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There are plenty of perks to flying in a hot air balloon, but it all comes down to a simple fact: the world just looks better from high above. High On You Balloon Team, of course, knows this, which is why the company offers couples, families, and solo adventurers the chance to catch a bird's-eye view of southeastern Florida.

1750 Southwest Saint Lucie West Boulevard
Port St. Lucie,
FL
US

During 29 years of drifting through the Florida skies, Orlando Balloon Rides had already amassed an impressive fleet of gargantuan flying inflatables when a new balloon arrived. The product of an ambitious factory in Spain, the newcomer holds more than 400,000 cubic feet of hot air and stands as tall as an 11-story building. Four times the size of the average hot air inflatable, it's among the most massive hot air balloons currently flown in the United States.

Now reigning as a popular vessel for the company's sunrise tours, the mammoth balloon can fly away with a basket of 24 passengers as it commands the skies, dwarfing most clouds and giving the Goodyear Blimp an identity crisis. From any of Orlando Balloon Rides' baskets, passengers take in high-altitude views of Walt Disney World and the city's skyline, sights visitors rarely get to see from above. Each of the company's hot air balloons is piloted by an FAA-certified pilot who also serves as a knowledgeable narrator of the scenery below.

6375 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
Kissimmee,
FL
US

In more than 100 locations around the country, ThrillZown's staff facilitates adrenaline-filled excursions full of extreme water, air, and land adventures. Under the supervision of experts, brave souls defy gravity as they skydive, hang-glide, bungee jump, or play films of apples falling off trees in reverse. On land, crews harness the power of horses, stock cars, and snowmobiles; in the water, groups navigate whitewater rapids or explore aquatic depths as they scuba dive or surf.

8660 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
Kissimmee,
FL
US

On June 1, as the early-morning sunlight bathes Formosa Gardens in a pale late-spring light, strange shapes will begin to billow up from the nearby landscape. They belong to more than 25 hot air balloons, which will take to the skies to mark the beginning of the Kissimmee Blue Skies Adventure Race at Formosa Gardens. As the balloons observe from on high, runners will navigate 3.5 miles of rodeo-themed obstacles. During the cowboy-inspired race, feet will slap muddy trails and clamber over bronco hurdles, as racers meet challenges ranging from a wagon trail to a feeding troth on their quests to finish first. Medals and T-shirts proclaim victory for each participant who sails over the finish line.

7836 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
Kissimmee,
FL
US

Sunrise Ballon Flights' inflatables take adventurous passengers on flights that start low enough to steal toupees and soar up to heights of 3,000 feet. The balloons are borne aloft by the winds of the moment, so no two journeys are exactly the same. Riders can see Disney World or cruise over wetlands bustling with wild turkeys and deer.

Wherever the winds take the balloon, it's in professional hands. Sunrise Ballon Flights has maintained a perfect safety record since it was founded in 2002, thanks to full-time career pilots who regularly attend FAA safety seminars. Many of these pilots carry commercial ratings in other aircraft, too, such as helicopters and airplanes.

6075 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
Kissimmee,
FL
US

As the sun starts to ascend into the Florida sky, so, too, do the balloons from Sunrise Balloon Flights. Though the sun is a constant, every trip is different: some will have you zipping above swamps, while others have you sailing along the edge of Disney World. The views are certainly spectacular, and the company has a safety record to match. FAA-certified commercial pilots helm every flight, doubling as tour guides of the sky as they point out passing landmarks and clouds that look like their ancestors. The balloons fly as low as the treetops or soar to up to 3,000 feet in the air.

6075 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
Kissimmee,
FL
US