Hot Air Balloon in Lithia Springs

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8651 Hiram Acworth Hwy
Dallas,
GA
US

Imagine the serenity of soaring smoothly through the sky, just below the tickling clouds, yet high enough that the trees begin to resemble fresh broccoli. It's an experience that airplanes and helicopters can't capture: the calming quiet, the newborn air, and the defiance of gravity without turbulence or having to return your seat to an upright position. Piloted by an FAA-approved captain, Magic Carpet Ride takes landlubbers to new heights aboard the vividly colored inflatable vessel known as Sun Dancer, which lives up to its name as it waltzes amid the tranquil breezes and gentle sun rays. Embarking at sunrise and sunset, seven days a week (weather permitting), the Sun Dancer surveys many of Atlanta's most scenic sights with a flight area that includes Cumming, Snellville, and Powder Springs. Safely snugged in their hovering basket, passengers enjoy low-flying bird's-eye views of fall's collage of colors, the endless vistas of winter, spring's foliage and flowers, and summer's surplus of people frolicking outdoors, staring jealously at passing hot air balloons. Flights generally last 1 hour, yet the entire adventure can take up to 4 hours as passengers partake in the inflation process of the Sun Dancer and enjoy a post-flight champagne celebration featuring savory noshes.

P.O. Box 81273
Atlanta,
GA
US

Stuart Enloe has logged some serious time in the sky. He's spent more than 200 hours in gas balloons, performed more than 80 parachute jumps, flew for 600 hours in airplanes, and totaled a whopping 2,700 hours in hot-air balloons. In total, he has spent enough time in the air to justify carving a second home into a cloud?more than 145 days.

At his main aerial outlet, Balloon Atlanta, Stuart carries this experience with him on every flight. He maintains a fleet of colorful hot-air balloons, available for scenic flights over some of the Southeast's most stunning landscapes. His passengers float over Lake Lanier, just barely skimming the surface, or sail up until mountains frame the warm light of sunset and set the scene for a romantic kiss or engagement. Regardless of which route he follows, a dedicated crew follows on the ground to pack away equipment and provide passengers a ride back to the starting point once the balloon lands.

491 Air Acres Ln.
Woodstock,
GA
US

Air Balloon Rides Atlanta provides passengers with a one-of-a-kind view of the local landscape from the wickered confines of a blissfully bobbing basket. Each sunrise or sunset atmospheric cruise begins with a safety briefing, including an explanation of how to pronounce Sir Isaac Newton's name backwards to reverse the laws of gravity. Following the preliminaries, mock the futile flapping of penguins and ostriches while climbing upwards of 3,000 feet into the air, where the sky chariot and FAA-licensed pilot will carry passengers back to the days when all transportation was balloon-based. After an approximately hour-long flight that might travel as far as 15 miles, passengers celebrate the return to Earth with a Champagne reception and receive a personalized flight certificate autographed by the balloon's pilot, crew chief, and highly literate cirrus clouds.

6201 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
Stone Mountain,
GA
US

Balloons Over Georgia's owners Daryl and Lynn's flirtation with flotation began as a hobby, and then grew into a full-time family business, allowing them to share the breathtaking skies and sights of Northern Georgia. Helmed by certified FAA pilots and holding up to 16 passengers, the colorful, inflatable vessels haul groundlubbers up and over the skyline, at times skimming treetops or sailing at thousands of feet, depending upon wind, weather, and which measuring stick they use. On days when the clouds cooperatively part, the 40–50 miles of visibility incorporate stunning vistas of downtown Atlanta's high rises, Stone Mountain’s carved façade, or the vast, glittering puddle of Lake Lanier. Low-altitude riders occasionally spot deer frolicking beneath the craft or observe the grace of a red-tailed hawk hunting unsuspecting prey such as a mouse or a senator's toupee.

112 Jason Ln
Cumming,
GA
US

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.

493 Airport Road
Rockmart,
GA
US