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Santa Barbara Hot Air Balloon Ride


Item #: AIR-SBA-0016
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Get a bird's-eye view of the beautiful and breathtaking California wine country on a Santa Barbara Hot Air Balloon Ride!

  • Over 20 years of piloting experience and a 2014 TripAdvisor "Certificate of Excellence" recipient
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Traverse Mountain Ranges, Lake Chachuma, vineyards and more
  • Delight in complimentary champagne upon landing
  • Climb in and marvel at the beauty of Southern California from the basket of a balloon!
Santa Ynez, CA
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Daily - Sunrise
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    Essential Information
    • Participants must be at least 5 years old
    • Additional fees may apply for passengers over 250 lbs
    • Passengers must sign a liability waiver prior to boarding
    • Not suitable for pregnant women due to safety concerns
    • There must be at least 4 participants for the balloon flight to run
    3-4 hours total with approximately 45-60 minutes of flight time.
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    Up to 12 passengers per balloon depending on overall weight and basket size, with a minimum of 4 participants for the flight to go.
    Spectators may follow chase vehicle in their own vehicle to watch launch and landing.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable clothing and a jacket, sweatshirt or fleece pullover. Closed toe shoes are required, no high heels.

    For this experience, our partners are taking added measures to ensure that they help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. They are wiping down all common areas, and sanitizing the transportation vans to the best of their abilities. Additionally, our partners are providing hand sanitizer for anyone who would like to use it. Our partners kindly ask that all guests please wear a mask. Any participants without a mask with not be allowed to participate. 

    These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

    What is included?

    45-60 minutes of flight time is included as well as magnificent views and complimentary champagne.

    Is it safe?
    Yes, your pilots are FAA certified and have over 20 years of flight experience. They have one of the best safety records of any balloon company in the country. The balloons themselves are impeccably maintained and inspected regularly to ensure your safety.
    Are the baskets handicap accessible?
    Yes, a special bench can be provided upon request. Please indicate during booking if assistance is needed. Please call Virgin Experience Gifts with any questions.
    What if I'm afraid of heights?
    The siding and floor of the basket offer a safe and secure feeling. There is no motion, swaying or vibration from wind when the balloon is flying.
    How far will we fly?
    The flight will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour and cover up to 6 miles in distance.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule directly with the experience provider.

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