You already know the Finger Lakes provide unparalleled beauty and relaxation, now imagine seeing them from the air in a majestic and silent hot air balloon! Planes may be faster but nothing rivals the simple grace and elegance of hot air ballooning.
Airplanes are noisy and claustrophobic when compared to a hot air balloon. A hot air balloon ride, on the other hand, is open to the air. It’s just a silent balloon above, a basket below, and the whole wide world opening up around you in all directions, as far as the eye can see. There are no bad seats aboard a hot air balloon!
So much of hot air ballooning’s appeal comes from the serene and gentle flight combined with the fantastic views. If you think that’s all there is to a hot air balloon experience, though, you’re mistaken!
Most hot air balloon trips include not just the ride but the whole experience, start to finish!
Your hot air balloon ride will probably begin around dawn and you’ll be there to watch as the balloon is unpacked, stretched out, and filled with hot air. Nothing will prepare you for how HUGE a hot air balloon really is until you see one close up, on the ground, being filled! The balloons are inflated with a combination of a fan and, when it’s taken some shape, a propane burner.
Once the balloon is filled and ready to go, you’ll clamber into the basket and off you go! Floating gently out over Letchworth Park and the Finger Lakes. Nothing I say can prepare you for the views you’ll see, so just trust me that you’ll want to bring a camera.
During the trip, you’ll potentially see a lot of wildlife: whitetail deer, red foxes, blue herons, and much more. Maybe even a bear! As your trip nears its end, the pilot may even skim through the treetops. Not only will this give you an interesting view of a tree, you’ll also have a chance to pick a leaf or pine cone from the top of a tree!
Landing a hot air balloon can be the most exciting part. Mainly because they can sometimes be a little bumpy – but don’t worry! The hot air balloon pilot will prepare you before hand to make sure everyone has a safe, fun, experience.
Finger Lakes Hot Air Balloon Ride
Liberty Balloon Company has many regular launch sites all around the Finger Lakes. Many are near our Finger Lakes B&B in Canandaigua, Sutherland House. Liberty Balloon Company typically meets their guests at the Canandaigua Airport, which is only ten minutes from our Canandaigua B&B! Even better, save yourself the drive and have your Liberty Balloon hot air balloon ride take off from Sutherland House! Now THAT’s convenience!
So what are you waiting for? Scratch one off the old bucket list with a Finger Lakes hot air balloon ride!