Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Over 19 years in operation, highly experienced pilot
- 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
Picture yourself floating over the magnificent Indiana countryside with nothing but the occasional blast of the burners to disturb the peace.
The beauty and tranquility of a hot air balloon ride is an experience that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Your Indiana balloon adventure begins at either sunrise or before sunset amidst the crisp clean air and deep blue skies.
During your flight you will feel the thrill of this historic means of travel as your pilot explains the science of ballooning and points out prominent scenery. After approximately one hour of magical flight it is time to return to the loving arms of Mother Earth.
Enjoy an inspired adventure filled with beautiful, sweeping vistas, panoramic views and sky sailing fun that will make lifelong memories.
Balloon flights are a great idea for romantic interludes, family outings, corporate events or any other occasion that you want to be remembered forever!
Year round. Most sunrise flights available on weekends.
Launch sites include Fishers, Fortville, and Noblesville, Indiana
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.
This experience 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.
Up to 4; however maximum number of passengers is dependent up time of day, temperature, and weight of passengers.
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.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. 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.
What should I wear?
Dress to be comfortable just as you would if you were on the ground. Wind chill factors are eliminated because a hot air balloon travels at the same speed as the air around it is typically a bit warmer in the basket. Please DO NOT wear sandals. Where comfortable shoes that cover your entire foot.
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!
What equipment is required for balloons?
Balloons include several parts: the envelope (fabric portion of the balloon), the basket, burners and fuel systems. The material for Aerostar balloon envelopes is made of an exclusive Aerostar Diamond Weave ripstop nylon with tough, durable coatings for heat and air retention. The basket is made of wicker, which is strong, yet flexible and is aesthetically pleasing. Burners can come in either single, dual, or triple. The balloon you will be flying in has double burners.