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Eastern Shore Hot Air Balloon Ride

Chester, MD

Item #: AIR-BAL-0007
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Overview

Fly up, up and away over Maryland's Eastern Shore on a Hot Air Balloon ride complete with a champagne toast!

  • Fly with an FAA-Certified Commercial Pilot with over 16 years of experience
  • Float over corn fields, nearby rivers and treetops enjoying 360-degree views of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Complete your flight with a traditional champagne toast upon landing
  • A once-in-a-lifetime adventure you will never forget!
Chester, MD
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    Essential Information
    • Participants must be at least 42" tall
    • Not recommended for women beyond the first trimester in pregnancy
    • The weight limit of each passenger may not exceed 250 lbs
    Duration
    Approximately 3 hours total with approximately 1 hour of flight time.
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    You will be accompanied by other participants with up to 8 participants per balloon.
    Spectators
    Friends and family are allowed to come and watch the balloon take-off and land.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule directly with the experience provider. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for expected weather conditions and closed-toe shoes. Sunglasses and a brimmed hat are recommended.
    How high, how fast, and how far will we fly?
    Hot air balloons travel with the wind at an approximate altitude of 1,000 feet above ground, generally not much faster than 8 - 10 MPH. The distance the balloon will travel depends on the speed of the wind as well as the duration of the flight.
    Where will I land?
    Balloons travel with the wind and cannot be steered. Pilots may, however, change directions by ascending or descending to pick up varying wind directions at different altitudes. Crew members that assisted with setting up the balloon will follow your journey on the ground; this is called a balloon chase.
    How does a balloon work?
    Hot air balloons fly because the air inside of the balloon is hotter than the outside air. By using propane fueled burners the air is heated causing the balloon to ascend. To descend, the air inside the balloon must be cooled by either letting the envelope cool on its own or by opening the vent at the top of the envelope to let some of the hot air out. Throughout a flight, the pilot will use a combination of heating and cooling the balloon to ascend and descend. When it is time to land the top of the envelope is opened completely to let all of the air out and deflate the balloon.
    What should I wear?
    Dress appropriately for expected weather conditions. The temperature during flight will be similar to the temperature on the group. Hats and sunglasses are recommended.

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

    Exchanges
    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 7 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 7 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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