from Philadelphia.
The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team offers hot air balloon launches from Lancaster, Chester and Bucks counties for views of Amish farmland and the Brandywine, Schuylkill and Delaware River valleys. Packages are available for groups and couples, as well as weddings and engagements. There are also private rides offered for those who are handicapped.
Endless Mountains offers flights from two locations: in Northeastern Pa. near Scranton and near Doylestown in Bucks County. Prices range from $200 per person to $650 for a private couple flight. Balloons can carry up to five passengers plus a pilot.
Above & Beyond Ballooning offers lift off from Chester Springs, Pa. (approximately 45 minutes west of Philadelphia) and Readington, N.J. Both locations provide riders with views of varied landscapes, including farmland, hills, lakes and forests.
The Sky's the Limit Ballooning offers year-round hot air balloon rides over State College, Happy Valley and beyond. Flights cost $200 per person and fit up to four passengers with the pilot in the basket during each flight.
Chester County Balloon Festival - June 19 to June 21, 2015
Western Pennsylvania Balloon Quest - July 15 - July 18, 2015
QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning - July 24 to July 26, 2015
Warren County Farmers Fair Balloon Festival (NJ) - July 25 to Aug. 1, 2015
If you know a good hot air ballooning spot that was left off this list, please leave it in the comments. The more adventure, the better!