$135 for a One-Hour Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne Toast from Sportations ($269.99 Value)

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Professional, courteous pilots guide baskets at sunrise as flyers take in views such as local landmarks & passing birds

The Fine Print

Expires Oct 30th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid until 11/6/12. Reservation required. 72hr cancellation notice required. Must be 7 or older. Must be 48" or taller. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather and availability. Sunrise experience valid year round. Sunset experience valid November to March. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

A hot air balloon functions by assembling carefully engineered canvas, a large wicker basket, and several canisters filled with the blustery rants of politicians and sportscasters. Harness the antigravitational power of articulated nonsense with this Groupon.

$135 for a Hot Air Balloon Ride with a Champagne Toast ($269Value)

Sportations hosts hot air balloon rides, which depart at sunrise from various locations around the Tucson metro area. The polychromatic vessels and their accompanying pilots convey passengers aged 7 and older high above the bustling metropolis, where they take in stunning vistas during a one-hour flight. The entire experience lasts approximately 3–3.5 hours and also includes balloon inflation and deflation, as well as a postflight champagne toast.

Sportations

Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.

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