Your Balloon ride adventure begins when you check-in. Morning flights meet approximately 30 minutes before sunrise and Evening flights approximately 3 hours before sunset. Seasonal times apply. See our chart below.
Once checked in you will board our vans and be taken to the launch site. The crew quickly unloads the balloon and assembles it for inflation.
Inflation of the balloon is accomplished by motorized fans. Once the envelope is filled with air, the Pilot carefully directs propane burners to heat the air inside the balloon envelope. After just a few minutes the balloon is standing upright and ready for you to board.
Once aboard, your Pilot will introduce you to the flight with a passenger briefing filled with information to help you enjoy the flight and prepare for the landing.
Everyone gets a window seat. Balloon rides have been call "A Nature Walk In The Sky". Get ready, you're about to experience the magic of ballooning.
As you gently leave the Earth, you'll be amazed at how light the balloon feels. During the flight you have unobstructed 360-degree views, allowing for breathtaking photographs.
To steer the balloon your Pilot will explore a variety of altitudes, from just above the tree tops up to perhaps as high as 3,000 feet. By changing altitude, your pilot is also able to change direction by finding shifts in wind currents.
On our flights we commonly see the Cascade Mountains, Snohomish River, the high rise buildings of downtown Seattle and breathtaking views of Mount Rainier.
Your pilot will point out the occasional Eagles nest, Salmon and Beaver swimming up the river and possibly descend within inches of river, much to everyone's delight, for the best viewing opportunity.
Throughout your balloon flight, the Pilot stays in radio contact with the ground crew. They continuously follow your balloon over and roads so that they can be ready and waiting for you upon landing. Landing sites change with each flight due to the wind speed and directions encountered but we have our favorites.
Once back on the ground, assisted by our crew, the balloon is deflated. All the air is pushed out and the balloon is packed back onto the trailer, ready for the next flight. Join in and help if you like, it will help us get you on to the next portion of your experience faster. A traditional celebration awaits back at the check-in site.
All riders first time or not will be treated to the legendary "Balloonists Flight Ceremony" that balloonists all over the world have been sharing for more than a century. And finally, to prove your difference from ordinary mortals, you will be inducted into the ballooning society and awarded your "Balloon Flight Wings". A custom designed Balloon Lapel Pin to wear with pride, allowing you to boast your balloon flight adventure to all who see you wear it. A truly unique experience.
Your Shared balloon ride is aboard our large comfortable basket with a maximum of eight guests (plus the pilot) We’ll all become new friends and "Everyone gets a window seat".
Flights Available weather permitting Tuesday through Sunday, May 15 to September 15.
The most enjoyable balloon ride is in Snohomish! Everyone loves hot air balloon rides so share the ride. Your beautiful day ballooning in Snohomish includes all the romance of a private hot air balloon ride, with the addition of other guests. Sunrise flights averages 60 to 90 minutes aloft and Sunset flights average 45 to 60 minutes aloft. Sunrise and Evening departure times are seasonal.
Per person rate.
Sunrise Ride $215 per person
Sunset Ride $240 per person
Winthrop’s annual balloon fest. This event happens in early March. Over a dozen balloons from around the Northwest fill the morning skies. Passenger space is limited, please book early for this exciting event. This flight averages 60 to 75 minutes aloft, launching just after sunrise. Post flight celebration upon completion of the flight.
Per Person $250
Balloon Ride gift vouchers are perfect for all occasion!
Gift vouchers can be used for any open dates and available for either Sunrise or Sunset Rides and are good for 2 years from the date of purchase.
After you've completed the purchase you will receive a email Gift Voucher code to be used when selecting a reservation date, you can forward the email to the recipient and with that code they can schedule at their convenience.
Hot Air Balloons float with the wind. Pilots control the temperature of the balloon using a propane burner to heat the air inside the balloon. Winds move in different directions at different elevations.
Seasonal meeting times apply because ballooning is best just after sunrise and just before sunset. That is when the air is the coolest and calmest.
Time vary but we generally meet at the meeting location approximately at sunrise and close to 2 to 2-1/2 hours before sunset.
May 15 to 31 5:30 AM
June 1 to 30 6:00 AM
July 1 to 31 6:00 to 6:30 AM
August 1 to 31 6:30 to 6:45 AM
September 1 to 15 6:45 to 7:00 AM
Use this to plan your event. Please allow 3 1/2 to 4 hours hours for your sunrise event.
May 15 to 31 6:30 PM
June 1 to 30 7:00 PM
July 1 to 31 7:00 to 6:45 PM
August 1 to 31 6:45 to 6:15 PM
September 1 to 15 5:15 to 5:00 PM
Use this to plan your event. Please allow 3 1/2 hours for your sunset event.
We meet and check-in passengers at Harvey Field in Snohomish. Just in front of the Buzz Inn. Launch sites change based on the winds. We'll bring you back to your car when we're done.