Hot Air Ballooning – A Unique Way to Explore Central Virginia

Taking in the sights of the Charlottesville and Central Virginia area is an unforgettable journey. Make that journey all the more exciting and adventurous with a balloon ride from Blue Ridge Balloon Tours. This balloon company gives people the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the world while floating freely high above the terrain. Their mission statement and goal states the tour company wishes to give you a treasured memory with a personal touch. The balloons go on daily flights in the early morning and late afternoon as these times typically have optimal weather conditions for ballooning.

There are many options and packages to pick from when deciding to go on a hot air balloon adventure. The sunset and sunrise packages are relatively affordable and are among the most popular options. The sunrise package is a morning ride with a celebratory toast afterwards for $210 per person. The sunset package takes place late afternoon and costs $225. There is a breakfast flight which includes cider, pastries and fresh fruit after the ride for the price of $225.

The memories package can be added on to any other package for $99. This includes digital photos of your trip and a framed collage to take with you.

One popular way to enjoy this spectacular experience is to go with a loved one. The romance package is a private flight with photos of you and that special loved one. It also includes hors d’oeuvres and a toast. This unforgettable way to make any occasion more special costs $795 for flights taken between Monday and Friday morning and $845 for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday flights.

Weddings can also be done aboard the balloons or the balloons can be used by guests during the reception. There are several balloon packages specifically for weddings and receptions, including whisking the bride and groom away after the festivities.

For those who are a little leery about being so high above the ground and left to the mercy of the wind, Blue Ridge Balloon Tours also has tether balloons that float about 75 feet in the sky. These can be brought to group picnics, company parties, business grand openings and weddings.

The balloon tours last approximately an hour and the entire visit lasts for about three hours. Each and every guest receives a toast and certificate commemorating their adventure. A couple of things to be aware of:

  • There are certain weight restrictions when ballooning.
  • Flights are always subject to postponement due to any weather conditions the pilot feels may be too adverse.
  • Comfortable clothing is recommended and comfortable shoes that can withstand wet grass are also recommended.

For more information, you can contact Blue Ridge Balloon Company at 434-589-6213, or visit them on the web at