The human obsession with flight stems from a refusal to accept limitations and an intense desire to finally move out of gravity's basement. Claim your own airspace with this Groupon.
$165 for a Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride ($330 Value)
Balloon adventures begin with balloon inflation and preparation, which takes about 30 minutes. Next, an FAA-certified pilot mans the balloon for the duration of the flight, which lasts for about an hour. Flying in the fleet of balloons, up to 24 fellow passengers can take photos of the surrounding countryside from up to 3,000 feet above the ground. The full balloon-ride experience lasts 3.5–4 hours, including transportation to and from meeting and launch locations.
Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloons
Offering sunrise and sunset excursions, Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloons floats riders through the clouds on brightly colored, eight-story-tall buoys of heated air. After venturing to the launch site, guests will meet the day's FAA-certified captain, crew, and about 4–24 fellow passengers. Air wranglers impart a formal safety briefing as balloons slowly take shape, filling with hot air supplied by area high-school debate teams. A blast of burners lifts leisure seekers into the air, drifting through the blue sky for approximately an hour, bandied about by the day's prevailing winds. Balloons will be followed on the ground by chase crews who rendezvous at the chosen landing site for a congratulatory postflight celebration. Recently christened sky devils will also receive a commemorative flight certificate that can be used as a valid passport.