45- to 60-minute ballon flights offer pristine sunrise views of the region and conclude with a celebratory toast
What You'll Get
- Participants can watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon.
- What’s included: celebratory toast, a commemorative flight certificate
- Age restriction: must be 5 or older
- Weight restriction: 300 Ibs. max
- Flight time: 45–60 minutes
- Total time: 3 hours
- Dates available: June 7–August 31, 2020
The Fine Print
About Rainbow Ryders
Fire and wind: that’s all it takes to fly. Hot air ballooning’s sheer simplicity sparked pilot Scott Appelman’s interest in the sport almost four decades ago. “In a lot of ways, it’s the exact opposite of the way the world is today,” says the Rainbow Ryders, Inc. founder. “And I think that gives it a certain degree of romance.”
Further evidence of ballooning’s inherent romance can be found in the number of proposals and weddings that have taken place aboard Rainbow Ryders’ fleet of 31 balloons have safely floated hundreds of thousands of people, earning the company a spot on Yahoo’s list of top five places in the nation to pop the question. Even if engagement is not on passengers’ agendas, the crew still strives to ensure a memorable expedition. Guests can join the launch crew to help inflate the balloon before takeoff, and upon landing, pilot and passengers clink glasses in a champagne toast to celebrate another successful flight.
Though whimsy and romance may prove the biggest draw, Rainbow Ryders’ untarnished safety record is what ultimately keeps the balloons hovering. Since 1983, experienced pilots have safely floated 300,000 people over the Rio Grande Valley. Pilots not only helm top-tier equipment, but carefully monitor the region’s weather patterns to ensure smooth thermal drafts and minimize hitchhiking requests from migrating geese.