While not the fastest method of sky travel, hot air balloons are nearly the most stylish, right after blimp-tethered limousines. Revel in fashionable floats with today's Groupon to the Spooktacular Balloon Festival at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on October 28 and 29 between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. Choose from the following options:
For $55, you get a VIP tether-ride package for two (a $110 total value), which includes:
- Two VIP tickets (a $70 value)
- Two tether rides (a $40 value)
For $8, you get admission for two (a $16 value).
For $12, you get admission for a family of four (a $26 total value), which includes:
- Two adult tickets (a $16 value)
- Two children's tickets (a $10 value)
Showcasing more than 30 hot air balloons, the Spooktacular Balloon Festival invites aerial-interested families to a day of Halloween-themed attractions. The festival's schedule of events includes costume contests and time to watch hot air balloons inflate at 6 p.m. as they take the shapes of animals, cartoons, and Burt Reynolds combing his mustache. Balloon rides, a kids' zone, and haunted houses beckon intrepid explorers. VIP tickets grant holders access to an Italian buffet dinner and a private cash bar, as well as tickets for a tethered balloon ride that lets two riders experience the fast-paced thrills of hot air balloons without fear of being swept away by flocks of angry clouds.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Amid the smell of blooming hyacinths and the colorful ensigns of freshly emerged butterflies, one need only turn to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for proof of an encroaching spring. As the spring-training grounds for both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks, the park—named as an homage to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community—sports 12 baseball diamonds, giving fans ample opportunity to watch the action and practice voicing play-by-plays of groundskeepers mowing the adjacent fields. In addition to spring-training bouts, Salt River Fields also hosts numerous special events, such as arts festivals and charity sports events.