What You'll Get
Defying gravity requires moon shoes, a first name preceded by Super, or a few canisters of liquid propane and a large wicker basket. Step inside a world of hot air and bobbing bliss with today's Groupon for a one-hour hot-air balloon ride from Dream Flights USA. Balloonatics can choose between two flying options:
- For $140, you get a weekday balloon ride (a $280 value).
- For $170, you get a weekend balloon ride (a $340 value).
Dream Flights USA will scoop up civilians for approximately 60 to 75 minutes of soaring serenity. Though the flight's departure location and path depend on weather conditions and wind patterns, each tour will offer a scenic ride over Lexington, granting passengers a bird's-eye view of the city's famous landmarks and signature horse-shaped intersections. The adventure begins with the crew inflating the hot air balloons in front of the soon-to-be passengers, immersing them in the airborne action to come. Once passengers have loaded into the balloon's gondola, Dream Flights' pilots launch the craft into the sky. Bring along a camera to capture your ascent to a place where birds come in V’s and the wind dictates direction. All Dream Flights pilots are licensed to fly commercially, with or without balloon assistance, and have decades of experience, rising and falling for 25 years without incident.
Baskets can hold up to 16 people, making this a perfect chance to meet fellow skyseekers or a romantic getaway for married octuplets. Each Groupon is good for one person's entry aboard the futuristic aerovessel, so grab two and bring that special someone or just one to finally escape them.
You must sign a legal waiver in order to participate. Reservations are required at least five days in advance.
Though there aren't many online reviews, you can check out enthusiastic written and video testimonials on Dream Flights USA's website:
- Words can’t describe what it feels like to suddenly be floating on air and carried away by a massive beautiful balloon! – Ruben Estevez
- What a great treat! My wife got a ride for myself and my father as a belated father’s day present. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company and this event to anyone! – Peter S. Schaefer
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required 14 days in advance; subject to availability and weather conditions. No refunds; may reschedule. 230lb weight max or additional fee. Must sign waiver. No cash value. Fuel surcharge not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Dream Flights USA
When Richard Arnold bought his first hot air balloon, his dreams for it were humble: he wanted to use it as a flying billboard for his jewelry store. The technicolor balloon caught so much attention, though, that it snowballed into a separate hot air balloon business.
Today, Dream Flights USA offers airborne adventures across the country, and Arnold—who now has more than 25 years of flying experience—is one of its seasoned pilots. He and his team helm bird's-eye-view tours of scenic terrain, celebrity homes, and beautifully maintained crop circles. In accordance with ballooning tradition, pilots and passengers can celebrate each successful tour with a champagne toast.