Hot Air Balloon Rides and Festivals In Walla Walla

by | Dec 23, 2021 | Hot Air Ballooning

Walla Walla Hot Air Ballooning and Wine Tastings

How does checking hot air ballooning off of your bucket list and participating in wine tastings at local wineries in Walla Walla sound? I’m sold.

Hot air ballooning is a ton of fun, but hot air ballooning in Walla Walla Washington is extraordinary. If you’ve never been on a hot air balloon, you are in for quite an adventure. Hot air ballooning, in general, is a bucket list item for most people, and let’s be honest, with Covid a lot of those bucket list items have gone unchecked. It’s time to change that!

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Seattle Ballooning provides commercial hot air balloon rides at sunrise and sunset and fly over the luscious grapevines of Walla Walla. Post-flight the balloon company serves tasty hors d’oeuvres and delicious champagne.

Hot air ballooning and wine have gone together since 1783. The first hot air balloon flight took place over grapevines in France by the Montgolfier brothers. The balloonists (Aeronauts) would carry champagne on all their flights to give to landowners as a thank you for letting them put the balloon down on their property. Although the sport started in the 1700s, hot air ballooning has come a long way and is now a popular tourist activity all over the world. There are two places to purchase hot air balloon rides in Washington State: Seattle and Walla Walla. Both locations offer exquisite 360 degrees views and a safe flying environment.

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Walla Walla Washington is home to some of the best wine country in the United States. There are 200+ wineries in the area. The vineyards are incredible to see from a few thousand feet in a balloon, and is an experience you won’t want to miss! Balloon rides in Walla Walla take place during the spring and fall when the grapevines are in bloom or harvest.

The views are incredible. You can see for miles over the vineyards and farmlands below. You can also see the city of Walla Walla and the Blue Mountains in the distance. During the fall the leaves change color filling the city with warm colors. It’s truly a photographer’s paradise. Hot air ballooning is a must-do on a list of things to do in Walla Walla Washington.

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Guests can select to share the basket and fly with other passengers or opt for a private hot air ballooning experience. Seattle Ballooning’s hot air balloon rides hold 2 to 12 people. It’s the perfect activity for the whole family or a romantic weekend away with your significant other.  Hot Air Ballooning in Walla Walla is fastly becoming one of the most popular hot air balloon tour activities in Washington state. There is nothing more thrilling than floating through the sky like a bird at sunrise or sunset with the rolling hills and blue mountains in the background. Hot air balloon tours over Walla Walla wine country are available throughout the year and offer beautiful views no matter what time of year you choose to go.

Tourists and locals love Seattle Ballooning’s experiences. With hundreds of 5-star reviews, Seattle Ballooning promises a mind-blowing experience, and they are the only company in Walla Walla Washington that offers it!

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There are only a few hot air balloon festivals in the Northwest. There are two annual events in Oregon and two in Washington State. If you are looking for a special experience and are in town during the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede, you are in for a treat. Hot air balloon pilots (Aeronauts) from all over the Northwest congregate in Walla Walla for the weekend. Typically over 2 dozen pilots participate in the mass balloon ascension and launch from Howard Tietan Park. It’s really neat seeing 20+ 10 story tall hot air balloons flying through the sky.
Walla Walla Balloon Festival

The Walla Walla Balloon Stampede is an annual event and has been around for almost 50 years and is an event that brings together the entire community. If you are wanting to fly in the Walla Walla balloon festival you’ll either need to be a pilot yourself, sponsor the event, or book a commercial flight with Seattle Ballooning. Seattle Ballooning provides commercial balloon operations at sunrise and sunset during the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede weekend in October. Instead of launching from the beautiful Howard Tietan park with the privately owned balloons, Seattle Ballooning launches over wine country. They have secured multiple launch locations during the Pop-Up Event allowing for a full hour of flight. These launch locations give guests a better view of the vineyards and a longer flight time. Halfway through the balloon ride, the commercial balloons join the private pilots participating in the balloon festival. All the balloons either land near the Walla Walla airport or in the wheat fields North of Downtown Walla Walla.

Balloon glow
Every hot air balloon event in the world includes a hot air balloon glow. Hot air balloons are tethered to the ground and the heat from the propane burners creates a beautiful light that illuminates the colors in the fabric. It’s pure entertainment for kids and adults! This beloved tradition is held at night and is a magnificent sight to behold. The balloon glow is typically held Saturday night at Howard Tietan Park balloon grounds. Events like these provide an incredible photo opportunity as well as an educational opportunity for young people.  If you have questions about ballooning or becoming a pilot, feel free to walk up and chat with the aeronauts. You’ll want to bring your own food and drinks with you as there isn’t typically a food truck or concession stands. 

All hot air balloon activities are weather-dependent and flight decisions are made by Seattle Ballooning’s team of weather experts. They look at wind patterns, short and long-term weather forecasts, and utilize a variety of weather resources. Although balloons are at the mercy of the wind, hot air balloon pilots use the wind direction at different altitudes for control as there is no steering wheel. For safety reasons, balloon pilots do not fly in rough winds or poor/ marginal weather conditions.  If a flight is canceled for weather, passengers will have the option to rebook or get a refund.  If you are ready to book your flight, you can give Seattle Ballooning a call at 206 747 5802 or book your adventure online.

About the Author

Chief pilot of Seattle Ballooning. I get the opportunity to provide luxury hot air balloon rides just South of Seattle in front of Mt. Rainier. When you do what you love, it's not considered work.

Seattle Washington

https://seattleballooning.com/

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