I was lucky enough to ride a hot air balloon in Walla Walla years ago to cover the October Balloon Stampede. It was a life-changing experience for me and my grandmother. She had always had a hot air balloon ride on her bucket list and we managed to cross it off together.
Now you can cross “ride a hot air balloon” off your to-do list, because a Seattle hot air balloon company is opening a permanent location in Walla Walla!
Seattle Ballooning will open soon, offering spring and fall hot air balloon rides from its new location in Walla Walla. You can book a flight anytime from the beginning of September to the last day of October in Walla Walla depending on their website. They will have both general rides and Walla Walla Balloon Stampede Festival experiences available.
“Seattle Ballooning offers group hot air balloon rides during the Walla Walla Balloon Stampede weekend. Private hot air balloons take off from Howard Tietan Park each morning at sunrise and head north through the city toward the airport. Our commercial hot air balloons take off slightly south of the local estate or vineyards and join the other private hot air balloons in flight,” they explain on their website.
You can book your flight now on their site. A shared flight costs $325 per guest and a private flight starts at $1,600.
The shared flight” with a maximum of eight to ten guests in the basket (plus the pilot), you will have a personal and safe experience with the luxury of flying in a commercial grade hot air balloon. Get ready for panoramic views on this exciting high-flying excursion.”
The Group Flight is an “intimate private hot air balloon ride for two and private group flights with guests up to 10 people. Many couples and families want to book private experiences to celebrate these special occasions.”
They describe more about what they offer on their website. “We have limited passenger capacity and bookings sell out months in advance. We usually bring 2 commercial hot air balloons from our fleet which carry a maximum of 18 passengers. We also offer private hot air balloon rides for two. Although Most private hot air balloon pilots only fly in the morning, Seattle Ballooning’s award-winning hot air balloon pilots offer sunrise and sunset hot air balloon rides during Stampede weekend.
Prices can be found here on our booking calendar. Shared Walla Walla hot air balloon rides range from $325 per person to $375 per person. Private Walla Walla flights range from $1400 to $1600 per couple depending on experience. Hot air balloon rides during the Balloon Stampede weekend or hot air balloon festivals usually have a 20% bonus.”
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