Pennsylvania, America’s Keystone State is known for many things throughout the world,the First Continental Congress, Hershey’s Chocolates and the Liberty Bell to name a few. But did you know that the first hot air balloon to fly in America was launched here?
Yes, our very own PA was host to the historical first American flight in 1793 over 200 years ago! This took place in Philadelphia where so many other events took place, like the signing of the Declaration of Independence and of course the raising of the Union Flag prior to the civil war by Abraham Lincoln happening 68 years after this flight. This hydrogen balloon took off from a prison yard and reached 5,800 feet and made its landing in Gloucester County, NJ. This was such an amazing flight our very first US president George Washington was in attendance!
Pennsylvania Balloon Rides carries on this incredible feet to this day with balloon rides covering the whole of the state. From amazing views of PA’s gorgeous countryside to seeing the amazing Pittsburgh cityscape, this is not an activity that could ever be described fully with words. The best thing is that each ride is so different and one of a kind, you will never pass the same spot twice! So you can guarantee that if you are taking this ride just as a day trip this will be unforgettable.
On the other hand, if you are making this journey as a celebration for a particular event then we can make it all the more amazing! From romantic flights that set the scene for you to pop the big question with the beautiful Appalachians in the background and the rays of a sienna sunrise flooding your loved one’s face as they say yes, to the actual wedding day itself where you can say “I do” thousands of feet above the Earth and then sail into the sunset, we will provide the place and time, you just bring the two of you.
No matter the occasion, Pennsylvania’s launch into ballooning two centuries ago has paved the way for this incredible experience today.
BECAUSE RIDING IN A HOT AIR BALLOON IS SO UNIQUE FROM OTHER OPTIONS OF FLIGHT NOWADAYS, IT WILL BE UNLIKE ANY OTHER JOURNEY YOU CAN HAVE IN THE SKY.
Balloon rides happen in the early morning and late evening. Both reserved times of day assure that it won't be excessively hot and it's difficult not to enjoy a view like that. For the night owls in the world, the flights at sundown normally take place two or three hours before sundown.
ANYTHING AROUND YOU, EVEN YOUR MEANS OF LIFT, IS AIR.
The moment you are up in the air you will find yourself anywhere somewhere between 500 and 3,000 feet above the ground. Occasionally, if the weather is just right, your pilot can take you up as high as 10.000 feet. Now in case you are wondering, balloons don't exactly follow a particular path. What you can expect though is being up in the sky for approximately an hour, making it anywhere between 2 and 5 miles from where you launched.
We exclusively offer the best for you, so you don't need to stress over a thing. Our captains are professionals, guaranteed. Each qualified professional coordinating with us must be in possession of a Pilot's Certificate and license through the Federal Aviation Administration.
Leaving the ground in a hot air balloon is an adventure into pure fantasy. To this day, you can still feel the moment of magic that first took man's fantasy of flight into reality.
In your day-to-day life, it's about the destination. You head to work, pay your monthly bills, and maintain appointments ... Here though, drifting with the wind is about how entertaining the experience could be. Time can not get to you when you can soar through a marvelous waking fantasy. Over the scenic landscape that only Pennsylvania can deliver, you are free.
The extraordinary journey starts out with the take off as the heaters bring life to the balloon. Once you reach just the right height, a peaceful silence will wash over you. You are soaring very high in the sky, entirely invulnerable. Just under your feet you will see a view of the Pennsylvania countryside that will leave you in awe. With our certified hot air balloon pilots, your experience will be secure and first-class. This is your chance to leave your worries behind.READ MORE
This is definitely the place that you are able to select your own intimate journey and make it a little more extraordinary.READ MORE
In history, the first effective endeavor into the sky was on a hot air balloon. From the first trip in the 1700's, hot air balloons have stood the test of time.
While the times have definitely evolved, hot air balloons are remain a straightforward endeavour. A gigantic, multicolored balloon is above, filled with air warmed by burners.
There are all kinds of balloons for every kind of adventure. Depending on overall size, a hot air balloon can hold as much as 16 people. Nevertheless, balloons will typically accommodate 4, 8, 10, and 12 people at a time.
As the balloons themselves are raised using hot air, it's good to know how that functions. You're able to get such a beautiful view simply because hot air is not as dense as cool air. When the balloon is loaded with hot air it is lifted into the sky by the cool air all around it. Due to this you can literally move on air.READ MORE
This trip is all about you. If you have a question, anything to make this adventure that much more special, we can certainly make it happen. Be it a fond memory in the making, or a chance to start a different chapter of your life, this is your chance. Simply call us and our representatives are waiting to address every question you can think of.