What to expect on a hot air balloon ride with Seattle Ballooning?
Seattle Ballooning rides are an immersive experience. Starting at pickup you’ll participate in safety briefings from our experienced pilots and hear about the history of ballooning on the way to our launch site. We have over 10 unique launch locations from a park, to backyards, or private airstrips all depending on the weather or winds.
At the launch location, the crew will start prep for the inflation of the balloon while the pilots do the last weather and wind speed checks. Once the basket, envelope, and safety checks are done the crew will start to fill the balloon with cold air. This is where you can help during your hot air balloon ride! Volunteers are always welcome to hold open the throat of the balloon as fans fill the balloon with cold air. When the time is right the pilot will ignite the burners filling the balloon with hot air and it will stand up ready for you to jump in the basket and take off.
On departure, you will enjoy a 360-degree view of the scenery below as we fly above the trees or rivers before going up to 5000′ in front of Mt. Ranier for picturesque views.
The flight time is approximately 60 minutes before a pilot locates a landing zone to safely put the balloon in. The crew will be there to ensure the safety of passengers and start the deflating process. While the crew is packing up the balloon we serve delicious champagne as you take in your experience and views you saw.
Hot air balloon rides are like snowflakes in which no flight path will ever be identical. Riding back to the drop-off point will take about 20-30 minutes and a perfect time to ask any more questions, share photos with other passengers, or talk about the spectacular sights.