Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hamilton County, IN

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Picture yourself floating over the magnificent Indiana countryside with nothing but the occasional blast of the burners to disturb the peace.

  • Highly experienced pilot has over 19 years in operation
  • Assist the crew with the balloon inflation process or relax as it takes shape before your eyes
  • Embrace the serenity as you float effortlessly thousands of feet above the earth
  • An uplifting experience you will remember forever!
Launch sites include Fishers, Fortville, and Noblesville, Indiana
When Do I Choose A Date?
If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

April through Mid-November:
Daily - Sunrise and Sunset

Essential Information
  • Participants must be at least 6 years of age and over 44 inches tall
  • Sunrise flight meets 1/2 hour before sunrise
  • Evening flights meet 2 1/2 hours before sunset

The shared balloon ride requires a minimum of 3 passengers to fly. Participants booking as individuals will be placed on a list until they can be paired with another participant.

The actual flight time averages about an hour. The entire ballooning experience, including pre-flight preparation, flight and post-flight celebration, may take three to four hours.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
Up to 5 people per balloon; however maximum number of passengers is dependent on time of day, temperature, and weight of passengers.
Not Allowed
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the Experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions. Sunglasses and a brimmed hat recommended. No open toed shoes.
How do balloons fly?
Balloons operate through the basic principles of gravity and heat transfer.  As air inside the balloon is heated, it rises.  As the air inside the balloon cools, it descends.  To make the balloon fly, an inflator fan fills it with air, which is then heated.
Can you steer a balloon?
Winds determine a balloon's direction.  Balloonists can steer a balloon, to a limited extent, by adjusting the balloon's altitude to make use of different wind speeds and directions.
Why do balloons fly in the early morning and late evening?
Winds are generally most favorable the first hours after sunrise and the last hours before sunset.  The sun's uneven heating of the earth's surface causes strong, variable winds.  In the morning, it takes a few hours for the sun to heat the earth's surface enough to generate the thermal activity that creates wind.  In the evening, the sun's intensity has diminished enough to reduce winds to acceptable flight levels.  Ideal winds are 3 to 6 mph.
How high do balloons fly?
Balloons typically fly from treetop level all the way to several thousand feet, depending on what the pilot is trying to accomplish.  The world record in a stock Aerostar hot air balloon is over 32,000 feet!

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 14 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 days 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 your experience directly with your experience provider.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 3.5
based on 4 reviews.
Be prepared for multiple cancellations and reschedules. The pilot kept cancelling on us for 3 months, after which we gave up and decided to exchange to a different experience.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Manan, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I’m so sorry that we were not able to get you up in the air for this adventure. I fully understand your frustration with getting canceled 3 times due to weather concerns. I’m glad we were able to connect and discuss how you can use your voucher across the country.  I would be happy to assist you with your next adventure when you are settled in your new state.   Thanks, Ryan
I enjoyed the hot air balloon ride very much. It's something totally unique. A true bucket list experience. Seeing the balloon blow up and seeing how huge it was is amazing. Flying over fields, farms and homes was very intimate. The staff is extremely competent and friendly. One thing is that the ride is only about an hour and the gondola is cramped for 6 people. But I would not let that stop you.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi David, thanks so much for sharing your experience with us! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the entire experience including the blowing up of the balloon prior to your balloon ride. It sounds like the staff really made you feel welcome (even if you were a little snug) in their balloon basket and I will make sure to pass along your kind words. Once again thank you for sharing and we hope you have a great rest of your week! Best, Kelsey
It was fantastic, my first time ever in a Balloon. Def a Must Do, but do on a Warm day
I had wanted to do this for a very long time. My pilot/owner was great and very informative. I have already recommended it to many people. It was so beautiful. I am 65 years old and would do it again in a heartbeat!! Thank you.
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