Early man made many attempts at flying, such as sewing feathers onto his arms and scaling mountain peaks in order to cling to the underbellies of passing comets. Fly the new-fashioned way with today's Groupon: for $125, you get a one-hour hot air balloon ride with Morning Star Balloons (a $200 value). This Groupon is valid May through September only, expiring in September 2012.
Navigate the skies on one of Morning Star Balloons' hot air spherical aircrafts, beholding the Utah mountainscape while effortlessly floating above the world's worries. This deal affords a full-hour ride after a 15- to 20-minute inflation period when a propane burner heats the air until the mighty balloon-bird is buoyant enough for takeoff. An FAA-certified pilot will take up to 12 gondola cowboys at a time to elevations around 500 to 1,500 feet, allowing gentle breezes to push the craft, and allowing you to practice yodeling to the tick-sized people on the ground. After your maiden voyage, celebrate exploring the great parking lot in the air with a complimentary champagne toast (non-alcoholic drinks are available), a first-flight certificate of ascension, and free digital photographs of your trip, easily Photoshopped so it appears you courageously cruised over Mount Doom.
Morning Star Balloons' FAA-certified pilots have each logged more than 3,000 hours bending the throttle of hot-air balloons, and the Morning Star chase crew will be present wherever the balloon lands to deflate the zephyr-taming craft and drive passengers back to the launch site. Enjoy a journey as whimsical as Willy Wonka's discovery of the gummi-worm trade route to China by hovering in the azure blue.
Rides are weather dependent. Reservations are required.
Morning Star Balloons
Morning Star Balloons ushers cloud hunters toward their quarry, navigating the skies as transfixed guests float high above Utah's pristine mountainscape. The seasoned, FAA-certified pilots employ experience flying military jets, winning numerous hot air balloon competitions, and establishing dominance over out-of-control umbrellas as they confidently steer the colorful vessels to heights of between 500–1,500 feet. Groups of up to 12 soar above Park City’s lush landscape and during early-morning flights, with a complimentary champagne or nonalcoholic toast welcoming passengers back to solid ground. Despite its burgeoning fame through the TV shows The Amazing Race and Nitro Circus, Morning Star Balloons keeps a level head as it donates its services to local schools and charities.